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.
Founder and principal MBCT teacher trainer with Mindfulness Centre, Liana teaches and supervises the professional MBCT training at the Mindfulness Centre, teaches at Adelaide University, Lifeflow Meditation Centre and Ashtree Sangha and speaks across Australia. She started the Mindfulness Centre to train professionals in Mindfulness-based approaches believing that all people deserve respectful, highly skilled services from professionals who value the heart in human connection.
Liana specialises in integrating Clinical and Health Psychology, Relationship Counselling and meditation. A registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), she draws on an extensive background as a Clinical Psychologist since 1991 in private practice with Adage Psychology and Relationship Therapist, and as a Meditation Teacher with Lifeflow and Ashtree sangha. Guided by contemporary evidence-based research, Liana has incorporated mindfulness meditation into clinical, relationship and leadership contexts since 1998.
It never ceases to amaze me the capacity of the human heart to endure, and to seek hope and beauty, clarity and joy
Formal Professional Training
Trained in clinical and health psychology with a CBT focus at Adelaide and Flinders Universities, then later in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression and anxiety, Liana also trained formally in: Couple Therapy at Relationships Australia; Narrative Family Therapy at Dulwich Centre; Group Work at COPE; Neuro-Linguistic Programming with the NLP Centre of SA and Christopher Howard; Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Regency TAFE; and Tai Chi with Master KC Wong.
Mindfulness and other meditation training
Liana has retreated with, taken teachings from or trained with some of the leading teachers in MBCT, MBSR, ACT and Insight meditation:
• Mark Williams and John Teasdale – creators of MBCT
• Jon Kabat-Zinn – creator of MBSR
• Christina Feldman, Christopher Titmuss and Patrick Kearney – Insight meditation teachers
• Graham Williams – Tibetan Karma Kagyu, and Burmese Vipassana teacher
• Subhana Barzaghi – Insight meditation and Zen teacher
• Steve Hayes – creator of ACT
• Robyn Walser and Kelly Wilson – ACT trainers
• Numerous Buddhist teachers in Australia and Bhutan, each for 1 or 2 days.
Liana was introduced to formal meditation in 1980 with Transcendental meditation. She loved the peace and sense of expansion. In the early 1990’s she sought meditation training with a greater sophistication of understanding about the workings of the human mind and heart, and began her ongoing formal training in two different Buddhist traditions; the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu tradition and Burmese Vipassana tradition. Vipassana is commonly known as Insight Meditation and forms the basis of all the Mindfulness-based therapeutic models – MBCT, MBSR, ACT and DBT. This dual training gave her a profound understanding of the importance of concentrative meditations for stilling the mind, cultivating calmness, clarity and hope, and of mindfulness meditation for the insight necessary for transforming health and mental health concerns and relationships.
She started teaching meditation in the late 90’s, and also started incorporating some of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s practices from his seminal book “Full Catastophe living” (MBSR) into her therapeutic and coaching work. The greater focus of Liana’s clinical work was with depression, trauma, illness and relationships issues, while her coaching work was around leadership. In all of these areas the downward spiralling of emotions, negative rumination and worry is prominent and challenging. When MBCT was developed Liana found it was the perfect vehicle for bringing some difference to these downward spirals of emotions, negative rumination and worry, and combined the rich essence and philosophy of the Eastern meditative traditions with the applied nature of Western Psychology. Liana started reading MBCT literature and research, attending 8 week courses with supervision and then Teacher Development training courses. She continues to attend regular workshops and retreats for ongoing training and supervision in MBCT and in Insight Meditation.
Liana began teaching 8 week MBCT courses for her clients. Clinical Masters students would attend and then other professionals asked to attend. Liana shifted her focus to introducing MBCT and other mindfulness-based training to her colleagues and other health and mental health professionals. In 2006 she set up the Mindfulness Centre and in 2008 she was a part of organising and assistant teaching the first national MBCT Teacher Training 5 day retreat in Australia with Melanie Fennel (MBCT) and Melissa Blacker (MBSR). She now brings the gift of MBCT and other mindfulness-based training to organisational contexts and Leadership arenas.
Liana has taught or assistant taught with:
• Melanie Fennell, Director of the Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) started by Mark Williams.
• Melissa Blacker, senior Mindfulness teacher and Director of the Professional Education and Training Programs, including the Teacher Certification Programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.
• Maura Kenny, Psychiatrist, Head of Unit, Mood Disorders at the Centre for the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression, specialising in CBT and MBCT in the area of Affective and Anxiety disorders, and one of Australia’s leading researchers in MBCT.
Liana: Current Directions
Passionate about cultivating the art of resonance and wisdom in leadership, Liana brings mindfulness to leadership training and retreats. This is the focus of her Doctoral candidature in Organisational Psychology (now on hold) and informed the development of her executive retreat The Leadership Tango: Eight Steps to Leadership Wisdom using Argentine tango as medium and metaphor for mindfulness in leadership and fellowship.