Helen Barnes Vantine, PhD, 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.