Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Class Teachers
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has a dedicated staff of mindfulness teachers who will help you connect your mind and body in new and exciting ways.
Here is some background information on our Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Class teachers.
Renée Burgard LCSW - Palo Alto
Renée Burgard is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, consultant, and educator in private practice at Mindfulness & Health in Palo Alto, CA. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for Stanford University, Google, Inc., Apple Computer, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and for other schools, nonprofits, and corporations in the SF Bay Area; and serves as a senior MBSR instructor and mentor for teachers and psychotherapists in Northern California. She graduated with a B.A. from Stanford University, and an interdisciplinary Masters degree from UC Berkeley in Clinical Social Work and Health & Medical Sciences.
Her background includes extensive education in the sciences, including neurosciences. She received training in MBSR from Jon Kabat-Zinn; is currently in training for certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology with Dan Siegel, MD; and is an expert contributor on the topic of mindfulness for GoodTherapy.org. She received ordination as a lay monastic from Thich Nhat Hahn, and has been a practitioner of meditation and other mindfulness practices for many years.
Julie Forbes, Ph.D. - Mountain View, San Carlos & Sunnyvale
Julie Forbes, Ph.D. offers stress reduction, mindfulness, and mind/body programs and consulting to corporate and community organizations, groups, and individuals. In addition to Palo Alto Medical Foundation, she teaches on a regular basis at other medical centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area; she presents workshops at corporate sites, including Oracle, Network Appliance, and Gilead, bringing over 25 years of personal experience working in high-tech companies; and with teachers, employees and students at local schools.
Julie began practicing meditation in 1985 and has been a student of Gil Fronsdal at the Insight Meditation Center since 1993. She has completed professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and through the Stress Reduction Clinic at El Camino Hospital. She has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs since 1997 and received a doctorate in psychology in 1999.
Julie is passionate about helping people develop skills to improve their well-being and quality of life.