About Me


Elaine Green Markowitz was  born, raised and educated in Toronto, Ontario, earning her  Bachelor of  Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Toronto.  She is a Clinical Social Worker registered with the Ontario College of  Social Workers  and Social Service Workers and has been in practice for over 30 years.

Upon graduation Elaine  joined the professional staff of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now  known as CAMH).   For  3 years she worked as a member of a  multi-disciplinary team with patients and their families in the  Adult  In-Patient  and Emergency Departments. She subsequently spent 7 years in  the Ambulatory Care Department offering assessment and treatment of  out-patients and their families.   She was also involved in the creation  of  the Sexual Health Care Clinic and served as a primary therapist for  individuals and couples seeking treatment for  sexual dysfunctions,  sexual interaction issues, and relationship difficulties.

For the following 10 years  she maintained a successful private practice specializing  in Couples  and Sex Therapy. In recent years she  became interested in the study of  mindfulness and its effectiveness in stress reduction, so in 2005 she  enrolled in a  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR)  for  her own personal and professional development. In 2007 she undertook an  intensive  training program in teaching MBSR, given by  the founder of  this program, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the University of Massachusetts  Medical School. In  2010 she  received additional training at a  professional development  retreat for MBSR instructors led by Dr. Saki  Santorelli, director of the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS. In 2012 she  attended an intensive training retreat in teaching Mindfulness-based  Cognitive Therapy, led by one of its founders Dr. Zindl Segal  Elaine  practices mindfulness meditation and yoga as part of her daily  discipline.

For the past twelve years  Elaine has  been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction groups and  workshops  in the community, and offering individually-tailored  mindfulness instruction, and individual psychotherapy combined with mindfulness.


Elaine’s mission is to teach people  the most effective  methods of self-care: for taking control of their lives: their own health  and well-being, interpersonal relationships, and enhancing  fulfillment, peace and satisfaction in daily life. Her goal is helping people  learn the skills necessary  for  reducing stress, increasing emotional and social resilience, and  becoming one’s best self.