Dr. Joe Flanders is the founder and director of the MindSpace Clinic. 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.

Dr. Flanders 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. Dr. Flanders works with clients in English and in French.

Approach

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 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.

Mindfulness

Dr. Flanders has been practicing mindfulness for over 15 years. He has completed training with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, and Zindel Segal, and has sat meditation retreats at the Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA), the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Dr. Flanders has been teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) since 2010, and provides mindfulness teacher training in affiliation with McGill University. He has given professional mindfulness trainings for physicians, psychologists, teachers, addictions workers, business executives, and athletes, and appears frequently in the media as a mindfulness subject matter expert.

To make an appointment with Dr. Flanders, please call (514) 481-0317 or email info@mindspaceclinic.com

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