Jonas Batt, MA
Adjunct Faculty, Psychology
Jonas Batt MA, LMHC is an alum of Seattle U’s Master of Arts in Counseling program and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor LMHC) in private practice specializing in Mindfulness-Based Therapy. He is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher through the UMass Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society and has practiced and studied mindfulness and meditation since 1997. Jonas taught MBSR and Loving Kindness Mediation (LKM) to veterans at the Seattle/Puget Sound VA in support of research by Dr. David Kearney. In 2017 Dr. Kearney’s team completed a landmark, multi-year study measuring the effects of Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) on PTSD. Jonas was previously a Clinical Supervisor and Case Manager with the Crisis Respite Program (CRP) at Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC); the CRP is a King County-funded, 24-hour residential psychiatric crisis respite for severely and persistently mentally ill homeless adults. Jonas’ teaching is strongly influenced by the Early Buddhist/Vipassana tradition and the mindfulness teachings of Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson, Steve Armstrong, Jason Bartlett and other leading teachers. More than 12 months (combined) of silent retreat practice and the application of mindfulness in daily life are foundational to his teaching.