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About Melbourne Mindfulness Institute

The Melbourne Mindfulness Institute provides mindfulness training to both groups and individuals enabling people to apply a mindfulness-based approach to daily life while improving their sense of well-being. Our email contact is melbournemindfulness.melbourne@gmail.com

Our approach is based on Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), developed by Dr Bruno Cayoun. University of Tasmania, Hobart http://www.mindfulness.net.au/

The Melbourne Mindfulness Institute offers regular MiCBT courses in both Melbourne and Geelong as well as providing MiCBT to individual clients who may need to work on issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, attention issues, anger, post traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, pain management.

Director –

Sarah Francis is a registered psychologist trained and experienced in mindfulness theory and practice. Sarah has qualifications in both psychology and education holding degrees of M.Psych., M.A., B.Ed., as well as a Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, the Certficate lV in Training and Assessment and the Vocational Graduate Diploma in MiCBT. Sarah has worked as a teacher, human resources manager, general manager of learning and development, business consultant and psychologist and is the author of "Workplace Communication: A Teacher's Guide" (Pitman, 1993).

Sarah’s specialist psychology training includes training in Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has conducted research into the measurement of mindfulness and the impact of mindfulness on well-being and is currently engaged in research on MiCBT in comparison with other interventions. Sarah regularly conducts MiCBT training courses
 for depression, anxiety and stress and conducts mindfulness training for health professionals, post-graduate students and corporate groups. Sarah is the convenor of the Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group and works closely with Dr. Bruno Cayoun as the head of the Learning and Development Group at the MiCBT Institute. Having attended many courses and teachings on Buddhism  for over 10 years and undertaken meditation retreats in Australia and Nepal she is well equipped to integrate key aspects of eastern and western psychology.

Sarah works in private practice in Melbourne and has an appointment as a senior psychology consultant providing corporate psychology services to PPC Worldwide.

 

Associates:

Glenn Kelly, Ph.D., MAPS., is a registered psychologist with a Doctorate in behavioural psychology. He has spent many years employed as a researcher/clinician with a Victorian statewide service that specialised in brain injury and behaviour intervention. He currently works for Diverge Consulting, a specialist psychology service operating throughout Victoria. In these roles Glenn has worked with clients, families, and therapists managing neurobehavioural disorder and the associated personal and interpersonal sequelae. For over 20 years, Glenn as practiced yoga and mindfulness techniques, and currently sees clients with a range of difficulties for treatment with MiCBT. A research interest is the practice of mindfulness among carers to reduce psychological distress and promote self-efficacy.

Suzanne Brown MA Clin. Neuropsychology, MAPS., is a clinical neuropsychologist with an interest in brain-behaviour relationships. Suzanne has formal training in MiCBT, and incorporates mindfulness practice in her therapeutic work with clients. She worked as the Senior Clinician of Victoria’s statewide brain injury behaviour-intervention service between 2001-2008, and then was a Research Fellow at Monash University’s Clinical Psychology Centre, working on the Headstart Multi-Family Group Program. Currently Suzanne is the Manager at Diverge Consulting, a not for profit community organisation that provides specialist psychology services throughout VIctoria. Suzanne has considerable experience in conducting group work, providing counselling, rehabilitation therapy and psycho-education to clients and their families, and delivering training for health professionals.

About Mindfulness and MiCBT:

Mindfulness is described as bringing conscious awareness to the present moment, purposefully focussing attention and being accepting and non-judgemental of experience. Mindfulness enables us to remember to stay fully aware of only what is actually presently happening both internally and externally – with no bias and no judgement. MiCBT develops both metacognitive awareness (ability to think about our thinking) AND interoceptive awareness (ability to notice what is happening in our bodies). MiCBT is a skillful integration of mindfulness training with contemporary evidence based approaches of western psychology.

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) is a sophisticated approach to mindfulness-based therapy utilizing both mindfulness skills and traditional CBT methods. MiCBT is delivered in 4-stages. In stage 1, mindfulness skills are taught to improve our understanding of thoughts and body sensations. In stage 2 we learn how to apply these skills to the challenges of human life. Stage 3 specifically engages the mindfulness skills in interpersonal and relationship issues and stage 4 deals with empathic understanding of ourselves and others. Changing unhelpful or unwanted habits becomes easier as mindfulness skills are consolidated and integrated into daily life. We learn to understand and accept the process of thinking and sensing and to have a different perspective on troublesome thoughts and reactions.