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Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT, has worked in the field of mind body wellness for almost two decades and has taught Mindfulness since 2000. She received her initial training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and her professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn in 2003. She has taught and lectured on the subject of mindfulness internationally and was founder and co-director of the Montreal Center for Mindfulness. For seven years Catherine was a senior faculty member at the Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia. In addition to teaching MBSR, Catherine was involved in research on Mindfulness and cancer, program development for Mindfulness programs and an instructor in the college of Health Professions. In 2009, Catherine began teaching Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting and in 2013 joined the faculty at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine where she taught MBCP as well as developed programs in Mindful Parenting. Catherine is currently involved in research on Mindful and Compassionate Parenting in connection with the University of Oregon, as well as involved in research on mindfulness in woman’s health and sexuality at Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2015 Catherine was trained to be a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher through UCSD’s Center for Mindfulness. 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.