MyMindfulSelf was set up by Helen O’Neill (M.A. in Teaching Mindfulness Approaches, University of Bangor) to provide high quality mindfulness programmes.
Helen brings over 15 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist to her work as a Mindfulness Teacher.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2002 and I am registered as a Chartered Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. I currently work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in General Paediatrics. I have also previously worked in adult mental health in New Zealand.
Mindfulness Training and Experience
My initial introduction to mindfulness was on a retreat in New Zealand in 2005. Following participation on an 8-week MBSR programme, I continued to practice mindfulness meditation regularly. I found practicing mindfulness especially beneficial in managing chronic pain, and also within my work as a psychologist. My desire to share the benefits with others led me to train as a mindfulness teacher, which was an enriching and rewarding experience. Following five years of intensive training on a part-time basis, I was awarded a Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness (Distinction) from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor, Wales in 2016. I also achieved a Certificate of Competence to Teach Mindfulness Based Courses from the University of Bangor. I am committed to ongoing professional development, and in 2018 I completed training to teach the Finding Peace in a Frantic World course at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
In addition to my training in MBSR and MBCT, I am certified to teach mindfulness programmes for children and adolescents, (PAWS b and dot b), and school staff ( .b Foundations). These mindfulness programmes were designed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) in the UK. I teach PAWS b and dot b programmes in my role as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist and these are well received by young people.
Since qualifying as a mindfulness teacher in 2016, I have taught mindfulness workshops and courses for the general public, and for various organisations including Tallaght University Hospital, VHI, Hibernia College, Carr’s Child and Family Services and The Novas Centre.
I am a member of the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland and I agree to be bound by the professional standards and ethical standards of the organisation. See https://mtai.ie/ for information about the organisation.
A Lust for Life – Blogs
I have contributed several blogs on the website A Lust for Life. They can be located in the Mental Health Section https://alustforlife.com/.
- “Ten Tips for Introducing Mindfulness with Children” (under Mindfulness tab)
- “How to help Children with Chronic Pain” (under Children and Adolescents)
- “10 Tips to Help a Child who is Feeling Anxious” (under Children and Adolescents)
- “The Effects of Acne during Adolescence” (under Children and Adolescents)