Thank you for your interest. The mini-session is an opportunity to spend some time together so you can ask me questions, share your goals and context if you wish, and determine whether we are a good fit to work together.
Please pick a time slot that works for you below, and I will get back to you. The session is 30 minutes long.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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What will happen during the mini session?
The mini session is simply an opportunity to get to know each other and decide whether we are a good fit to work together. You can use that time to ask questions concerning the method, the sessions, preparation between sessions, payment, or anything else. You will also be offered the opportunity to share some background and your personal goals and context.
How do we meet for the mini session?
Sessions take place over Zoom but you will also have the option to connect by phone or Skype if this is more convenient to you.
How long is the mini session?
The mini session is 25 minutes long.
Which type of meditation do you teach?
I offer a range of methods drawn from both the ancient traditions I was trained in and modern evidence-based tools from psychology and neuroscience. When working with clients we select together techniques best suited to their background, goals, affinity, contemplative experience, and strengths. I teach meditation in a secular framework which respects and can integrate your personal beliefs and practice. Read more about my influences here.
What is your teaching and guidance style?
My teaching style is collaborative, attentive, validating, and I work with clients to bring them a place of creativity, confidence, and autonomy. People have also described my style as precise, and reassuring.
What is your training?
I am trained in Internal Family System through the IFS institute (official training, level 1). This an evidence-based therapeutic modality that transform the relationship we have with our inner life to bring healing, growth and well-being.
I also trained and practiced meditation in South-east Asia where I have lived for 12 years. I have also undergone teacher training under the Unified Mindfulness system (Level 1), which is an open secular meditation system.
You can read more about my credentials here.
Do you coach?
My primary role is that of a guide.
For meditation instruction only, this might involve using some coaching techniques, such as strategies for accountability and goal tracking when they can help clients sustain and deepen their practice. Meditation practice can help in personal development goals, and I offer personal guidance and evidence-based approaches aimed at supporting personal transformation. You can read more about this here.
Do you offer therapy?
No. I do not offer psychotherapy.
I am trained in internal family systems, an evidence-based therapeutic modality, and work with clients on inner personal development goals. You can read more about this work here. This excludes issues that require medical attention, such as psychological challenges that negatively interfere with day-to-day functioning.
What does a meditation session look like?
A typical meditation session starts with a review of your recent meditative experience and relevant daily life experience. We might monitor progress towards your goal and address any obstacles that came up. I then offer a new or deeper technique with explanations and a guided practice. We then go through questions, might further adjust the practice for you, and discuss future practice goals, if any.
What does an inner work and IFS sessions look like?
The sessions start with a period where we focus on your topic together to gain some perspective, clarity, and insights. A guided practice might follow this to deal with obstacles or foster new breakthroughs and integration. We end with suggestions for personal practice. You can read more about this work here.
How long are the sessions?
The sessions are 55-60 minutes long.
How do we meet for sessions?
We will meet on Zoom. You will also have the option to connect through phone or Skype if this is more convenient for you.
Is meditation for everyone?
We sometimes think that meditation best fits people with certain personalities and lifestyles, but my experience has shown me it is accessible to everyone. Experienced meditators have included contemplatives and driven individuals, yoga practitioners and CrossFit athletes, extroverts and introverts, hermits and lovers of communal life.
The one trait that these people share is their interest and curiosity for working with their minds, and an experience or intuition for how much our minds affect our experience of life.
The best way to know whether meditation works for you is to try a few approaches and techniques. I would also invite you to discover what your meditation experience might look like by taking the research-based meditation questionnaire I developed.
Are the meditations and guidance religious?
No. I offer the meditations and guidance in a secular context, so they are accessible to all. People with and without spiritual or religious practices have benefited.
Do I need an experience with meditation?
No, you will benefit whether or not you have already meditated. The guidance I offer is personalized and will be adjusted to your goals and your experience.
Are there any contraindications to meditation?
Studies show that for typical daily practice, meditation does not lead to adverse experiences in most meditators. With advanced practice for long periods, such as intense meditation retreats, adverse experiences might occur and can be prevented and addressed by adjusting techniques to each meditator’s experience. If you are currently following a mental health treatment and are interested in starting a meditation practice, consider discussing this possibility with your healthcare provider.
Can meditation help me feel better?
Most people who have started a meditation practice find they are more focused, more composed, respond better to stress, and experience more positive emotions.
Research also shows that meditation has proven benefits such as increased stress resiliency, increased compassion and connection with others, enhanced ability to focus, and reduced disruptive thoughts. It also enhances physical health markers for instance reducing inflammation response to stress and increasing protective activity in cells. Research also indicates that meditation can be beneficial when associated with medical support in the management of pain, anxiety, addictions, and some mood disorders. Meditation cannot, however, replace a medical treatment.
If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch.
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