Australian based, the Mindfulness Centre was launched in 2006 as a specialist training hub for Health and Mental Health Professionals to learn Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). We saw in the research and in practice the way that mindfulness can transform lives, one moment at a time, and envisioned a world where everyone could experience the clarifying, rejuvenating and replenishing effects of these skills for themselves, and for those they work with.
Today our services have extended to incorporate mindfulness based keynotes, counselling, products and both General Public Courses, and In-house mindfulness and MBCT training - as well as modules in Leadership, Relationships, Parenting, Education and Buddhism. Open to participants from a wide range of backgrounds, our services are focussed in four main groups: Professionals in the health and mental health field; Organisational Staff, and Leaders wanting to reduce stress and cultivate clarity and focus; Parents, Caregivers and Educators - including professionals who work with parents or children; and long term Meditators.
We believe that quality of teaching leads to quality of learning. Our staff and visiting teachers are selected for their enviable breadth and depth of experience. We draw from a team of highly qualified and respected MBCT Teachers and Trainers, Clinical therapists, and Insight Meditation teachers from across Australia and abroad. We all have a great faith in the work and are heartened by the positive changes we see mindfulness makes to people lives and the world at large.
Liana Taylor, Fiona Glover, Malcolm Huxter, Rebecca Coleman, Patrick Kearney, Michael Anderson
Ash Taylor, Brigid Lombard
Liana Taylor Director, MPsych(Clin), MAPS
Clinical Psychologist - Executive Coach – Meditation Teacher
Director Liana Taylor founded the Mindfulness Centre believing that Mindfulness and MBCT are gifts to the world - and she wanted others to have access to these gifts for themselves and for the people they work with. Her many roles include: Director, meditation teacher, MBCT teacher trainer, mentor and inspiring keynote speaker.
“I love the heart, depth and beauty that mindfulness-based programs can bring to life. I am passionate about cultivating wisdom and happiness, for all people.”
Based in Adelaide, Liana has retreated with, taken teachings from or trained with the creators of MBCT, MBSR and ACT, and is herself one of the leading teachers of mindfulness and MBCT to professionals across Australia. With over 20 years experience in both the Clinical Psychology and Buddhist fields she brings the depth of her understanding and its applications in daily life, to her teaching and all that she does.
Her passions include her loved ones, teaching meditation, climbing mountains, Argentine tango, playing cello and bringing hope, beauty, clarity of thought and playfulness into the world. Read more... view Liana's CV Summary visit Liana's blog
Malcolm Huxter MPsych (Clin), MAPS
Mal works part time in public mental health in Northern NSW and part time in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist. He is a member of the College of Clinical Psychologists.
Mal has written mindfulness-based program for clinical settings and for research. Since 1991 he has used mindfulness training in clinical intervention individually as well as in groups, courses and retreats. He has led and co-led meditation retreats, written and conducted validated mindfulness-based programs for different clinical and non-clinical populations and has taught hundreds of therapists in conferences, seminars, workshops and courses both in Australia and internationally.
Mal has previously lived in Thailand as a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He has many years of experience in Buddhist meditation, including a large number of intensive retreats in Burma, Thailand, Australia and USA. He is particularly interested in demonstrating ways to integrate the 2600 year old empirically based practices of Buddhist psychology with contemporary clinical psychology.
Consultant Meditation Teacher
Patrick Kearney is a meditation teacher in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. He has previously lived in S.E. Asia as a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He has many years of experience in Buddhist meditation, including a large number of intensive retreats in Burma, Thailand, Australia and USA.
Patrick has studied Buddhism at a post-graduate level. He has taught retreats, seminars and classes around Australia and S. E. Asia, including: intensive meditation retreats of up to 4 weeks duration; academic courses on various aspects of Buddhist philosophy; and seminars and workshops applying Buddhist principles to the corporate sector and healing professions. Patrick leads a number of intensive residential retreats yearly.
Fiona Glover BA, BSW, M. Mental Health Sc
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Specialist, Mental Health Social Worker, MBCT Teacher
Fiona has a strong background in evidence based medicine and believes that an holistic perspective is central to lasting change. She practices meditation and mindfulness and is passionate about bringing the gift of mindfulness to others. Fiona has taught Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups for individuals with depression, anxiety and chronic pain since 2004.
A member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Fiona has worked for 10 years in the public and private arenas of mental health, initially in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Fiona facilitates assessment and therapy with adults and young people experiencing a range of mental health problems in private practice and the general practice setting.
She lectures on CBT for the School of Social Work, Flinders University and in other settings, and has supervised social work students and mental health clinicians in rural regions of South Australia. Fiona facilitated suicide prevention training for Divisions of GPs and local community groups across South Australia, and has coordinated GP education and training regarding Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) approaches to the management of mental health problems in young people and adults.
Fiona is an accredited Wu Tao—The Dancing Way teacher, facilitating mindfulness through the process of gentle dance and movement.
Dr Rebecca Coleman BSc(Hons) MPsych(Clinical & Health) PhD(Developmental)
Registered Psychologist, MAPS College of Clinical Psychologists
Dr. Coleman is the founder and director of the Mindful Awareness Parenting (MAPS®) Instructor Training and Parent Workshop Series. The innovation of MAP is that it combines mindful awareness and self compassion training with a deep understanding of applied attachment theory. Dr Coleman has been studying and working in the discipline of psychology for the past 20 years. She is clinically trained to help prevent, assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of problems encountered by infants, children, adolescents and adults. Her previous work includes an award winning workforce development project called “Kindness for Kids” and her passion is Level 1 interventions (‘promotion and prevention’) in the area of parental and infant mental health. Dr Coleman was recently awarded an international fellowship for past accomplishments and future promise in the area of child and adolescent mental health.
Consultant MBCT teacher
Michael Anderson is a registered Psychologist in private practice in Torquay, Victoria. He has been practising mindfulness meditation for over 25 years and was the Founding National Convenor of the Australian Psychology Society’s Buddhism and Psychology Interest Group, a position he held for 9 years. He has training in ACT, DBT and MBCT and is the author of a book titled Mindfulness Practice. In 1990 he became increasingly interested in Buddhism and mindfulness practice, and has from this time worked to integrate Western psychology and mindfulness approaches, teaching mindfulness meditation in organisational and community settings since 1995.
In 1998 Michael travelled to the USA to interview 20 Psychologists/Therapists who were integrating Buddhism and mindfulness practices into their therapeutic practice. These interviews continue to have a strong influence on his work today as a psychologist. Tibetan, Zen and Theravadin traditions have all influenced his work as a psychologist.
Michael supervises and trains health professionals including Psychologists in mindfulness practice in therapeutic contexts. His main treatment interests are anger management, depression, pain management and anxiety, and he supervises individuals and groups including DBT groups in mindfulness.
Ash Taylor BA, BBus (Marketing) Business Advisor
Business and Marketing Consultant - Feldenkrais Practitioner
Ash is a young, vibrant, multi talented woman in touch with the X and Y Generation. She loves anything involving research, creativity, interactivity and helping the people she cares about and is inspired by. Ash has a varied educational and work background starting with hospitality, completing her Feldenkrais practitioner certification, and moving through an Arts Degree, then Business degree. She is currently undertaking her Masters degree.
Ash has worked in marketing for Multi-Nationals, local community groups and other smaller businesses. She has travelled throughout Asia, and lived in Canada, the UK, and Colombia in South America where she was lecturing at a local University. She brings a fresh national and international perspective to her work with the Mindfulness Centre.
Brigid Lombard BA (Hons), Grad Dip HR,
Brigid is a passionate organiser! She loves keeping everything behind the scenes humming to ensure that the Mindfulness Centre’s practitioners are able to provide our clients with the best experience possible.
Brigid has a varied educational and work background including languages, hospitality, administration, and learning and development. She studied multiple languages, including stints living and working overseas, an Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources.