• Should I take MBSR or MBCT?

    MBSR is open to anyone who is interested in decreasing stress and learning a new way of relating skillfully to their experience. It is not recommended for individuals with recurrent clinical anxiety or depression, but rather is meant to help improve management of everyday stressors (e.g., work, relationships, health).

    In contrast, MBCT is designed specifically to help prevent relapse in individuals who have struggled with acute/clinical anxiety or depression. If you’ve been treated for an anxiety disorder or for one ore more depressive episodes in the past, and are ready to learn new skills for preventing further episodes, MBCT is for you.

    MBSR and MBCT teachers will confirm participant eligibility at the mandatory orientation session one week prior to the start of the program.

  • Who benefits from mindfulness training?

    Mindfulness training benefits anyone who is:

    • Looking for new tools for managing stress
    • Recovering from anxiety or mood problems
    • Having difficulty coping with a particular life stressor such as an illness, separation, or significant transition
    • Having difficulty coping with health problems such as chronic pain
    • Interested in enhancing well-being and preventing future health problems
    • Interested in starting a meditation practice
  • Do I need to know anything about mindfulness or meditation to take your courses?

    No, Intro to Mindfulness, Individual Training and our MBSR program are ideal places to start, but all our programs are suitable for people with no experience in meditation or mindfulness. MBCT is designed specifically for individuals recovering from recurrent clinical anxiety or depression.

  • Do I have to do anything between sessions?

    We give homework at the end of most sessions. The homework usually consists of meditation and informal mindfulness practice, adding up to about 20 mins per day. The assignments are an essential component of the course. The more you put into the practice, the more likely you are to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness.

  • How are the sessions structured?

    We usually spend 20-30 minutes debriefing on home meditation practice or other homework assigned the previous week. The next portion of the session is devoted to psychoeducation, discussion, and exercises related to the topic of the session. We usually close with a meditation.

  • What is Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy with MDMA and psilocybin?

    MDMA and psilocybin are two psychedelics that are currently being studied and in the process of being approved in Canada and the United States for the treatment of a number of indications including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.

    Though they are not fully approved yet for treatment, Health Canada has recently issued a statement with the intent of revising the Special Access Programme, which allows individuals to access other regulated substances for the treatment of various health issues if other means have failed. We are in the process of collecting the information of potential candidates for applications for these treatments, should the revision to the SAP go through in early 2021.

  • What is Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy?

    Psychedelic assisted-psychotherapy (PAP) is a form of psychotherapy that involves the use of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, MDMA and ketamine for the purpose of facilitating therapeutic breakthroughs and insight.

    It is a broad term that encompasses a number of different approaches and protocols using psychedelics, and which has been practiced in the Western medical model since the 1950s. Though psychedelics like LSD showed promise as therapeutic agents in those early years, a period of prohibition starting in the 1960s and through the early 2000s significantly hindered the research and development of these modalities.

    The last decade has seen a significant body of encouraging research supporting the efficacy of PAP for a number of mental health issues, especially depression, anxiety, addiction, and PTSD. Though most psychedelics are still regulated substances, the legal and medical landscape is changing quickly, and more treatment options are starting to become available to the general public.

  • What is Psychedelic Harm-Reduction and Integration (PHRI)?

    Psychedelic harm reduction and integration (PHRI) is a therapeutic framework and form of psychoeducation for addressing various kinds of psychedelic use. It brings together harm reduction practices around substance use more generally, and an emphasis on the importance of “integration” work around psychedelic use more specifically.

    It does not involve the prescription, administration or supervision of psychedelic drugs or experiences; rather, it represents the support that a therapist or coach might provide to an individual who has had or intends to have psychedelic experiences on their own, outside of therapy. For example, an individual who is interested in using psilocybin mushrooms to help them quit smoking may seek the support of a PHRI therapist to help them plan for experiences they undertake on their own, to minimize risks and increase the likelihood of positive therapeutic outcomes, including through integration sessions following these experiences.

    PHRI therapists do not refer clients to underground therapists, and are in no way involved with the sourcing of psychedelic substances, nor do they conduct therapy while individuals are under the influence of psychedelics.

  • What is ketamine?

    Ketamine was initially developed as a surgical anesthetic in the 1970s, and continues to be used today for this purposes in hospitals. It is a well-tolerated, safe medicine from a physiological perspective that also has psychedelic and dissociative effects at certain doses. It also has a rapid antidepressant effect.

  • What is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy?

    Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is a process whereby the effects of a dose or multiple doses of ketamine are accompanied by psychotherapy. This process generally has two approaches: the first includes sessions whereby a mild, sub-psychedelic dose of ketamine is used as a kind of catalyst for the psychotherapeutic process; that is, it facilitates dialogue between the individual and their therapist. Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy can also refer to a therapeutic process that involves longer immersive sessions whereby a full psychedelic dose of ketamine is administered for the purposes of a more internal, visionary experience. These sessions are typically accompanied by a number of preparatory and integration sessions.

  • Are your services covered by my insurance?

    The majority of Mindspace staff therapists are licensed by the Quebec Order of Psychologists (OPQ), and doctoral interns are supervised by a licensed OPQ psychologists. If your insurance covers psychotherapy sessions, you’ll be able to submit your receipts from your Mindspace therapist for reimbursement.

  • What is the fee per session?

    The standard fee per session is between $120 and $160. The fee to meet with the clinic director is higher, and our doctoral interns see clients for a reduced rate.

  • What are your hours? Can I see you before or after work?

    Mindspace therapists do their best to accommodate their clients’ schedules. Appointments are typically during regular business hours and in the early evening (after work or school).

  • How many sessions will I need before I see results?

    The Mindspace approach to therapy is short-term and goal-directed. Our therapists aim for quick symptom reduction, and will teach you the skills you need to maintain long-term change. You can expect to see some changes within the first few weeks. Typical courses of CBT range from 6 to 12 weeks, depending on your objectives. Many clients schedule a few booster sessions in the months following the end of therapy.

  • How is therapy at Mindspace different from therapy at other Montreal clinics?

    First, Mindspace is the only clinic in Montreal whose therapists are trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), but routinely integrate mindfulness into sessions to help focus therapy and to increase the effectiveness of CBT. Second, there are many kinds of psychotherapists in Montreal, but all Mindspace Clinic therapists have PhD-level training. The rigorous scientific and clinical training required for a doctorate degree guarantees that your MindSpace therapist is knowledgeable and competent, with a wide range of clinical experience.