Dr. Joe Flanders is the founder and director of MindSpace. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Flanders is an assistant professor in the McGill University Psychology Department.
Joe is a licensed psychologist and a member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists. At MindSpace, he offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to individuals, groups, and organizations. Joe works with clients in English and in French.
Joe holds the Advanced MBCT Facilitation Certification from The Centre for Mindfulness Studies and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto (FIFSW) and the Advanced MBSR Facilitation Certification from The Centre for Mindfulness Studies. He is an approved MBSR mentor with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
Dr. Flanders’ approach to well-being is practical, compassionate, and empowering. His goal is to teach you tools to effectively manage stress, anxiety, and mood while reconnecting you with what matters most in your life. With these tools in place, you’ll be equipped to coach yourself in the long run.
Dr. Flanders’ teaching is grounded in the science of well-being. Three essential principles guide his work with clients:
- Neuroplasticity: The brain is “plastic,” responding and adapting to experience, and thereby changing shape, structure, and function.
- Happiness is a skill: You can learn to cultivate positive and adaptive thoughts and feelings in the same way you’d learn any other skill, like riding a bike or learning a musical instrument.
- Practice makes perfect: Cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness training can be considered well-being training programs. Both methods involve simple and accessible mental skills that can be mastered over time. Both are supported by scientific research.
Dr. Flanders has been practicing mindfulness meditation since the year 2000.
He has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2010 and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) since 2015. Joe trains mindfulness teachers through his affiliation with McGill University and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. In addition to his work at the MindSpace Clinic, he teaches mindfulness in professional settings to physicians, psychologists, teachers, addictions workers, business executives, and athletes, and appears frequently in the media as a mindfulness subject matter expert.
He has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Zindel Segal, Patricia Rockman, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg, and has sat meditation retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA), the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto.