Me. Why Mindfulness?

About Alison

Alison Keane is a Brisbane clinical psychotherapist, mindfulness meditation teacher and yin yoga instructor. Mindfulness is an important part of Alison’s personal life. She meditates and practises yoga regularly as life-affirming wellbeing practices.

Alison has worked in the field of mind body, participatory and preventive healthcare in Australia since 2001. She is one of a handful of Australian mindfulness teachers accredited with the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society (CFM). The CFM is an international agency involved in setting up global teaching standards. Her Queensland mindfulness course Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was featured in the award-winning SBS documentary, The Silent Epidemic which was televised internationally.

Alison’s courses and presentations are warm, engaging and informative, and at times draw from her experiences as a former ABC television producer and journalist, senior government media advisor and company director and anxiety sufferer.

More about Alison’s experience in teaching mindfulness

Alison trained in the teaching of mindfulness under the direction of American educator Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Dr Kabat-Zinn. Jon, a molecular biologist and long term meditation practitioner is widely credited with distilling the Buddhist wellbeing model of mindfulness for western medicine and audiences. Alison attends Buddhist, Insight Yoga and secular meditation retreats for support and nourishment in her teaching and in her life.

“…in my thirties I realised I had anxiety that was hitting fairly high. What a revelation! I thought everyone experienced the tension headaches, late night worrying. I joined a yoga class and on a family member’s recommendation began to meditate. My anxious thoughts started to drop away. Another epiphany! In 2007 I found out about mindfulness and how it can help stress. Even though I wasn’t quite sure how I would fund it and get there I decided to travel to the US to study under the wonderful teaching and support of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn. Jon is widely acknowledged for his research-evidenced and thoughtful distillation of eastern mindfulness to support people who have mental or physical stresses in their lives. Jet lag, an unexpected northern Californian snow blizzard outside our venue and not quite knowing what was ahead contributed to anxiety rising again at. Fortunately, I was in good hands!”

Moving on from jet lag and anxiety…

Alison returned to Brisbane to undergo extensive training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and MBCT therapist. She is now one of only five Australian mindfulness teachers accredited with the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine Healthcare and Society(CFM) to teach the MBSR Course. The CFM is involved in setting up global standards in the delivery and teaching of secular mindfulness.

Alison is also a counsellor and psychotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience including work at Relationships Australia. As well as generalist counselling she is trained in guiding people through Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT is similar to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and like MBSR may be helpful in bringing ease to mental stress and chronic pain. Rather than mindfulness training in a larger group you may prefer to see Alison one on one for a private counselling session.

Interested in workplace mindfulness for professional development, mindfulness for stress reduction or yoga?

Getting out and about

As well as corporate keynote addresses Alison has presented at Yoga Australia’s National Conference and Brisbane’s premier yoga event Yoga Fest. She has also been a guest speaker on local Brisbane radio including ABC’s 4QR and Radio 4BC. As a freelance journalist she continues to write about lifestyle and well-being matters for national magazines including Australian Yoga Life.

Alison supports workplaces with mindfulness-based strategy workshops and training to support positive culture, collaborative mindset and calm effective leadership. In her workshops she draws on her experience as a company director in Cutting Edge and role as a senior Federal Government media advisor (Employment & Industrial relations) Alison has a graduate degree in management and organisational science and a post graduate masters in counselling.

Workplace Leadership Training

After repeated requests in the early days Alison developed workplace mindfulness programs for managers and their workforces. These include teaching ‘hands on’ practical understanding of secular mindfulness as a way of cultivating emotional intelligence, staying calmer under stress, wellbeing and good corporate citizenship.

Alison has presented training for the State Library Queensland (SLQ), Queensland Health, Queensland Cardiovascular Group, Education Queensland, the Queensland Law Society, Legal Aid Queensland, Triathlon Queensland, Epilepsy Queensland, Brisbane Catholic Education, local law firms, corporate workplaces and organisations in the non-government sector.

Mindfulness Training and Support for Healthcare Clinicians

Alison is also a regular trainer at Lighthouse Resources, a national training and consulting group for the human services sector.

Here she delivers The Mindful Therapist training and Mindful Leadership.

Both of these training events can also be delivered in your own workplace.

Private Mindfulness Meditation and Lifestyle Coaching

Alison teaches private individuals including corporate leaders, work professionals and managers in the understanding and acquisition of on-going and accessible mindfulness practices for wellbeing. Her private clients include politicians, corporate leaders, parents and families, students and teachers.

Award Winning SBS Documentary About Mindfulness

Alison’s Brisbane MBSR course was featured in an award-winning SBS television documentary, The Silent Epidemic. The show highlighted the positive mind-changing mindfulness journey of a young Brisbane woman, Ali Dower.

Keynote Presentations

Alison is a keynote speaker on health and well-being, including the positive impact of meditation and secular mindfulness in people’s lives.

  • 2013 – Speaker at Yoga Australia’s national conference, Unity in Diversity.
  • 2015 – Presenter at Brisbane’s premier yoga event YogaFest
  • 2017 – Keynote address, Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA)

Mindfulness Presence in Education

Alison has designed and delivered training for TAFE and Education Queensland teachers and career guidance officers. She continues to mentor principals and other school leaders.

In 2015 Alison travelled to Bhutan and explored education policy emphasis on mindfulness and meditation in schools there.

As well as her own mindfulness courses for the education sector she is also a presenter of the 8-week well-being course Reconnected in Brisbane schools. Reconnected is a program developed by UK-based Mind with Heart.