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Alison Keane

Alison Keane is a mindfulness educator, psychotherapist, hatha yoga teacher and freelance writer who has worked in the field of mind body, participatory and preventive medicine in Queensland since 2001.She is a motivational speaker on health and well-being, and presents seminars, workshops and group courses on work life balance and overall well-being. She also coaches individuals in the practice of mindfulness. Her clients include politicians, senior health care and education sector professionals, mediators and corporate executives. In 2007, she participated in a 7-day intensive mindfulness training for health care professionals in the United States under the direction of Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society. Alison returned to Brisbane to incorporate Kabat-Zinn’s 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and other workplace mindfulness training into her psychotherapy and group-work practice. MBSR was one of Queensland’s first structured mindfulness courses. In 2010, Alison’s Brisbane mindfulness course was featured in the internationally-distributed and award winning SBS television documentary, The Silent Epidemic. The programme detailed how a young Brisbane woman with a history of self-harm positively changed the way her brain managed stress by participating in Alison’s course, and as evidenced by La Trobe University functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Alison brings an engaging, lively yet compassionate presence to her workshops inspired in part by her teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, but also by more than seven years of enquiry and guidance for students and seekers of mindfulness, and many more years of insights from her own meditation practice and life journey. In 2013, Alison spoke about mindfulness as a presenter at Yoga Australia’s National Conference Unity Amidst Diversity in 2013. She also presented at the Brisbane’s YogaFest in 2014. A former ABC producer and television journalist, in recent times she has written about lifestyle and well-being matters for magazines including Australian Yoga Life.

Her related professional study includes:

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)at Mindfulness Centre, Adelaide
  • ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy)
  • Mindfulness-integrated CBT (MiCBT)
  • Bachelor of Business (BBus, QUT, Brisbane)
  • Masters of Social Science – Counselling (MSSc, QUT, Brisbane)

Workshops:

Introduction to Mindfulness

The Mindful Therapist

Mindful Leadership