I am an accredited psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, and mindfulness teacher with over 30 years’ experience working with individuals and groups both in private practice and a wide range of community based settings. I am a long time student of meditation and I have been integrating the practices of mindfulness into my counselling and psychotherapy practice since the 1990s.
As an Integrative practitioner, I weave together my life experience, trainings, knowledge and skills in counselling, psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, bereavement studies, and trauma therapy, to offer the best combination of support and care to each client. I have specialist training in compassionately supporting people with long term health issues, chronic stress, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety and depression
My initial training as both a general and mental health nurse laid the foundation for a path that has been orientated towards providing support and compassionate space to work with physical and emotional challenges. In the 1980s I began training with one of the first Psychotherapy training centres in Ireland, The Creative Counselling Centre. I have been in continuous private practice since. I am committed to my professional development and have pursued additional qualifications and expertise. I am a qualified Mindfulness teacher having 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 also completed a specialist teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer with Bangor University. I hold an MSc in Bereavement Studies from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Irish Hospice Foundation. I am also an experienced EMDR practitioner. I have completed training in Complicated Grief Therapy with Kathy Shear of Columbia University and the Irish Hospice Foundation and integrate all of these skills where appropriate in my psychotherapy practice.