Meditation for Health is a medical clinic located in downtown Toronto. We serve the community by providing programs of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to patients referred by their family doctor or psychiatrist. Our programs are attended also by healthcare providers and other caregivers.
Since we opened in 1997, more than 4500 people have attended our mindfulness programs. Our patients are referred by family doctors and psychiatrists from across Toronto and south-western Ontario.
All our programs are instructed by Lucinda Sykes, MD, in collaboration with Channa Verbian, BSW and other experienced facilitators from the disciplines of social work or nursing. Our clinic’s longtime administrator and program coordinator is Diana Wilson.
Lucinda Sykes, BSc, MD has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Toronto since 1997. She is the director of Meditation for Health clinic.
Lucinda received a B.Sc. (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, and an M.D. (with honors) from the University of Toronto. She began in general practice at a clinic of family medicine, but she soon developed a special interest in psychotherapy. Her medical practice has been restricted to psychotherapy since 1985.
Lucinda has participated in more than 20 educational and training events sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts (UMass CfM) — beginning with 2 residential training programs by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, EdD.
She regularly attends residential retreats of mindfulness meditation — most recently, in 2015 and 2016, two 7-day silent retreats with Steve Armstrong, and in 2013, a 6-day Mindfulness Retreat for Educators with Thich Nhat Hanh.
Lucinda has studied and taught at the CG Jung Institute in Zurich — qualifying for a Certificate of Theoretical Knowledge in Analytical Psychology, and presenting at the Zurich Institute on topics of body awareness in symbol amplification, and body awareness in trauma recovery. Her background includes 10 years of classical and training analysis with Jungian analysts, Marion Woodman and Fraser Boa.
Channa Verbian, BSW, MEd is a registered social worker, a registered psychotherapist and certified Focusing Oriented psychotherapist.
Channa’s mindfulness training includes a 7-day residential training program, sponsored by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, conducted by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli.
Channa attended a 6-day inter-professional training in Mindfulness-Based Group Practice at the Mount Sinai Hospital Psychotherapy Institute. She completed teacher training in Mindful Self -Compassion through the UC San Diego Centre for Mindful Self Compassion.
Channa has a private practice in midtown Toronto. Her practice is client-centered, incorporating mindfulness and focusing techniques to help clients access and process their emotions. She has facilitated Meditation for Health groups since 2006.
Our Program Coordinator
Diana Wilson has been the program coordinator at Meditation for Health since 1999. She has managed community-based medical and holistic health clinics for more than 30 years.
Diana graduated from a program in relaxation massage at Kikkawa College. She has a special interest in the value of mindfulness practice during massage.