About Us

Pauline McKinnon

Pauline McKinnon is the Founder and Principal of the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre. She is a psychotherapist, author of “In Stillness Conquer Fear”, the well loved book for children Quiet Magic and the newly released “Living Calm in a Busy World

Pauline’s recovery from acute anxiety is a testament to the effectiveness of Stillness Meditation Therapy. For eight years, while experiencing panic attacks and the severe symptoms of agoraphobia (the pathological fear of leaving home), she sought relief from many sources, including doctors, psychologists and alternative practitioners. Results, if any, were temporary and made no lasting difference to her condition. Almost by chance, she discovered the pioneering work of Dr Ainslie Meares. This therapeutic model, brought Pauline full recovery.

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Other Practitioners

From Pauline’s Teacher Training Course, a number of accredited practitioners are available to assist at the Centre in delivering successful and effective SMT programs to all clients. These include:

Francine Cockerill

Francine is an Arts graduate and trained counsellor with over 25 years’ experience in theatre, art and design. She has a natural affinity for the very young and blends her artistic gifts with counselling in introducing Stillness Meditation Therapy (S.M.T.™) to children (link to Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre page- sub navigation page “SMT for children and Schools”.) Her work at the Stillness Meditation Centre and within external class situations has resulted in a wide range of therapeutic and practical benefits for her students. These include an improvement to anxiety symptoms and behavioural problems and the children’s increased ability to relax and become calm while maintaining the wonder and imagination that is part of childhood.

Francine also conducts sessions for adults at the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre and is a member of ATMA (Australian Teachers of Meditation Association).


Kaye Hakopian

Kaye is a qualified teacher and has over 35 years experience with the Victorian Department of Education including a prominent role in Special Education with the Austin School. In helping adolescents to manage anxiety and stress, Kaye has initiated and assisted at numerous Stillness Meditation Therapy (S.M.T.™) workshops, link to Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre page- sub navigation page “SMT for children and Schools”) observing remarkable improvements in her students’ capacity to cope with resilience, manage stress and gain confidence – aptitudes which are especially necessary at secondary school level.

Kaye is gifted in encouraging the positive in young adults, assisting them to develop personal empowerment as through stillness, their inner strength is realized.

Kaye also conducts sessions for adults at the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre and is a member of ATMA (Australian Teachers of Meditation Association)


Lucy Louca

Lucy is a qualified Counsellor with a Bachelor of Arts and graduate qualifications in Business Management. She has been involved with the Stillness Meditation Therapy Centre for over 10 years and has completed her accreditation as a qualified SMT Practitioner. She regularly assists Pauline McKinnon at SMT workshops and presentations and also conducts SMT sessions for adults at the Centre.

With a marketing and corporate background of over 25 years Lucy understands the pressures and stress associated with fast pace, high powered environments and is especially interested in bringing SMT programs to the workplace. She also works with clients on an individual basis assisting them in their personal development work.

 

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