Who is Mindfulness West?
Marisa Collins, MD MHSc CCFP FCFP
Marisa is a family physician, educator and researcher. She earned Certification to facilitate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and University of Toronto. She is working towards Advanced Certification to become a Teacher Trainer. Marisa has participated in additional mindfulness-based program trainings in BC, including through the Division of Adolescent Health & Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital. Until recently, Marisa served as the Medical Director for Options for Sexual Health (formerly known as Planned Parenthood Federation of BC). Her clinical practice is now almost entirely focussed in mental health. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia.
Janet RaynerThorn, MSW RSW
Janet is a Registered Social Worker and Counsellor, with a Masters in Social Work from the University of British Columbia. She has 30 years of counselling and consultation experience, in academic (Director of Pacific Spirit Family and Community Services, UBC), corporate (BMO, BC Hydro, BC Children’s Hospital) and private counselling services (Vancouver and Westshore). Janet completed the MBCT professional training retreat in 2014 and has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for over 35 years. She currently has a private counselling practice in Sooke, BC and is also a passionate artist.