Madeleine Eames is a multi-faceted therapist and yoga teacher.
Her passion lies in mind-body practices that lead to emotional and physical health and balance. Madeleine’s background lies mainly in mental health and her interests have led her to expand into yoga and mindfulness as a means of incorporating the whole body into regaining health and wellness.
Completing a BA in Psychology and Sociology in 1988, she traveled and worked in India prior to completing a Masters degree in 1992 in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Madeleine then went to to work in the mental health system for 25 years in many capacities from the homeless mentally ill in Toronto to the inpatient psychiatric units at UBC hospital with adults and children, finally opening a private counselling practice in 2005 specializing in trauma, anxiety and chronic pain.
Some of her biggest influences have been sitting in retreat with Jon Kabat Zinn, training at Harvard with Dr. Henry benson in the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine and advanced training in trauma therapy including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming) for PTSD. Madeleine has also done numerous mindfulness practice programs such as “Mindful Relationships” with Tara Brach and “Mindfulness for Pain” with Ron Seigel.
Training as a 500hr yoga teacher in 2013 with a focus on yoga for anxiety and chronic pain was another pivitol step as she went on to learn 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.
Seeing the benefits of yoga in her own life, Madeleine began using breathing and mindfulness techniques with her clients to enhance and augment the counselling process. Mindfulness and yoga continue to be a large part of of her daily practice and 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! She attributes her passion to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Max Strom as well as Vidyamala Burch of Breathworks and continues to have a regular mindfulness and breathwork practice in her own life.
“Relationships are where we live, breathe and grow.”. Madeleine is trained in Imago relationship counselling with Harville Hendrix ‘Getting the Love you Want’ as well as Level 2 Gottman therapy and did a one-year certificate at the Couples Instiute with Dr. Ellen Bader. All that is to say that she believes growth and healing can happen within a relationship with guidance and direction that we are not taught before we venture into marriage!
If you feel Madeleine might be able to help you along your own journey, please call for more information or check out the latest workshops.
“I have a vision for the world.
As we become increasingly busy and distracted and detached from our true selves, there is a growing movement. One in which it becomes habit to slow down, breathe, make space in one’s life, examine our stories… and live from there. One in which we all understand the peace that only comes from living in the present moment.”