Richards W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he runs a private practice and conducts regular MBCT groups for medical centres as well as for the community. He is director of the Centre for Clinical Mindfulness & Meditation, and has several academic faculty appointments, including the UC College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. He was clinical lead on one of the first trials using MBCT for PTSD within the VA system, and is also on the first research team to conduct brain scans on children and adolescents before and after mindfulness practice. Dr. Sears is author of 10 books, including Building Competence in MBCT, MBCT for PTSD, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. He is an authorized Zen teacher, has a fifth degree black belt in To Shin Do/Ninjutsu, and once served as a personal protection agent for the Dalai Lama.
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