I have a BA Honours degree in Applied Psychology, UCC. I also completed one years training in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Fr Matthew Centre in Cork.
I trained in traditional Shotokan Karate for 16 years. I have undertaken several meditation retreats including an intensive ten day retreat in Vipassana meditation in Suan Mokkh Temple in Thailand. I have seen an array of psychotherapists, longterm and short term, one to one and in group psychotherapy. I have opened my own Pandora’s Box and sought out the dark shadows of my humanity. They were gracefully received with love and kindness by therapists until I learned to cultivate that same kindness for myself. I have spent most of my life journeying inwards seeking my truth and ultimately seeking freedom.
For a very long time I thought it was my vocation to become a counsellor, it turned out the Gods, or the Universe had other plans for me. While this felt like a devastating turn of events for me at the time, as always the universe brought the lessons that I needed to find.
Without the grounding of my training in Yoga and thus my understanding of how the mind and body are inextricably linked I see now how as a therapist I would have been lost at sea unable to navigate my way safely through the waves, depths and storms of human emotion. Through the body-mind practice of Yoga I now have the tools and understanding to hold space for powerful emotion safely, grounded in my own body, softened in compassion, steady in stillness.
There is so much I have learned by simply befriending my body, being kind witness to my experience, slowing down, becoming quiet and still so I might hear my hearts whispers. It is my passion in life to be able to share these lessons with others, to empower you to find healing, befriending your body, your experience and your self, re-membering all your parts, the shadow and the light, becoming whole and heart centred.
I completed a two year Contemporary Yoga teacher training with Marianne Gabriel and Charlie Stephens. I will ever be a student, and I continue to learn taking modules in an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Dublin with Lisa Petersen of Living Yoga. So far I have completed the Breath Module, Skeletal 1, Psoas Muscle, (more affectionately known as the Muscle of the Soul), the Voice, and the Nervous System. At present I am training in Movement Meditation with Marianne Gabriel. I have just completed a course in Somatics with Lisa Petersen and I am now a certified Somatic Movement Coach.
On a more personal note I am mother to three beautiful children and a partner to one noble man. I love animals. We have two dogs, one cat, two rabbits and two ponies! I am at my happiest when I am being creative, or else just goofing around with my folks, furry or otherwise. I love dress making and find nothing quite as soothing as the sound of my sewing machine clucking way. I love dancing and I love music but I never seem to have enough of either of them in my life. I love the Sea and frequently swim letting the wild salty sea wash away my woes and infuse me with her wildness, her fury, her calm, her incredible power. I love to laugh. I think laughter is the medicine of the Gods and I think it is wise not to take myself too seriously. I love to read. At the moment I am gobbling yoga books and mind, body, spirit material at the rate of knots. Although I love the idea of getting up at dawn for practice I find it incredibly difficult to drag my body from the bed, and when I do manage it I feel like an angry bear. I’m a work in progress : ) I want to be able to stand on my hands because the child in me lives on fiercely.
Ultimately I believe that love is the only thing that makes sense in this all too crazy world, and so in my way I try to honour this in my thoughts, my words and my actions. Of course I am only human and in my humanity I often fall very short of this ideal. Hence all the practice : )
I come to this work with an open heart and with a sincere intention to work with people in a way that is supportive and kind. I will endeavour to support you in finding joy in moving your body, and peace in coming towards inner stillness, always guiding you towards home, returning to your Self and your own inner wisdom.