About Deborah O’Neill RGN, RPN; Diploma Psychotherapy, MSc.
I am an accredited psychotherapist and trainer with over 32 years of clinical experience working with individuals and groups in a wide range of community based settings. I have practiced meditation for 30 years and have being teaching Mindfulness for 14 years. Since 2003 I have been working part-time offering counselling support in Cork ARC Cancer Support House and have been providing mindfulness courses there for the last 10 years. I have also been bringing mindfulness trainings into the healthcare sector, schools, voluntary agencies, charities, support groups, and social care agencies as well as businesses and the corporate sector. I have completed training as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher with the Centre for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, USA. I have also completed a specialist teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer, with Bangor University.
I am committed to presenting the MBSR program closely reflecting the curriculum developed by the founder of the program Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, and as taught at the Center for Mindfulness, Medicine, Healthcare and Society (CFM) at the University of Massachussetts. The CFM recommends a sequence for MBSR teacher training involving foundational training, initial teaching, advanced training and I have completed all of those trainings.
I participate in regular professional supervision with Mindfulness teacher colleagues and for the past 25 years have been attending regular extended silent retreats to deepen and nourish my own meditation practice. I adhere to the Irish Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness Based Courses that have been developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Network, Ireland.