A deep and powerful recognition that I wanted to serve others, teach the skills that had given me hope, and support the kind of deep change that I had experienced emerged amidst this growing wisdom. That profound shift marked the beginning of decades of self-exploration, self-development and intensive education to develop the skills required to meet the needs of my clients.
In addition to my work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in private practice, I am a mindfulness teacher and trainer with over 10 years of experience teaching mindfulness classes in the Seattle community and developing mindfulness programs for organizations including the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle Times, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Visa, among others. I am a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from Seattle University.
For over a decade, I taught MBSR and Loving Kindness Meditation to veterans at the Seattle/Puget Sound VA in support of research by Dr. David Kearney, including a landmark, multi-year study measuring the effects of Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) on PTSD. I previously served as Clinical Supervisor and Case Manager with the Crisis Respite Program, a 24-hour residential psychiatric crisis respite for severely and persistently mentally ill homeless adults, at Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC).
Jonas’ teaching is strongly influenced by the mindfulness tradition of Jon Kabat-Zinn as well as Buddhist teachings of Jason Bartlett, Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Kamala Masters, Steve Armstrong and other leading teachers. More than a year of silent retreat experience and the application of mindfulness in daily life are foundational to my teaching.