Atlanta Mindfulness Institute Faculty
Helen Barnes Vantine, Ph.D. is the founder and co-owner of Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. Dr. Vantine founded AMI in 2008 with a mission to help others find insight, love, joy, compassion, and acceptance through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She teaches mindfulness skills to individuals, businesses, small groups, health care professionals, and graduate students. In addition to her work at the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute, Dr. Vantine has a private psychotherapy practice in Buckhead and Serenbe, where she offers Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to her patients. She also teaches at the University of California in San Diego mentoring students toward certification as MBSR teachers. Dr. Vantine has spent more than 40 years practicing meditation and studying Eastern and Western approaches to personal growth. She trained to become a certified MBSR instructor under Jon Kabat-Zinn and received her certification in 2011. She was trained by Zindal Segal in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and in Mindful Self Compassion by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer.
Stephanie Swann, Ph.D., LCSW is co-owner and faculty in the Atlanta Mindfulness Institute. Along with Dr. Vantine, Dr. Swann is one of only three certified MBSR instructors in the state of Georgia through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She regularly teaches MIndfulness Based Stress Reduction to groups in the community as well as several advanced medtiation courses. As a consultant, Dr. Swann trains mental health professionals in the use of mindfulness based psychotherapy. She also maintains a private counseling practice in the Atlanta area. In addition to Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy, Dr. Swann’s areas of expertise include working with survivors of trauma, specifically childhood sexual and physical abuse as well as adult onset trauma. With all of her clients, Dr. Swann uses mindfulness based interventions to assist them in developing greater awareness and balance in their daily lives. Dr. Swann received her doctorate in clinical social work from Smith College in 2001. She has over 18 years of experience teaching in universities as well as the community. Personally, she attends mindfulness meditation retreats regularly and has a dedicated daily meditation practice.
For more information on Dr. Swann or her psychotherapy practice please go to www.stephanieswann.com.
Jessi Heneghan, LCSW, RPT-S. Jessi Heneghan, is AMI’s certified child and adolescent mindfulness instructor. She provides workshops, retreats, classes, and individual coaching especially for children and families. Her expertise includes mindful parenting, family mindfulness, trainings for teachers and schools, and individual coaching for parents, youth, and family units.
Jessi is a psychotherapist, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a certified teacher with the Mindfulness in Schools Project. For over a decade, she has been supporting children, teenagers, and the adults who care for them on a wide range of issues in schools and hospitals as well as through her private psychotherapy practice. As a parent, she incorporates mindfulness in her home to bring compassionate attention and self-awareness to her family life.
You can learn more about her psychotherapy practice by visiting www.atlantamindfulnesstherapy.com.
Testimonials from participants in the Atlanta MBSR Course
"Hesitant going in, but the class was absolutely transformative and set the basis for skill building that I will continue for the rest of my life. Completely changed my relationship to my stress/anxiety and my thoughts in general."
"Mindfulness has become the challenger of the truth and lies I was clinging to. It set me free from bondage that I never expected. I have become more compassionate with myself in the process."
"Stephanie and Helen are wonderful teachers, the perfect compliment to each other. I learned so much about how my mind works. The concepts of meditation seem so lofty, but each class broke them down into tangible realities. I leave the class with a clear focus on what I would like to accomplish with my practice and how to do it."
"Excellent. I learned a lot, even more than I expected. Now I have a lifetime skill that will help me to live a better life and enjoy every moment with acceptance."
"I found the value of the class superb. I can't say I feel done, but very much off to a good start. This class convinced me that MBSR is a practice I want to stay attached to for life. I don't see any downside. When choosing life's priorities it is tough not to put MBSR as one of the top contenders."
Testimonials from participants in the Atlanta Mindfulness & Psychotherapy Course
"I have specialized in trauma treatment for over 20 years. After being trained in various approaches to trauma therapy-I believe the use of MBSR to be the most humane and effective. This training should be fundemntal for all who work with trauma, I highly recommend this course to others for both personal and professional development"
"This was an excellent experience. The in-person sessions, the materials, and the skill-based discussions were all very well planned, integrated and helpful in supporting personal practice and professional development."