Who is Mindfulness West?

Marisa Collins, MD MHSc CCFP FCFP 

Marisa has been a family physician, educator and researcher. She earned her Certification to facilitate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the University of Toronto. Marisa has also trained to deliver Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for addictive behaviours (MBRP), and Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents (MARS-A). 

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.

Marisa's personal mindfulness practice includes open-water swimming most days. She moved to southern Vancouver Island from Pemberton BC in 2017.

Louise Parkinson, MA CCC

Louise's bio and photo are coming soon.