How to Refer
Mindfulness West offers the following evidence-based therapeutic programs by referral from a physician or other qualified mental-health professional:
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
– depressive relapse prevention, symptom reduction for mild-moderate depression &/or anxiety, coping with pain or chronic disease, and stress management
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
– for those with addictive behaviours who are in recovery
Mindful Self-Care for Caregivers
– for informal and family/friend caregivers
Information for Clinicians
BEFORE referring to our Mindfulness-Based Programs
Does your patient have the time and energy? - to attend an 8-week program that includes: a two-hour class each week plus daily practice for up to 45-60 minutes each day.
CAREFULLY review the exclusion criteria listed on the Referral Form to further assess suitability for referral.
Administer a PHQ-9 before completing the referral. Why?
Patients with a score >14 are usually not ready for these programs. Please consider deferring referral.
If a patient’s PHQ-9 question #9 score is 1 or greater, a risk assessment with subsequent safety planning may be necessary. Please consider deferring referral.
For patients with higher PHQ-9 scores/acuity, referral to alternate services is more appropriate.
Complete the Referral Form carefully and legibly.
Referrals must include the patient's/client’s email address and PHQ-9 score. If the patient/client does not have an email address please indicate this on the form.
If your patient/client has any exclusions, you MUST provide an explanation for the referral.
INCOMPLETE or illegible referrals will be returned to source.
If you are an MD or NP, please submit a “no charge referral” to MSP to Dr. Marisa Collins #07067.
ICD 9 code examples: 300 Anxiety Disorder, 311 Depressive Disorder, 309 Adjustment Reaction, 316 Psychological Factors Affecting Other Medical Conditions, 300.4 Dysthymic Disorder, 303/304 Alcohol or drug dependence
PLEASE inform your patient/client that in most cases we will contact them by email to arrange an intake & information appointment.
An intake and information appointment is required prior to group enrolment. Referral and attendance at a pre-course appointment do not guarantee enrolment. We may recommend deferring participation until a later date or recommend participation in a different program.
A limited number of groups are scheduled each year. You will be notified if your patient cannot be reached or declines service. You will receive notice of your patient’s/client’s enrolment or other status, either after the intake session or after their attendance in the program.
NB: Mindfulness West facilitators cannot serve as the primary mental health care providers for patients enrolled in the program. Participants in all Mindfulness-Based Programs must have a physician who agrees to act as most responsible physician (MRP) or must be under the care of another qualified mental health professional.
Information for Patients/Clients
What to expect AFTER they are referred to a Mindfulness-Based Program
We will use email to contact them to arrange appointments. Emails will come from and they may want to add this address to their “safe list".
Attending an intake & information appointment is required before enrolling in all Mindfulness-Based Programs offered by Mindfulness West.
The intake & information appointment can take up to two hours and includes:
Completion of a detailed mental health questionnaire
Individual interview with MBCT facilitator(s)
Introductory group information session with a few other potential participants
Deciding, together with the facilitator(s), if it is the right program and right time to participate.
Mindfulness West programs are free for anyone with a valid BC Care Card number.
Some partner organizations cover the cost of program workbooks. We will advise your patient/client if there are any additional costs for materials.