MyMindfulSelf was set up by Helen O’Neill (M.A. in Teaching Mindfulness Approaches, University of Bangor) to provide high quality mindfulness training courses.

Helen brings over 15 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist to her work as a Mindfulness Teacher.

My Mission is to facilitate mindfulness training with integrity for its ethical framework to enable individuals to develop more awareness and compassion for themselves and their experience.

My Vision is to support individuals to enhance their capacity to respond to the challenges of daily life, and improve their well being through providing excellence in mindfulness training.

Professional Background

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2002 and I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. I work as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Paediatric Medicine. I previously worked in adult mental health in New Zealand.

Mindfulness Training and Experience

I began practicing mindfulness meditation in 2005. I found it beneficial in both my personal and professional life, and this led me to train as a mindfulness teacher.

Following five years of intensive training, I was awarded a Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness (with distinction) from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor, Wales. 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 attended a masterclass in Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings (Finding Peace in a Frantic World) at Oxford University. 

I am certified to teach mindfulness programmes for children (PAWS b), adolescents (dot b), and teachers (.b Foundations). These mindfulness programmes were designed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) in the UK. I regularly teach the PAWS b and dot b programmes in my role as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist and these are well received by young people.

I have taught many mindfulness workshops and courses for the general public, and for various organisations including Tallaght University Hospital, the VHI,  Hibernia College, Carr’s Child and Family services and The Novas Centre.

Teaching Mindfulness with Integrity

I am committed to teaching mindfulness with integrity and adhere to the Irish Good Practice Guidelines for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses. The guidelines, developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Network Ireland recommend that mindfulness teachers have formal recognized mindfulness training, an ongoing personal meditation practice, engage in supervision and attend residential retreats.

Blogs – A Lust for Life

I enjoy writing and have contributed several articles to A Lust for Life website. My articles can be found at http://www.alustforlife.com in the Mental Health Section.

“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)