Date

02 Dec 2023
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Australia / Sydney
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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The MiCBT International Summit 2023 was held on December 2, 2023. It brought together MiCBT trainers, researchers and practitioners from around the world to explore the application of MiCBT in various disciplines. 

Summit Recording

If you missed the Summit, don’t worry – you can watch the recording and download the handouts below!



Summit Committee



Summit Program

Please find the complete program schedule for the Summit, along with detailed information about the presenters, as well as the MiCBT chapter and its directors below:

The MiCBT Journey: 20 Years of Teaching the Middle Way in Therapy

Dr Cayoun will describe the beginnings of MiCBT, the progression of training, including trainers who joined the Institute over time and their amazing contributions, and the recent offering of the researcher scholarships. He will share his vision for the future of MiCBT and its expansion of training worldwide.

Bruno Cayoun, DPsych, Founder and Director MiCBT Institute, Hobart, AU

A Literature Review of the Transdiagnostic Utility of MiCBT

A brief review of all the published and pre-published literature pertaining to MiCBT. This presentation will include a summary of the aims, methods and results. Additionally, some direction for future studies will be included.

Richard Hulme, DPsych, Telehealth Clinical Psychologist, AU10:35

When your Worse Case Scenario is almost a Certainty: Treating Emetophobia in Children. A Brief Case Study of an 11-year old Boy

A case study of an 11-year-old boy from a family background of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to Melbourne after the Second World War. The child was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, ADHD and emetophobia. The case demonstrates the importance of utilising a transdiagnostic approach that includes both child and parent. In addition, it highlights the importance of the understanding of experiential ownership during bipolar exposure.

Boyd Cowley, Psychologist, Melbourne, AU11:00

Developing Deep Self-awareness through Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation

In this short talk, I discuss the benefits of developing deep self-awareness through mindfulness meditation, specifically Vipassana meditation. I highlight how mindfulness can help us explore our levels of subconsciousness and gain insight into our cravings and aversions, ultimately breaking the cycle of suffering.

I will share my personal journey of discovering and addressing anxiety through mindfulness meditation, emphasizing that even a trained psychologist can suffer from anxiety due to a hidden lack of self-awareness. Through meditation and observing body sensations with equanimity, I learned to identify and understand the triggers of anxiety. This deep self-awareness has led to increased wisdom and compassion and enhanced my ability to help clients reduce their suffering.

Lucy Cabezon-Prieto, Clinical Psychologist, Gold Coast, AU

The MiCBT Calling

A clinical and organizational psychologist with more than 30 years of experience, who is new to MiCBT, is transitioning back to private practice with the goal of offering MiCBT to Francophones as a retirement project. Keep an eye on his journey!

Daniel Huard, M.A., RP, Clinical Psychologist, Quebec, CA. satimeditation.ca.

The Development, Validation and Clinical Use of the Equanimity Scale 16 (ES-16)

It has been suggested that equanimity is a central mechanism of action and change in mindfulness practice and that both mindfulness and equanimity are interdependent. In response to growing interest in measures to assess equanimity, the Equanimity Scale 16 (ES-16) was developed by first identifying a pool of 517 theoretically appropriate items from 26 existing self-report measures of mindfulness and relevant constructs.

Two studies found and confirmed a 16-item scale with two underlying dimensions of equanimity (Experiential Acceptance and Non-Reactivity) and found support for the reliability of the overall ES-16. These showed evidence of concurrent validity through positive correlations with measures of related constructs, such as nonattachment, and negative correlations with measures of psychological distress. In a subsequent randomised control trial using MiCBT, the ES-16 was sensitive to improvements from pre- to post-intervention in the clinical group and discriminated clearly between participants with one or more mental health conditions from those in the general population, both at pre- and posttreatment, showing good predictive validity. Response-shifts were detected on all measures in the clinical group, suggesting that pre/post assessment may underestimate the effectiveness of MiCBT, and possibly other MBIs.

Results support both the use of the ES-16 in clinical contexts and the utility of retrospective scores to detect and quantify response-shift as a measure of increased experiential awareness following an MBI.

Alice Shires, PhD, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney AU11:25

The Effects of the Mindfulness-based Interoceptive Exposure Task on the Management of Pain

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have been shown to be efficacious in the management of chronic pain, but they are associated with small to moderate effects and some forms of MBIs are very intensive. The Mindfulness interoceptive exposure task (MIET) is a brief strategy which can be utilized to help manage pain. The theoretical or conceptual basis of the MIET will be described, and a series of empirical studies testing the efficacy of the MIET will be presented.

In the first study, the MIET was administered to 15 consecutive patients with chronic pain. Results showed large within subject’s changes in outcomes, indicating that the MIET has potential as a brief strategy to improve outcomes in people with chronic pain. In a further empirical study, the MIET was compared to distraction and a no-instruction control for health participants who then completed a cold pressor test.

For acute rather than chronic pain, the MIET was not associated with differences in pain, although it was associated with large benefits for pain threshold and tolerance. In a further randomized controlled trial for people with chronic pain, the MIET resulted in reductions in pain both within the session and at 2 and 12 weeks later. However, the broader benefits of the MIET found in the first study were not demonstrated in a comparison with the control group. Finally, results of a recent randomised controlled study using the MIET for chronic pain in a telehealth version will also be presented.

Alice Shires, Senior Lecturer, University of Technology, Sydney, AU

International Collaboration

Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne, AU: Benchmarking Change in Meditation Practice: A Delphi Study

Canterbury University, UK  and Auckland University of Technology, NZ: MPQM Study

Torrens University, Adelaide, AU: Smoking Cessation Study

Bruno Cayoun, DPsych, Founder and Director MiCBT Institute, Hobart, AU11:50

Collaboration in the USA

Harvard University: Development and Validation of the Insight Development Interview

New Harbinger Publications: The Mindfulness and Meditation Workbook for Anxiety and Depression: Balance Emotions, Overcome Intrusive Thoughts, and Find Peace Using Mindfulness-integrated CBT, 2024

Wiley-Blackwell Publications: 2nd Edition of MiCBT for Well-being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships, co-authored by Bruno Cayoun and Andrea Grabovac

UCSD Mindfulness-Based Program Training Institute: 1-day MiCBT Workshops

Andrea Grabovac, MD, Clinical Psychiatrist, Vancouver, CA

MiCBT Courses for Mental Health Practitioners at Beheshti University and Tehran University

Given the increasing interest in MiCBT research in Iran, more researchers will be tempted to investigate its effectiveness in improving mental and general health in both the community and patient populations in Iran.

Dr Farzinrad plans to offer MiCBT training and supervision to about clinicians in Tehran, and provide supervision for about 100 hours while they implement MiCBT with mental health outpatients and inpatients. This will be a great way of expanding MiCBT to the Iranian mental health practitioners’ community.

Banafsheh Farzinrad, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Tehran, IR

The Journey from Substance Use Dependence to Independence through MiCBT in North East India.

Introduction: Northeast India has long been identified as the highest user of Substance Addiction, where it is estimated that 850,000 individuals inject drugs, causing physical and mental health impairments. Accordingly, the rationale for this multiple-case study was to do a preliminary assessment of the effectiveness of MiCBT with substance use dependence (SUD) in a rehabilitation centre of Guwahati, in Assam, India.

Method: This pilot study involved pre-post and follow-up design with three participants who participated in a 16-week MiCBT intervention for a period of 16 weeks, delivered in a group format. The Mindfulness-based Self-Efficacy Scale-Revised (MSES-R), Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21) Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), and a semi-structured interview of treatment outcomes were utilized.

Results: Participants’ quantitative changes in self-efficacy and mental health status will be discussed, along with qualitative changes over the course of therapy. Further, the follow-up of the participants' progress over 12 months and way ahead of MiCBT in the rehabilitation centre to assist the clients of addiction will be discussed.

Conclusion: This is the first study undertaken in Northeast India, demonstrating the journey from substance dependence to independence through MiCBT. This multiple case study is sufficiently inspiring to suggest that the intervention needs to be replicated in the larger population through randomized controlled trials.

Sandamita Choudhury, Clinical Psychologist, Guwahati, Assam, IN

Loving Kindness to All Beings: Oops, Sorry!

An embarrassingly funny, but not so funny, publicly displayed unconscious reactive experience during a 5-day MiCBT retreat. A direct perception-action effect.  

Richard Hulme, DPsych, Telehealth Clinical Psychologist, AU12:30

Interoceptive Conditioning towards Sensations associated with Chronic Fatigue, and Desensitization and Ultimately Elimination through Exposure and Equanimity 

I will discuss the theme of arising interoceptive conditioning to sensations associated with chronic fatigue among several clients during exposure while engaging in the part-by-part body scanning assigned in weeks 3 and 4 of the MiCBT program.

Through the combination of exposure and equanimity towards the body, clients reported desensitization of conditioned reactivity towards chronic fatigue, which led to its significant reduction and even elimination of symptoms.

As a result, clients reported an overall increase in energy levels, productivity and motivation outside of their practice.  

Nicole LeBlanc, MA, MSW, RSW, New Brunswick, CA

MiCBT for Couples

Assisting couples in conflict efficiently is often complex and difficult. Sig Taylor is an experienced Canadian Relational Life Therapist who specializes in combining MiCBT with other evidence-based approaches for couples.

In this brief talk, Sig will describe how he mostly used MiCBT with one partner, and how he more recently began to implement MiCBT with the couple. Sig will describe the effectiveness of his current approach, combining couple sessions in weeks 1, 7, 8, 10 of the MiCBT programme with individual MiCBT work in the other weeks.

Depending on the couple, he also adds additional communication and conflict management strategies from other couples therapy models, especially Relational Life Therapy.

Sig Taylor, MSW, RMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist, Alberta, CA

The Effect of MiCBT on Clients with Anxiety and History of Suicide Attempts

Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MiCBT) is a transdiagnostic program that is increasingly being studied for its effectiveness across a range of disorders. We conducted two randomised controlled trials examining the efficacy of the entire MiCBT program or its component parts in two clinical groups: clients with a history of suicidal attempts and clients with symptoms of anxiety.

In the first study, 30 participants with a history of suicide attempts were randomly assigned to either a MiCBT group (n = 15) or a control group (n = 15). We assessed the levels of anxiety, stress, and coping strategies at pre-treatment, post-treatment, and two-month follow-ups. The MiCBT group showed significantly greater symptom reduction and functioning than the control group.

The second study is the first to examine the rationale for including interoceptive exposure during Stage 2 of MiCBT, which was done by comparing the efficacy of interoceptive exposure and exteroceptive exposure in anxious participants. Seventy-eight participants with anxiety were randomly assigned to three groups: a Stage 1 MiCBT group, a behavioural exteroceptive exposure group, and progressive muscle relaxation control group. Data from the State and Trait Anxiety Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, and the Anxiety Sensitivity Index were collected at pre-treatment, post-treatment, and 2-month follow-up. Except for trait anxiety, both interoceptive and exteroceptive exposures resulted in more symptom reduction than in the control, and follow-up data showed that interoceptive exposure led to more progressive improvements than exteroceptive exposure. The results support the use of both interoceptive and exteroceptive exposure tasks in MiCBT.

Fateh Sohrabi, Clinical Psychologist, Tehran, IR12:45

MiCBT in the Classroom: Five Years of Reflections on Teaching the 4 Stages of MiCBT to Undergraduate University Students

Teaching mindfulness at the university level has been filled with the great rewards that come with working with young minds eager to learn more about themselves and strategies for coping with their busy lives.  However, it has also been fraught with challenges: trying to motivate practice, assigning grades to this type of material and changing platforms of delivery over a global pandemic. During this presentation, I will share the joys and challenges of teaching MiCBT at the University level both from the teacher and student perspectives.

Alia Offman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Ontario, CA13:10

Short Review of the MiCBT Interest and Research Peer Supervision Group

Sarah Francis will describe the monthly meetings, including topics discussed and details of the one-day online peer-led retreats. She will also provide information about membership and the group's history.

Sarah Francis, PhD, Psychologist, Melbourne, AU

Enhancing Self-esteem in University Students through Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MiCBT): A Study at Shiraz University

Introduction: This study explores the impact of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MiCBT) on self-esteem in students at Shiraz University, Iran. Self-esteem is a critical factor influencing students' psychological health and academic success. MiCBT has shown potential in boosting self-esteem, and this research aims to substantiate this effect.

Method: The study involved 31 participants, divided into two groups: 16 in the MiCBT group (10 females, 6 males) and 15 in the waitlist control group (8 females, 7 males). Participants underwent pre- and post-test assessments using a validated self-esteem scale.

Results: Analysis of covariance indicated that, compared to the control group, the MiCBT group reported a significant improvement in the overall self-esteem score at post-intervention. Notably, all self-esteem components—physical, social, general, family, and academic—showed significant differences between the two groups. The MiCBT group scored higher on average in all components at post-intervention, except for the lying component, which remained consistent across both groups.

Conclusion: MiCBT appears to be an effective strategy for enhancing self-esteem among university students by positively affecting overall self-esteem and its specific components. This underscores MiCBT's potential as a tool for promoting student well-being and enriching their academic experience. Further research in the implementation of MiCBT in educational settings with larger samples is recommended to help improve university students' psychological well-being.

Associate Professor Masoud Fazilat-Pour, PhD, Cogn. Psych. Faculty of Education and Psychology Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran13:25

The Impact of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy on Coping Strategies, Body Image, and Self-Esteem in Patients with Vitiligo

Introduction: Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that can significantly impact body image and self-esteem. Mindfulness-integrated cognitive behavioral therapy (MiCBT) may help improve coping and well-being in this population, as it provides training in awareness and acceptance of stressful thoughts and emotions, with an emphasis on equanimity, and implements CBT tasks to integrate mindfulness skills across various life domains to facilitate adaptive coping in daily life. This study examined the efficacy of MiCBT for improving coping strategies, body image, and self-esteem in patients with vitiligo.

Methods: Sixty individuals with vitiligo were recruited and randomly assigned to either a MiCBT group (n=30) or a waitlist control group (n=30). The waitlist control group received no intervention during the initial 10-week period and were offered MiCBT only following completion of the study. In addition to doing homework exercises, the MiCBT group attended 120-minute weekly group sessions for 10 weeks. Coping strategies were assessed using the Coping Strategies Questionnaire. Self-esteem and body image were measured using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory and Marshall's Physical Self-Definition Inventory, respectively.

Results: Participants in the MiCBT group reported increased use of problem-focused coping strategies versus emotion-focused or avoidance coping post-treatment. MiCBT also significantly improved body image and self-esteem compared with the waitlist group. The waitlist group showed no change during the initial 10-week treatment.

Discussion: These findings show that MiCBT may be an effective intervention for improving coping strategies, body image, and self-esteem in individuals with vitiligo. The results also support the transdiagnostic effectiveness of MiCBT. Future research should explore the long-term effects of MiCBT for individuals with this skin condition

Associate Professor Masoud Fazilat-Pour, PhD, Cogn. Psych. Faculty of Education and Psychology Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

The MiCBT App

Finally!! After 7 years of complex and dedicated development, the long-awaited MiCBT app is here! The app will be officially launched by Dr Cayoun at the summit. He will briefly introduce the app’s structure and features, and their ability to assist with the implementation of MiCBT in our clinical and community settings, as well as in research projects.

Bruno Cayoun, DPsych, Founder and Director MiCBT Institute, Hobart, Australia13:45

Presenters


MiCBT Institute Chapters and Directors

The International MiCBT Institute Chapters are led by experienced Institute-accredited trainers who specialise in MiCBT training and clinical implementation. The chapters provide MiCBT training programs and resources tailored to specific languages and countries. With translated materials, such as books, practice forms, online courses and more, they teach and connect MiCBT practitioners around the world. For information about each chapter, click on their logo below.

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Alice Shires

Alice Shires is a clinical and research psychologist, Director of the UTS Psychology Clinic, and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). She is Chair of the Australasian Psychology Clinic Directors association (AAPTC) and is involved in research and development of teaching, supervision and training in clinical psychology. She has established the Mindfulness-integrated research clinic at UTS and research includes the efficacy of MiCBT in chronic pain, the process of supervision and assessment of competencies in clinical psychology, and the inclusion of mindfulness training in the clinical psychology training process.

Alice is a senior trainer of MiCBT, implements MiCBT with clients, teaches MiCBT to mental health professionals and supervises clinicians during the course of their MiCBT training. She has recently co-authored The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018) with Bruno Cayoun and Sarah Francis.

Bruno Cayoun

Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical and research psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the founder and Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.

Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and regularly cooperates on mindfulness-based research with various universities in Australia and abroad. He has practised mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.

Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of validated questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment , the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale, and co-developer of the Equanimity Scale 16.

Sarah Francis

Dr 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 PhD., M.Psych., M.A., B.Ed., as well as a Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Sarah has worked as a teacher, human resources manager, general manager of learning and development, business consultant and psychologist. She is the author of Workplace Communication: A Teacher’s Guide (Pitman, 1993) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018).

Sarah’s mindfulness 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 researched the measurement of mindfulness and completed her PhD researching the impact of mindfulness on well-being and the effectiveness of group-based MiCBT as a transdiagnostic intervention.

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 Melbourne MiCBT Interest Group’s convenor and works closely with Dr Bruno Cayoun and the researcher and trainer group at the MiCBT Institute. Having attended many courses and teachings on Buddhism over the past 25 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.

Richard Hulme

Richard has 16 years, including 13 years of post-doctorate, experience as a psychologist. This includes 13 years’ of experience as an MiCBT practitioner. For the last seven years, Richard has primarily focused on Telehealth Psychology helping older adults, adults, and teenagers (16 years and older). Richard has a deep interest in complex cases including Complex Trauma, PTSD, OCD and Addictions.

Boyd Cowley

Boyd is a registered psychologist who has worked with children and teenagers for over 26 years. He has worked in various contexts, including community mental health centres in Southern Africa, schools and private practice.

Boyd has over a decade of experience working with MiCBT and is a facilitator at Melbourne Insight Meditation.

Lucy Cabezon-Prieto

Lucy is a registered psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a Certified Practitioner in Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has received training in several areas, including ADHD coaching, management, human & community services, ASD assessment and treatment, training and assessment, investigation skills, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Schema Therapy, Family Constellations, EMDR Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Sleep Medicine, and other areas such as OHS Legislation.

Lucy has vast work experience, including working for the NSW Department of Community Services as a Manager/ Psychologist within the Allegations of Child Abuse Centralised Unit, as a Trainer within the Training and Development Branch, as an Investigator within the Allegations of Employee Unit, as a Project Officer within the Operations Development Unit, as well as an OHS Officer. She has also worked for the Gold Coast Drug Council Rehabilitation Centre as a psychologist/manager and lecturer at Bond and Griffith University and as a Counsellor at the Currumbin Private Clinic, managing eating disorders and drug and alcohol units. 

Lucy now runs a private practice in the Gold Coast area, Australia, where she focuses on treating clients with trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar affective disorder, pain management, ADHD, and personality disturbances.

Daniel Huard

Daniel Huard is a trained Clinical Psychologist, a member of the “Ordre des psychologues du Québec” since 1990 and of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, Canada, since 2015. 

Daniel worked for five years in the field of addictions, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups. He had a part-time private practice for 12 years before joining the Canadian Federal Government full-time as a Counsellor and the Manager of an Employee Assistance Program. He provided support and supervision to counsellors and helped the organization with its human systems.

An avid meditator for a decade now, he has successfully completed the Core MiCBT Training in June of 2023. A mindfulness and meditation enthusiast, he has the desire to help support people to grow and optimize their living experience.

Daniel has a passion for watching big birds soaring and gliding by taking energy from wind currents in the atmosphere, his ultimate analogy for navigating the sensate world of the humankind…, and “Remembering to Observe” (a practical meaning of Sati).

Andrea Grabovac

Dr Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, is Co-Director of the North American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute. She is  a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. Since 2005, she has been delivering mindfulness-based interventions in oncology, sexual medicine and psychiatric settings. Her academic interests include developing competencies for clinician training in mindfulness, as well as the integration of underpinning Buddhist psychological frameworks into mindfulness-based clinical interventions.

Banafsheh Farzinrad

Dr Banafsheh Farzinrad, PhD is a psychotherapist, researcher, university lecturer and trainer in third-wave cognitive behavioural therapies (MiCBT, MBCT, ACT, DBT, CBT and EST). She is the Co-Director of the Persian Chapter of the MiCBT Institute.

Dr. Farzinrad received her PhD in clinical psychology from the Medical Science University of Tehran. She worked as an assistant professor at the psychiatric department of the Medical Science University of Yazd and is currently providing clinical services for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties in counselling and psychotherapy centres of different universities and hospitals in Iran. Her research includes a large randomized controlled trial on the differential effects of MiCBT, DBT, ACT and CBT in borderline personality with and without a history of domestic violence.

Dr Farzinrad was formally trained in MiCBT by Dr Bruno Cayoun and supervised by him to train psychologists in conducting MiCBT research in Iran. She translated and published the psychometric properties of the Persian version of the Equanimity Scale 16 (ES-16) in the Rooyesh-e-Ravanshenasi Journal.

Sandamita Choudhury

Ms. Sandamita Choudhury is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (RCI), and Founder Director of Spreeha Wellbeing Centre which is a health and wellness clinic situated in North East India. She belongs to the land of “Blue Hills and Red River”, Assam, the gateway of Northeast India. Academically, she holds M.Phil and M.Sc degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her MiCBT practitioner level in the year 2021 under Dr. Bruno Cayoun.

Her motto is “Invest in mental health, it serves the best interest”.

She focuses on addressing the mental health needs of people at large through a combination of evidence-based psychological practices, mindfulness and spiritual practices. She has a diverse professional experience of over 10 years catering her services to special needs children, defence personnel, addiction recovery, individuals with psychiatric issues, and helping youth and adults deal with minor and major issues related to transitional phases. She has been actively participating in holding community programs for older adults to remove stigma related to mental health, and normalize seeking help to further improve their health and wellbeing.

Lorraine Klassen

Lorraine Klassen, M.Ed., CCC, a clinical counsellor in British Columbia since 1994, has provided counselling and a variety of training services in health care EAP, community agency settings and private practice. Since 2014, she has made MiCBT her focus in private practice.

Nicole LeBlanc

Nicole has over 12 years of experience working with individuals with chronic stress, anxiety, perfectionism, and burnout. She was first introduced to Insight meditation 9 years ago and since then has completed extensive training in this field.  Specifically, she has received her certification in Mindfulness-integrated CBT (MiCBT Institute, AU), and qualification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) (U. of Massachusetts Medical School), Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) (Center for Mindful Eating, NH) and Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) Training (U. of San Diego Medical School).  These trainings have been highly instrumental in her own development and in her efforts in working alongside individuals as they embark on their journey of self-discovery, personal growth and healing.

Sig Taylor

Mr. Taylor is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Relational Life Therapist in Alberta, Canada. He is a long-term meditator, initially practicing Transcendental Meditation for over 20 years, and then Vipassana Meditation as used in MiCBT for the past 7 years. He has been using MiCBT with hundreds of couples since 2016.

Fateh Sohrabi

Fateh Sohrabi is a clinical psychologist with a master’s degree in psychology and has an interest in health psychology. Fateh has worked as a student counsellor at various universities and a clinician with crisis intervention in severe and chronic mental health disorders in a psychiatric setting.

His research has involved evaluating the effect of MiCBT on depression, blood sugar levels, and treatment adherence in diabetic patients. During his master’s degree, he began using mindfulness and was initially trained in MBCT and later in MiCBT under the supervision of Dr. Bruno Cayoun. Since 2012, he has been using MiCBT and translated the main MiCBT resources into Persian, including the self-help book for clients and the Clinical Handbook of MiCBT for therapists, both of which have been published in Iran. He also translated and recorded all MiCBT audio instructions for mindfulness meditation in Persian.

Mr Sohrabi is currently doing research as part of his PhD in clinical psychology at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran. The research examines the differential efficacy of the desensitization model of MiCBT and the standard behavioral model on anxiety symptoms. His main interest is in evaluating the transdiagnostic methods and structures of psychotherapy comprised in MiCBT in different populations. He is co-director of the Persian Chapter of the MiCBT Institute and is currently undergoing his MiCBT trainer training under the supervision of Dr Cayoun.

Alia Offman

Dr Alia Offman is a registered psychologist in Ontario, Canada providing counselling and professional training services using MiCBT. She obtained her doctorate in research psychology at Carleton University, a Master’s in Education at the University of Ottawa, and post-doctorate training as a counselling psychologist. She is currently working through Self-Balance Psychological Services to provide MiCBT therapy and training.

She has been a Contract Instructor at Carleton University for over ten years teaching in the psychology department. She has supervised their fourth year Honours Projects course, taught a fourth-year seminar course in The Psychology of Human Sexuality and undergraduate courses in The Psychology of Women, Statistics and Social Psychology. She has also taught in the education department at the University of Ottawa as a sessional lecturer. She is currently developing a fourth-year course in Mindfulness and Well-being.

Alia is a published researcher with the majority of her work focused on adult populations, studying such diverse areas as workplace productivity, the impact of discrimination on health, communication in relationships and the effects of relationship violence on self-esteem. She was an Associate Researcher at Carleton University and a Research Associate with the Ottawa Health Research Institute.

Working within her individuals has always been important to Alia. She has completed 3 levels of training in the Mindful School Program and will be a volunteer teacher in her individual’s school, offering mindfulness training to grade school students. For many years she volunteered with Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and she was recognized for her work in the field of human sexuality. She was awarded the Norman Barwin Scholarship from the Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada.

She continues to study and train in mindfulness approaches and is working under the supervision of Dr Bruno Cayoun in expanding MiCBT in Canada.

Masoud Fazilat-Pour

Dr. Masoud Fazilat-Pour is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education & Psychology at Shiraz University and earned his PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom.

His research interests are multifaceted and include Attention, Depressed Mood, and Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). Dr. Fazilat-Pour has applied the MiCBT approach to various psychological conditions, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Vitiligo.

Recently, he has been exploring the impact of MiCBT on positive emotions as defined in Seligman’s PERMA model, specifically examining Alpha synchrony in locations associated with these emotions. Additionally, he has conducted research on the influence of MiCBT on self-esteem.

His work continues to provide valuable insights into the application and benefits of MiCBT in diverse contexts.

Eduardo Briseño

Mr Briseño has a Bachelor in Psychology and obtained his Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences (M.Sc.) with an orientation in Neuroscience from the University of Guadalajara. His area of interest was the negative effects of psychosocial stress on emotional regulation, evaluated by brain electrical activity. This in turn led him to become interested in the therapeutic effects of Mindfulness.

Mr Briseño began his training in mindfulness skills with different Buddhist traditions, leading him to participate in multiple meditation retreats and in different local and international certifications in Mindfulness-based Programs (MBP). Mr Briseño became interested in specializing in mindfulness in clinical settings and has been training with Dr Bruno Cayoun in MiCBT since 2019.

Currently, he has a private practice in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the Applied Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Institute. He conducts clinical research in MiCBT at the University of Guadalajara and other universities around the world. He is co-director of the Latin American Chapter of the MiCBT Institute and will be a trainer of the Spanish-speaking courses and events. He continues to translate and disseminate MiCBT in Spanish.

Makiko Kurita

After graduating from university, Makiko worked as an English language teacher and then at the British Consulate General (Consular Department, Commercial Department). Makiko became interested in psychology and entered graduate school (clinical psychology major). She gained clinical experience in individual and group therapy for school children, developmental assessments in infant health checkups, and mother-child counselling. She also researched the dynamics of families with drug dependence problems such as alcohol. After graduating, Makiko worked as a counsellor at the Osaka Prefectural Mental Health Comprehensive Center, implementing and analysing counselling and psychological tests. She also worked as a counsellor at a public educational counselling centre, and a school counsellor at public elementary, junior high, and high schools; Makiko is also active as a lecturer in mental health seminars at government offices and a psychology lecturer at vocational schools and culture schools.

Makiko’s first encounter with MiCBT was in 2015 when she participated in a two-day introductory workshop on MiCBT in Osaka, facilitated by Ms Mikako Naito, who had travelled from Australia. In 2020, Makiko completed the applied course with Dr Cayoun and has since attended many MiCBT masterclasses and courses. Makiko is also part of the translation team for “Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth” into Japanese, which will be published soon.