Feeling preoccupied by climate change news, but don’t know how to avoid getting overwhelmed by the urgency? Know there’s a problem, but can’t seem to find ways to act?

Climate change is everywhere: in the media, around the dinner table, and increasingly, right outside our front doors. Fear and helplessness surrounding the state of the earth and what it means for the inhabitants of the planet—often called eco-anxiety—is also growing apace. At Mindspace we believe that psychologists and mental health professionals can play an important role in helping individuals understand and meet these challenges responsibly and constructively.

This 8-week workshop series offers an excursion into our eco-anxiety to practice ways of balancing self-care, mutual care, and care for the planet. Through group dialogue, guided self-reflection, and first-hand experiences, we aim to explore avenues to navigate the range of eco-emotions, mobilize initiatives, and make meaning by coming purposefully together around our shared and differing realities.

We will offer a psychological perspective infused with mindfulness practices to foster an embodied space for growth, support, and creative action as we care for the living.

Instructors


Dr. Karine St-Jean

Dr. Karine St-Jean is a psychologist, member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists and a mindfulness teacher. She completed her doctoral degree at the UQAM and, for the first 10 years of her professional life, she worked as an entrepreneur and manager in the field of workplace health, while having a clinical practice. She now devotes herself to her psychological practices. Her therapy style is cognitive-behavioral, with a strong emphasis on relational processes and mindfulness-based interventions.

Dr. Sébastien Nguyen

Dr. Sébastien Nguyen is a licensed clinical psychologist, member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec. He offers assistance with difficulties related to stress, emotions, relationships, identity, and adjustments to important life transitions. He also teaches mindfulness meditation to groups and individuals from various backgrounds. Sébastien’s practice is accessible and welcoming. He works in both French and English.

Dr. Megan A. Wood

Megan's therapeutic approach is integrative and process-oriented. She emphasizes the importance of exploring one's emotional experiences within her work and predominantly employs principles from Existential and Humanistic psychotherapies.