MINDFULNESS

Denise has an MSc. in Mindfulness-Based Interventions through University College Dublin (UCD), and offers a wide range of mindfulness courses. She trained to teach the Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World program through the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She is trained in both the MyMind  program and the Mindfulness in Schools Project and has also trained as an ‘Advanced Trauma-Sensitive’ mindfulness practitioner. She delivers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs regularly to both her clients and those in need.

Get in touch today to discover more about our mindfulness group courses or our individual sessions.

MINDFULNESS:

 

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

We can often be unaware that our mind is somewhere else, we are out of touch with our body, and that we have come engrossed in thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. This can have a big impact on how we live our lives, interpret events and respond to what is happening around us. Mindfulness can help us to interrupt the habit of getting lost in thought and learn tools that can help us to reclaim how we respond to the unavoidable stressors in our lives in an accepting and non-judgemental way.

 

Over the last 30 years, academic research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and physical medicine have documented the wide-ranging benefits of practicing mindfulness, particularly in an 8-week mindfulness course format such as the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR). The evidence has shown Mindfulness-Based Interventions can be an effective aid in the treatment of many mental and physical health issues, as well as generally improving our performance, relationships, and well-being.

MINDFULNESS SESSIONS:

Taster Mindfulness Session

A Mindfulness taster session allows you to dip your toe into Mindfulness and stress reduction. The session is a standalone 60-minute training, you will experience a gentle and relaxing introduction to the principal skills, techniques and scientific research behind Mindfulness. The taster session runs as a 1-1 session or as a group session. ENQUIRE NOW

Finding Peace in a Frantic World

This course follows the best-selling practical guide to mindfulness by Prof. Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman.  It is underpinned by MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) but with shorter weekly sessions and home practice.

 

Who is it for: The ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ course is intended to help ordinary people who are struggling to keep up with the demands of modern day life.  The course has been developed to teach simple and powerful mindfulness practices to help break the cycle of stress, unhappiness, anxiety and mental exhaustion.  It promotes taking control of ones well-being in a practical and proven way.

The course consists of  8 weekly sessions, 1.5 hours per week and  home practice of between 10 and 20mins.  The course can be adapted in length and hours per session in order to meet your requirements.

 

This programme can be taught in a variety of contexts.  I deliver the Peace in a Frantic World course as an open course to the general public, to networks such as women’s groups, parent groups, for organisations and teams and also for student groups at universities. ENQUIRE NOW

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme is the most recognised and established mindfulness course, taught all over the world, and scientifically proven to help people cope better with stress, depression and anxiety. The programme is a very practical and educational programme, taught in a gentle and supportive environment.

 

Over eight weeks, you will be taught how to bring a kind, non-judgmental awareness to your experience, your body and your mind. You will learn how to apply mindfulness to stressful, uncomfortable or painful situations wherever you are, to help improve your well-being over time. We will also reflect on your experience and learning to ensure you get the most out of the course and the accompanying exercises. You will receive a course manual to support your learning by providing context and guidance about what you are learning and explains the home practice for each week. A set of guided Mindfulness recordings are also supplied for you to use at home. ENQUIRE NOW

Community Drop-In

Supportive, friendly monthly drop-in mindfulness meditation.  The sessions are online, live and free, encompassing a 30 minute guided meditation and 10 minutes of sharing. Please contact Denise for the zoom link. ENQUIRE NOW

 

Mindfulness in the Workplace

“The ability to be present and mindful, to stay focused intentionally without passing judgment, is a 21st-century skill” (Forbes Human Resource Council, 2020). Research has shown that increasing mindfulness in the workplace can decrease stress levels while improving focus, thoughtfulness, decision-making abilities and overall well-being. Please contact Denise for information on a mindfulness program tailored to the specific needs of your organization. ENQUIRE NOW

 

One-to-One Mindfulness

If you are unable to attend a mindfulness course or if you would prefer not to do the course in a group, it is possible to explore mindfulness in a one to one supportive and confidential setting. Sessions can be face to face or online via zoom.  ENQUIRE NOW

 

Mymind for Youth

Mymind is a mindfulness-based 9 session parent and child training program that aims to improve focus and concentration and decreases impulsivity, hyperactivity, and aggression in youth (9-18 years) with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This mindfulness training also addresses stress, anxiety and depression and appears to have a positive effect on social communication in youth (9-18 years) with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Mymind is provided in groups of 6-10 children, depending on the age and conditions.

The mindful parenting training supports parents in their parenting of their child with ADHD or ASD by cultivating present-moment and non-judgmental attention for the child and by understanding the world from the perspective of their child. Parents learn how to manage their stress by becoming aware of automatic patterns of reactivity.  Parents also learn how they can support and reward their child's mindfulness training.  ENQUIRE NOW

MINDFULNESS IN EDUCATION
.breathe Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)

Mindfulness for 9 to 14-year-olds or anyone transitioning into secondary school. The .breathe program is a short 4 lesson course that includes simple mindfulness practices with some theory, recent insights into the brain from neuroscience as well as aspects of social and emotional learning.  ENQUIRE NOW

.b (MiSP)

Mindfulness for 11 – 18-year-olds. The .b program is a ten-session course for young people that teaches the skills of mindfulness and supports better mental health. It uses eye-catching visuals, video clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life for young people. There is also a dedicated website where students can watch and listen to guided mindfulness practices. It can be taught over the course of one school term. ENQUIRE NOW

Peace in a Frantic World (FW)
This course developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, has become an extremely popular programme for Oxford University students wanting to equip themselves with the tools to cope with stress, perform at their best and enjoy student life fully. Please see the more detailed explanation of the course above.