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Dr. Simon Whitesman MBChB (UCT)

Simon is in private general practice at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital with a special interest in medical psychotherapy and stress reduction. He co-directs the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme and is chairperson of the Institute for Mindfulness in South Africa. Simon has received certification as a teacher in MBSR from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness and in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the South African Institute for Psychotherapy.

Linda Kantor (BSoc Sci MA Psychology)

Linda is a counselling psychologist, hypnotherapist, and yoga teacher. Since 1994, she has run a private psychotherapy practice at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. Linda is also the co-founder and co-director of the Cape Town Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme. She has been certified as a teacher in MBSR from the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, and has developed teachings and workshops in mindfulness for different contexts, including regular teaching EMBA students at UCT's Graduate School of Business.

Linda has also received training in nonviolent communication mediation (NVC) skills, based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg. From this, she has developed her own programme called Mindfulness-Based Relating. She has her own product and consulting company called BE AWAKE in order to make her work more accessible.

In addition to teaching yoga in group settings, she has her own column in the local yoga journal "Yoga Awakening" called "Shrink on the Mat".

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Both Simon and Linda trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center Stress Reduction Clinic, and have completed the Teacher Development Intensive at the Center. They are collaborating in post-graduate research in this area.

 
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