Craig Mackie, MA, MSW, RSW

Craig MackieCraig Mackie has a BA (Hons.) in developmental psychology (U of Alberta), MA in philosophy (U of Ottawa) and a Masters of Social Work (U of Toronto). He is currently a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Craig holds several trainings in mindfulness-based interventions, including Mindfulness for Symptom Management (Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic), Transformative Mindfulness Methods, and is an international trainer for the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (UK) in the 16 Guidelines, which is an ethical practice of mindfulness. Between these three modalities he is able to help those with whom he works to stabilize their minds, understand and transform suffering as well as create a meaningful life and culture.

Areas of specialization are:

  • Anxiety and depression, with a sub-specialization in anxiety related to chronic illness (pain) and trauma (including head trauma)
  • Trauma, developmental trauma, intergenerational trauma and PTSD
  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Stress Management, Chronic Stress, Burnout
  • Anger Management
  • High performance sport
  • Injury recovery

Craig has partnered with reseachers at the University of Ottawa/Montfort Hospital and the Toronto and Ottawa Research Hospitals to facilitate mindfulness research with social anxiety (with Dr. Diana Koszycki) and neuropathic pain management with cancer survivors (with Dr. Patricia Poulin).

He works with adolescence and adults. His practice is supervised by a clinical psychologist, making it accessible to coverage under most extended health benefits plans.

Craig is a service provider for special populations, including:

  • First Nations and Inuit peoples with status, under Health Canada NIHB funding for mental health counselling;
  • RCMP and Veteran’s’ Affairs Canada (VAC) as an approved BlueCross Service Provider;
  • Vehicle accidents under OCF 18 claims.

Areas that Craig has taught mindfulness include mental health organizations, schools, universities, adolescent addictions facilities, social services, governmental agencies, charities, hospitals and other non-profit organizations. Currently he teaches the Embodying Mindful Values (Ethics) course in the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Continuing Studies. Craig also owns and operates a private mental health consultancy in Ottawa called Essential Change (, partnering with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre and various other health and mental health organizations in Ottawa.

As a part of Craig’s personal journey he is a multi-sport athlete, having competed on the Canadian National teams for Biathlon and Ultimate (Frisbee). Through sport he first learned the power of the mind-body connection. Having formerly training in mindfulness since 2004, and receiving certification in Transformative Mindfulness in 2008, he continues to grow using the techniques he teaches. He has worked in wilderness therapy, adventure based learning and with various children and youth at-risk in Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto. He teaches and facilitates therapy from an experiential embodied approach with the conviction that each of us can become our own healers.

Here is a sampling of training Craig has completed:

Gail Appel/Hincks-Dellcrest Institute for Trauma

Mindsight Institute, Dr. Dan Siegel

University of Toronto Applied Mindfulness Mediation Certificate Program

Transformative Mindfulness International

Think:Kids, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Crossroads Children’s Centre

M4 Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic 

Craig works out of his home studio in the Carlington area in Ottawa and has an office space in central Ottawa. He also offers on-line 1-1 counselling and mindfulness training to remote clients.

Organizations that Craig works with: