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Catherine Polan Orzech

Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT, has taught mindfulness since 2000. She received her initial training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and her professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, and is certified to teach MBSR and mindful self-compassion (MSC). She has taught and lectured on the subject of mindfulness internationally, and was founder and codirector of the Montreal Center for Mindfulness. Catherine has been on the faculty at numerous mindfulness institutes, including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.; the University of California, San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; and the University of California San Diego’s Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute.

Catherine is currently an instructor in the departments of psychiatry and OB-GYN at Oregon Health & Science University, where she’s involved in research on mindfulness and women’s health. Her program on mindful and compassionate parenting is currently the subject of research at the University of Oregon. Catherine currently lives in Corvallis, OR, where she is a marriage and family therapist in private practice specializing in mindfulness-based psychotherapy focusing on individuals, couples, and families. Find out more about Catherine at