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.
Mission – to facilitate mindfulness training with integrity for its ethical framework to enable individuals to develop more awareness and compassion for themselves and their experience.
Vision – 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.
Helen qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2002 and is registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. Helen currently works part-time as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in Paediatric Medicine. She previously worked in adult mental health in New Zealand.
Mindfulness Training and Experience
Helen began practicing mindfulness meditation in 2005. The personal benefits of an ongoing mindfulness practice led her to train as a mindfulness teacher. Following five years of intensive training, Helen was awarded a Masters Degree (with distinction) in Teaching Mindfulness from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor, Wales. She also achieved a Certificate of Competence to Teach Mindfulness Courses from the University of Bangor.
In addition, Helen is certified to teach .b Foundations, a mindfulness course specifically designed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) in the U.K. for those working in education. She is also certified to teach the MiSP’s PAWS b mindfulness programme for 7-11 year olds and the dotbe (.b) mindfulness programme for 11-17 year olds. She regularly teaches these programmes in her role as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist.
Helen is an experienced mindfulness teacher who has taught mindfulness workshops and courses for the general public, and for various organisations including Tallaght University Hospital, the VHI and Hibernia College.
Teaching Mindfulness with Integrity
Helen is committed to teaching mindfulness with integrity and adheres 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.
Helen has contributed several articles on A Lust for Life website including “Helping Children Cope with Chronic Pain”, “Ten Tips for Introducing Mindfulness with Children”, and “Ten Tips to Help a Child who is Feeling Anxious”. See http://www.alustforlife.com under the Children & Adolescents section.