Who is Dr. Marchand?
Dr. Marchand is a board certified academic psychiatrist, neuroscientist, author and mindfulness teacher. He combines the latest research in psychiatry and neuroscience with the ancient wisdom of meditation practices to help others live happier and more satisfying lives through mindfulness.
Why use mindfulness?
Modern psychiatric and psychological treatments are effective. Unfortunately, many individuals with mood and anxiety disorders continue to have symptoms even with appropriate treatment. Dr. Marchand realized through over 20 years of clinical work that something was missing in traditional treatment approaches. Through his personal mindfulness practice as an ordained monk in the Soto Zen tradition, Dr. Marchand discovered how a mindfulness practice can lead to profound benefits for practitioners.
Does mindfulness really work or is it just a fad?
Mindfulness and other meditation practices are popular right now. However, meditation traditions, such as those that are central to Buddhist traditions, have been used for thousands of years.
Mindfulness and meditation practices have been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies in recent years. These studies have demonstrated beyond a shadow of doubt that mindfulness rewires the brain through neuroplasticity. Research has also demonstrated that mindfulness is effective for symptoms of depression and anxiety as well as chronic pain. Mindfulness enhances psychological and physiological functioning in a variety of ways.
For more information, Dr. Marchand’s scientific review articles about the benefits and mechanisms of mindfulness are available at the following links:
What is Dr. Marchand’s approach to teaching mindfulness?
Dr. Marchand received formal training as a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Program. He has also participated in the 7-day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine professional training program under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr. Saki Santorelli.
Dr. Marchand uses his extensive experience as a psychiatrist and neuroscientist in combination with his personal mindfulness practice and formal training as a mindfulness teacher to help others live mindfully.