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 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 several years Elaine has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction groups and workshops in the community, and offering individually-tailored mindfulness instruction, and one-on-one mindfulness-based cognitive behaviour therapy.
Whether individually, in couples or groups, Elaine’s goal is teaching people effective methods for taking control of their lives: their own health and well-being, improving interpersonal relationships, and enhancing peace and satisfaction in daily life by learning the skills necessary for reducing stress, increasing emotional and social resilience, and releasing one’s creativity.