Professional Training Mindfulness Meditation


The team at The Mindfulness Centre provides various opportunities for students and patients to seek help for themselves through various psychotherapeutic modalities.

Psychotherapy is a process through which clients work with a trained psychotherapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment to address concerns that have affected their lives. The work includes exploring their feelings, beliefs, or behaviours, working through challenging or influential memories, identifying aspects of their lives that they would like to change, learning to better understand themselves and others, setting personal goals, and working toward desired change.

Psychotherapy at our Mindfulness Centre is provided in 3 forms: Individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy and couples therapy.

People seek psychotherapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety or simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. Depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy, client and therapist may work together for as few as two to three sessions or as long as several years. The work may be more practical and advice-oriented (‘counselling’), or it may also entail more intense thought patterns restructuring or in-depth exploration of the unconscious forces affecting their lives (‘psychotherapy’). Individuals may also come to our therapists for the occasional session to check in and fine-tune their meditation techniques.

Our unique approach to psychotherapy incorporates mindfulness into the process. What this means is that we dive deeply into how the mind interacts with the brain, and how disorder and rigidity can be transformed into integration and harmony. With this professional view of the fundamental way that we sense and shape energy and information flow in our lives, we use the tools of empathy and insight to allow individuals to deeply sense and understand themselves and others within their relationships, honour the principles involved in the processes of our ever-changing brains, and have an understanding of their own minds.

By gaining inner clarity of mind, we help our clients investigate how they got into their unsatisfying and painful situation, accepting that this is the exact path that they needed to be on in order to learn. By incorporating the latest research from Interpersonal Neurobiology and how we can use our minds to rewire the brain, we then work together to become familiar with our own mind and create a coherent narrative of our lives that helps create shifts towards health and wellbeing.

Marlene Van Esch, BA, MSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Marlene Van Esch has a Masters of Social Work and is Registered Social Worker and a member of OCSWSSW & OASW. She provides individual psychotherapy. Marlene works with adults using psychodynamic and relationally informed psychotherapy, and specializes in the treatment of developmental trauma, parenting, self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement, relationship problems and stressful changes in life, work or family. Click here for bio.

Alexandra Peterson, RN, BScN, MScN, Registered Psychotherapist

Alexandra Peterson is both a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Nurse. Drawing from evidence-based approaches such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, and more, she provides bespoke treatment to individuals and couples. Alexandra is also an EMDR clinician. Her nursing background supports her work with clients who live with illness and disease, including cancer. Click here for bio.

Dr. Stephane Treyvaud, M.S., F.R.C.P. (C), FMH (Switzerland), Psychiatrist

Dr. Stephane Treyvaud is an adult, child and adolescent psychiatrist, who now only sees older adolescents and adults. Dr. Treyvaud provides both group and individual psychotherapy, and works with adolescents and adults. He provides longterm psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation training. He practices and teaches an integrative approach to medicine, mental health and spirituality. Click here for bio.

Services provided by Marlene Van Esch and Alexandra Peterson are $130/hr.

Services provided by Dr. Treyvaud are covered by OHIP.


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The Mindfulness Centre
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