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Sarah Kinsley

Sarah Kinsley, M Ed., RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a M.Ed. in Counselling from the University of Victoria and B.Ed in Education from Queen’s University. She is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SETM) certified through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.

Currently, Sarah serves as a counsellor at SȾÁUTW/Tsawout First Nation and a Mental Health Care Provider with First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Most recently, she served as counsellor and Trauma-Informed Yoga facilitator at Bridges for Women Society, where she completed a 3-year training in Somatic Experiencing®. She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Sarah completed a year-long training in MBCT facilitation at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. She is a former primary school teacher and registered Yoga teacher for adults and children (E-RYT 500, RCYT) and enjoys teaching weekly classes and Trauma-informed trainings.

Foundations of Mindfulness Practice

In this interactive and experiential four-week online course, learners will gain a practice-based overview of the Integrated Mindfulness Certificate (IMC). Learners will have an opportunity to explore the basic principles and tenets of mindfulness meditation while experiencing various core practices in a virtual group setting. This innovative course combines online group learning with space and time for self-reflection between sessions. The course is a blend of asynchronous & synchronous, and includes webinars, small group work, readings and journaling

Mindful Eating

Bringing awareness to the direct experience of eating allows you to non-judgmentally observe your relationship to thoughts, feelings and body sensations associated with food preparation and eating, increasing your ability to slow down in this multi-tasking world. Learn how to respond rather than react to internal and external stimuli, moving away from automatic pilot. Discover the possibility of freedom from habitual, reactive patterns associated with food, and when practiced daily, hone your ability to create healthier internal and external environments.

Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals

This course describes the basic principles and tenets of mindfulness meditation. Learners will explore the clinical applications of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) currently being offered in medical and mental health care facilities. Various applications will be explored and practiced, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). The role of presence and attunement will be highlighted. The importance of clinicians nourishing their own mindfulness-based practice will be discussed. Learners will be actively engaged in experiencing and exploring the practices.