Hello, my name is Madeleine Eames. I’m glad you found your way here….
My passion lies in mind-body practices that lead to emotional and physical health and balance. My background lies mainly in mental health and my interests have led me to expand into yoga and mindfulness as a means of incorporating the whole body into my approach to wellness.
My biggest influences have been sitting in a retreat with Jon Kabat Zinn, training at Harvard in the Benson-Henry Insitute for Mind-Body Medicine and my advanced training in trauma therapy including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) for PTSD. I have also done numerous mindfulness practice programs such as “Mindful Relationships” with Tara Brach and “Mindfulness for Pain” with Ron Seigel.
I trained as a 500hr yoga teacher in 2013 with a focus on yoga for anxiety and chronic pain. I also trained in teaching yoga for chronic pain with Neil Pearson and the Inner Axis program with Max Strom. All of these influences have been about the same core approach: rebalancing and transforming our nervous systems for peace through the mind, body and emotions.
I completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology in 1988 and traveled and worked in India prior to completing my Masters degree in 1992 in Social Work from the University of Toronto. I then went to to work in the mental health system for 20 years in many capacities from the homeless mentally ill in Toronto to the inpatient psychiatric units at UBC hospital with adults and children. I finally opened a private counselling practice in 2005 specializing in trauma, anxiety and chronic pain.
As I saw the benefits of yoga in my own life, I began using breathing and mindfulness techniques with my clients to enhance and augment the counselling process. Mindfulness and yoga are a large part of my practice and my life. So much of life passes by that it takes practice to slow down, become aware of the present moment and get the brain and body online to enjoy it! I have done training with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and continue to have a regular mindfulness practice in my own life.
If you feel I might be able to help you along your own journey, please call for more information or check out the latest workshops.