Retreat Faculty

Bill Gayner

Bill Gayner, BSW, MSW, RSW, has developed emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), integrating mindfulness-based interventions into emotion-focused therapy. He is a Mental Health Clinician in Psychiatry in the Sinai Health System in Toronto where he provides EFMT groups for psychiatric outpatients and gay and bisexual men living with HIV, individual psychotherapy to people living with HIV, and emotion-focused mindfulness meditation training for hospital employees. Bill is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. He has trained and mentored mental health professionals in mindfulness for over a decade.

Cleo Haber

Cleo Haber, BSW, RSW, MSW obtained her Masters of Social Work at Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City.  She has been practicing as a social worker for over 15 years, specializing in mental health, working with individuals, couples and groups. In Cleo’s practice, psychotherapy is a collaborative process where individuals are experts in their own lives.  Cleo listens, guides and works from a practical and non-judgmental perspective, working to help people connect with their feelings and give language to their experiences.   Many of the people she works with describe her as genuine, compassionate and wise.  

She has certifications and training in emotion-focused mindfulness therapy, emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.  Cleo is also a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor.  

She works at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team in Toronto where she provides individual psychotherapy and emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) groups.  She teaches medical residents psychotherapy skills and conducts clinical research.  Cleo led a 2-year study looking at outcomes of EFMT for people struggling with common mental illnesses.  The results are currently being written up for publication.  Cleo also has a private psychotherapy practice where she sees individuals and couples.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith BSW, MSW, RSW, is a clinical social worker based out of London Ontario.  She worked for 10 years in primary care as a mental health clinician providing individual and group psychotherapy, and is currently working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. 

Lisa learned to meditate in the early 2000s. She trained in MBSR, MBCT and mindful self-compassion, with the last 4 years primarily focused on emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT), training with Bill Gayner and Jeanne Watson. Lisa is passionate about sharing EFMT and growing a community of practitioners in the London area.

Lisa lives with her husband Gary and their dog Jack. Their 3 adult children come by to raid the pantry from time to time. 

Paul Uy

Paul Uy is a psychiatrist. Paul serves artists at the Artists Health Center and indigenous populations at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. He provides individual and group psychotherapies across a number of modalities. Paul values emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) as central to his daily approach to helping patients, a process that compliments all stages of recovery and growth. According to Paul, EFMT taught him through richly lived experience the necessity of harnessing awareness and emotion. Outside of his clinical work, Paul practices yoga regularly and participates in a Zen Buddhist community.


Rodelyn Wisco

Rodelyn Wisco, MSW, RSW obtained her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She has been practicing as a social worker for close to 20 years, specializing in mental health, working with individuals, families and groups.  In her practice, Rodelyn creates a safe space for people to be with and explore their suffering, to learn to tolerate whatever arises, and to develop compassion towards themselves and others.  Many of the people who Rodelyn works with describe her as compassionate, genuine, and kind.  She gives people the room to think and feel without being judged, decide what they need to feel calm and secure, and to get better at feeling feelings.

She has certifications and training in emotion-focused mindfulness therapy, emotion-focused therapy, emotion-focused family therapy, interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, including mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and transformative mindfulness methods.  Rodelyn obtained a certificate with the University of Toronto Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program. 

Rodelyn works at the Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team in Toronto where she provides individual and family psychotherapy, as well facilitates emotion-focused mindfulness therapy (EFMT) groups.  She also teaches counselling skills and mindfulness-based meditation to medical residents, and conducts clinical research. Rodelyn led a two-year study looking at outcomes of EFMT for people struggling with common mental illnesses. The results are currently being written up for publication.  Rodelyn also works with individuals and families in her private practice.

Justina Zatzman

Justina Zatzman, MA, MSW, RSW, is the Pre-Retreat Manager and will be leading yoga sessions during the retreat. Justina is a Registered Social Worker in private psychotherapy practice, a part-time professor at Centennial College, the Membership and Hospital Program Manager for Workman Arts and a certified yoga instructor. In her private practice, she specializes in the treatment of trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, relationship and family difficulties, and self-criticism. With Workman Arts, she manages inpatient arts programming at CAMH and manages the growth and diversification of the Workman Arts membership. She is a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation, and teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation both in and out of clinical contexts.