The Neuroscience and Science of Mindfulness
- Class Semester:
- Winter 2023
- Date Range:
- Mar 06, 2023 - Apr 16, 2023
- Class Dates:
- No Scheduled Class Meetings, March 6 - April 16 (Online)
- Stephanie Kersta, Carolyn Plater-Zyberk
Stephanie Kersta holds an Honors Bachelor of Science with a specialist in Psychology, and a Masters of Science in Psychology. Additionally, she holds a number of certifications, namely, a post-graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling and including advanced training in Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia and Psychometric Assessments.
As a complement to her strong clinical education, Stephanie has incorporated additional evidence-based holistic certificates to further round out her training, including certifications in four mindfulness and meditation clinical modalities.
Stephanie holds teaching positions at multiple post-secondary institutions including, McMaster University, Durham College, and Ontario Learn. As a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario she has a clinical psychotherapy practice where she primarily treats anxiety, depression, self-esteem and insomnia. Stephanie is a certified trainer with LivingWorks for both safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) as well as with the Mental Health Commission of Canada for Mental Health First Aid and certifies hundreds of individuals per year.
Stephanie has a strong clinical interest in the interplay between chronic stress and the development of physical and mental health conditions and has been published in the field of motivation and addiction, and has presented at international and national conferences.
She is also the co-founder of Hoame, North America’s largest modern meditation studio and frequently works with Fortune 500 companies providing mental health and mental wellness consulting and training.
Carolyn Plater-Zyberk works on an emergency crisis team at Mackenzie Health Hospital and Trillium Mississauga Hospital. She also operates a private counselling practice specializing in addictions and mental health with a focus on youth and young adults. She is a member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Carolyn holds a B.A. in Psychology from York University, an Addiction Careworker Diploma from McMaster University, and a M.S.W. from the University of Toronto.