MEDiTATiON AND MiNDFULNESS
I teach meditation and coach people on how to integrate meditation and mindfulness into everyday life for better living.
I’m also an intern psychotherapist, having studied many modalities (Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Existential-Integrative, Transpersonal, Archetypal, Somatic, Humanistic) and can use these resources to counsel you to greater self-awareness, wholeness, and wellbeing.
I help you set achievable goals and develop a customized practice tailored to your needs and personality type.
I can also help with a variety of issues, such as struggles with identity, facing an existential crisis, relationship challenges, and healing childhood wounds. I can prescribe meditative practices to support and compliment the healing work we do together.
We’re all different, and while a certain practice may work great for one person, it might not work for you. I love helping people find the practices that work for them.
My approach is integrative, I draw on many complementary modalities to give you the best tools to achieve your goals. I love making complex or abstract ideas practical and accessible, helping you to understand and meet your own needs in practice.
“Jude is one of my best pals and a wise and practical synthesizer of meditation and psychotherapy. He’s the person I go to when I want to talk through some mind-body insight. I think of him as the next generation of mental health guide: a meditator-psychologist-shaman mash-up, with street smarts.”
“When I learned that Jude had been attending meditation classes from a very young age, I was not surprised. He embodies the Dharma. Jude communicates from the heart, with mindfulness teachings that are clear, accessible and relatable. He is authentic and non-judgemental, and his passion for practice is contagious.
If you choose to work with Jude, you’ll be fortunate to have him as your teacher.”
Who am I?
I’m a lifelong student of meditation and psychology. I became obsessed with consciousness and eastern philosophy in my late teens and have been exploring ever since. I founded the meditation group The Toronto Sitters and teach at the Consciousness Explorers Club as well.
I’ve studied formally and informally in a number of meditation traditions, originally in Tibetan Buddhism and have more recently been studying a broad range of practices with Shinzen Young and Jeff Warren.
I’ve also studied psychotherapy at the Transpersonal Therapy Centre, The Gestalt Institute of Toronto, and I’m currently studying Existential-Integrative Therapy at The Living Institute.
I spent a few years studying indigenous spiritual practices too, mainly in the Shipibo tradition.
Aside from all my studies in consciousness I spent most of my youth skateboarding and much of my adult life involved with art and photography.
“Jude’s breadth of knowledge and experience is expansive. I was nervous and overwhelmed at first, but he broke things down with ease and helped tailor a practice that was right just for me. Jude met me where I was at.”
– John, writer, professional chef, and former meditation hater
“As a yoga and meditation teacher, I came to Jude to learn a meditation style that was new to me. I was impressed by his ability to quickly gauge where I was in my journey and to customize the session towards what I needed.Jude’s presence is a gift, his instructions are clear and I can honestly say you will feel supported in your journey by an experienced guide who’s walked the path, and who creates a fully present and safe environment for exploration. I recommend him to beginners and experienced meditators alike.”
What does a session look like?
All sessions are customized around your needs. I will ask questions to figure out how I can best help you and we will structure the session from there.
We may focus on one issue or many. We may do more therapy style work or focus exclusively on meditation. It depends on what you want and what we think will work best for you.
I might help you set up a simple regular practice and discuss how to stick to it, I may walk you through some short guided meditations to see how you take to various practices, we may discuss how to implement mindfulness techniques into everyday life, or we may spend more time discussing the larger theory to give you a better idea of your options.
We can also do counselling, exploring what’s happening in the here and now and how we can bring feelings into deeper awareness and process and integrate them.
I can help you set up a basic practice or customize a practice to deal with specific issues such as ADD/ADHD, stress, anxiety, anger, or depression.
I can also offer guidance for yoga teachers on how to integrate meditation into their practice and teaching.
Everything will be tailored around your goals and needs.
*All coaching begins with a free consultation to see if we’re a good fit for working together. All sessions are conducted over phone or skype unless arranged otherwise. If you happen to be in Toronto, in-person session are possible upon request
Contact for Free Consultation
Send me a message using the form below to set up your free consultation and inquire about rates and availability