About Ruby

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I am passionate about the power of mindfulness and self-compassion to help us cultivate resilience. 
Nice to meet you! I'm Ruby (she/her pronouns). I am a Registered Occupational Therapist, meditation teacher, small business owner, mom of 2 kiddos + 1 canine, nature lover, very beginner guitarist, and aspiring book worm.  Currently reading: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. 
 
I offer individual counselling to help with a range of challenges, courses and workshops on stress management and resilience, and drop-in meditation classes (all services currently online).
I am also the founder and director of Union Yoga + Wellness in Toronto. 
 
 
    Training and Education
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto, 2013
  • Master of Psychiatry (Research), McGill, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, McGill, 2008
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Facilitation, University of Toronto & Centre for Mindfulness Studies 
  • Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation, University of Toronto
  • Additional training in Relaxation Training, Anxiety Management, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Informed Care.
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Toronto, 2011
  • Numerous additional Yoga trainings including Restorative Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, and more.

Meditation

I have had a formal daily meditation practice for over 10 years. It all started with this book

 

As long time student of Buddhist meditation and psychology in the Theravada tradition, I attend regular silent retreats of 5 to 10 days to maintain and deepen my practice. I feel fortunate to have practiced and studied with renowned teachers including Joseph Goldstein, Steve Armstrong, Kamala Masters, DaRa Williams, Pascal Auclair, Darryl Lynn Ross, and Jill Davey.

I am currently enrolled in a 2-year Community Dharma Leader Mentorship program through True North Insight.  
 

   Professional Registrations

  • Registered in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
  • Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)
  • International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA)
  • Mindfulness Toronto
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