About The Opening Eyes
‘The Opening Eyes’ is a metaphor for a human being’s innate ability to look inside oneself, to see one own’s truth from the heart, layer by layer, without bias. ‘The Opening Eyes’ finds its home equally in the blessings and limitations of the physical body and world, and the spaciousness of the infinite Universe of which we are a part of, gathering the questions and committing to the journey towards the answers that matter to one’s life and purpose. Resolving to ‘open the eyes’ is engaging with the ever-evolving and unlimited possibilities that life offers, similarly to a bird opening its wings to fly up instinctively and explore the unlimited sky available to itself.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
My work is two-fold. Coming from both clinical and holistic backgrounds, my working approach is rooted in the belief that it is possible to offer therapeutic and life-enhancing services that are ethical to people with scientific minds and to those more spiritually inclined. I am a qualified and internationally accredited systemic psychotherapist with experience of over 15 years in both public and private organisations in Ireland. Working through a collaborative and ethical perspective with families and individuals, including children and adolescents. As a Mindfulness-Based Approaches Meditation Trainer I teach meditation classes/workshops live and online, one-to-one and to groups.
I trained as systemic psychotherapist with the Clanwilliam Institute in Dublin, and completed the professional training in MBSR & MBCT with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, IMA, Germany. There are other psychotherapeutic modalities and training attended over the years, which inform my work, one of them being Jungian therapy.
A previous degree in Education and Philology complements the teaching of Mindfulness approaches and widening the methodology required to offer meditation professionally.
I have a particular interest in working with the Caring Professions and have offered “Train the Mindfulness Trainer” programmes to Health and Social Care Professionals in Ireland and UK.
Mindfulness can also be integrated successfully into therapeutic practice, where appropriate, and, with regular practice, the integration can be both enjoyable and have therapeutic benefits.
- Master of Science in Systemic Psychotherapy, Ireland
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philology
- Internationally accredited Professional Teacher Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), IMA, Germany
- Diploma in Social Studies, IFAE
- Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI)
- Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)
- European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP)
- Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (IMA), Germany
Background to my interest in Meditation
The study of yoga & meditation began in 1995 in Romania and led to regular practice followed by ongoing professional training over the years. Meditation has been a faithful companion in my life. I am grateful to have had opportunities to learn from inspiring and seasoned teachers in Ireland and internationally. Yoga and meditation have been a grounding inspiration both personally and professionally, opening a door to meet more consciously the inevitable challenges and changes of life.
- See my Blog page
- Since 2019 I have been posting regularly on various contemporary themes and topics on my Facebook page
- Spring 2010: Published article: Reflections on Inhabiting Two Languages and the Spaces Between, in Feedback – Journal of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp 52-59
- May 2006: Published article: The Place of Spirituality in Psychotherapy, in Feedback – Journal of the Family Therapy Association of Ireland, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 24-33