Ben Gaibel, LCSW
Ben Gaibel, LCSW is a Social Worker at Cancer Centers of Colorado at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado. Ben currently teaches 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses for patients and caregivers at the Cancer Center, as well as for the community at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Good Samaritan. He also offers mindfulness workshops for associates and leaders within the SCL Health System.
Ben is a Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, receiving his training by the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at the UMASS Medical School. Through the CFM, Ben has completed a Professional Training in MBSR under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, a Practicum Intensive in MBSR, and a Teacher Development Intensive in MBSR. He is currently on the training pathway of becoming a CFM Certified MBSR Teacher. Ben has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1997. Ben's path has been greatly influenced by Joseph Goldstein, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Bruce Tift, and David Chernikoff.
Ben started his career in health care as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, leading and coordinating therapeutic groups for people with multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological illnesses and disabilities through the Rocky Mountain MS Center in Denver, Colorado. The MS Center is where Ben first began leading Mindfulness groups in 2001. Ben completed his Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University in 2007. He then worked as a hospice social worker for seven years where he incorporated mindfulness practices with patients, caregivers, and staff. Ben has been working at Good Samaritan Medical Center as an Oncology Social Worker since 2013. In addition to teaching MBSR groups, Ben currently provides individual counseling and education for people affected by cancer, and facilitates support groups. Ben currently lives in Lafayette, Colorado with his wife, Rachael.