Clinical Psychologist, Certified MBCT and MSC Teacher, Qualified Mindful Eating Teacher
Jacqueline is the founder and director of Breather Mindfulness Centre and has worked as a Clinical Psychologist providing psychological assessment, counselling and other psychological services to the community of HRM for more than 29 years. She is a faculty member of the Atlantic Contemplative Centre and the current President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS).
Given the therapeutic benefits of contemplative principles and practices on emotional and mental well-being, Jacqueline has undergone extensive personal and professional training in the areas of mindfulness, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindful eating, and mindful self-compassion resulting in being amongst the very few in the Atlantic provinces to obtain certification in these areas. Her passion for these areas led her to open Breathe Mindfulness Centre in 2015 which now offers mindfulness and self-compassion based workshops, presentations and programs to the public, professionals and organizations across the province of Nova Scotia.
Jacqueline has had the privilege of being taught by some of the originators of western mindfulness/self-compassion based therapies including Dr.’s Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal and Christopher Germer. Admittedly, however, Jacqueline’s greatest inspiration and learning have come from her own personal practice of mindfulness, meditation and self-compassion – which continues to positively transform her relationships with herself, others and the world and reinforce her intention to offer this extraordinary opportunity to others.