Mindfulness

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Free Lecture

As part of our celebration of 25 years in practice, Dr. Gillian Moore-Groarke, Consultant Psychologist, cordially invites you to our free public lecture series. Our first lecture “Mindfulness – Healing and Well-being” was presented to a full house by Mr. Timothy Sweeney at 8pm on Thursday, 2 April 2015, at The Deane Suite, Kingsley Hotel, Cork.

What is Mindfulness?

mindfulnessMindfulness is a method of mental training, using meditation to maintain an awareness of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations and our surrounding environment. It is used to treat physical and mental health conditions in schools, prisons, hospitals, convalescent homes, etc. and it has been embraced by nurses, doctors, teachers, psychologists, counsellors, dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists.

The practise of mindfulness encourages us to accept our thoughts and feelings without judging them. When we practise mindfulness we are very much in the present moment.

While mindfulness has its roots in Buddhism, it was the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with his (MSBR) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme that led the Western world to explore its benefits. Much research has been done into the benefits of mindfulness that have highlighted the physical and mental health benefits of daily practise.

Some patients find mindfulness as good as taking anti-depressants and used prophylactically it can act as a relapse preventer. Students say that they find it helps reduces exam stress, improves their learning and memory skills. It also helps in having more empathy and compassion. Couples who practise mindfulness report an enhancement in their relationships.

Many claim that it improves their quality of life and ability to cope with day-to-day stresses, controlling anger and hostility. The world is full of angry people and the ‘loving kindness’ meditation involves been compassionate to those around us. It can be practised in three stages by being compassionate to –

  1. Someone close to you
  2. An acquaintance
  3. Someone you find gives you a hard time.

Eventually it becomes your modus operandi and you find less volatility in your moods and you become a lot less angry.

Used in conjunction with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness can be very effective in the treatment of conditions such as depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, chronic pain and stress. Mindfulness training is also useful for expectant parents to help them make a good transition to parenthood. Successes have also been reported in the treatment of eating disorders, pain management and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Mindfulness can be practised anywhere, by bringing mindfulness awareness to whatever you are doing, whether you are sitting on a bus or a train, eating, or even going for a walk. The MSBR suggests 40 minutes a day, but benefits can be achieved from just 10 minutes a day.

Mindfulness is not about feeling success or failure. Whether you feel positive or negative thoughts, each time you practise mindfulness you learn something valuable about how your mind works.

Mindfulness helps you to regain control in your life. It enables you to catch negative thought patterns before they tip you into a downward negative spiral. You are less likely to see your doctor as often and research has shown that practising mindfulness will lead to fewer days in hospitals. This practise will allow you to assess your goals and find the path in life that you will realise your deepest goals and personal values.

As part of our celebration of 25 years in practice, Dr. Gillian Moore-Groarke, Consultant Psychologist, cordially invites you to our free public lecture series. Our first lecture “Mindfulness – Healing and Well-being” will be presented by Mr. Timothy Sweeney –

The lecture entitled ‘Mindfulness Healing and Well-being’ is the first of our Free Public Lectures as part of our celebration of 25 years in practice. The lecture will be given by Timothy Sweeney, who has been practising mindfulness for over 38 years and trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santo Nellie and Florene Melio-Meyer.





Dr. Gillian Moore Groarke - 25 years in practice

Free Public Lectures
at The Kingsley Hotel, Cork

The Kingsley Hotel, Cork

The Kingsley Hotel, Cork

As part of our celebration of 25 years in practice, Dr. Gillian Moore-Groarke, Consultant Psychologist, cordially invites you to our free public lecture series. Our first lecture “Mindfulness – Healing and Well-being” will be presented by Mr. Timothy Sweeney –




Timothy-SweeneyMindfulness – Healing and Well-being
Timothy Sweeney

 

The Deane Suite, Kingsley Hotel, Cork
8pm, Thursday, 2 April 2015

The lecture entitled ‘Mindfulness Healing and Well-being’ will be given by Timothy Sweeney who has been practising mindfulness for over 38 years. In 1993, 2009 and 2013 he completed professional training with Jon Kabat – Zinn, Saki Santo Nellie and Florene Melio-Meyer from the Centre for mindfulness – UMASS Medical School. He has spent long periods in silent mediation retreats. He has been teaching MSBR in Ireland since 2004.





Audrey-O-Carroll“A Post Trauma Observed”
– Audrey O’Carroll
8pm, Thursday, 3 September 2015
The Deane Suite, Kingsley Hotel, Cork

Audrey O’Carroll, musician and teacher reflects on what caused her own PTSD – an attempt on her life!



lillian-o-sullivanThe evolving relationship between
the psychologist and the solicitor
– Lillian O’Sullivan
8pm, Thursday, 5 November 2015
The Deane Suite, Kingsley Hotel, Cork

Lillian O’Sullivan is a practising solicitor and the principal of Lillian O’Sullivan & Co., Solicitors based at 48 Maylor Street, Cork.

Lillian’s main practice areas include Family and Child Law and Employment Law in addition to providing full legal services in all areas of law.

Lillian completed her BCL (1998) and Masters Degree (LLM) (1999) at University College Cork. She has also completed Postgraduate Diplomas in International Arbitration (2002), Arbitration (2003) and Employment Law (2007) at University College Dublin.

Lillian O’Sullivan practised for a number of years with leading Irish law firm Arthur Cox in Dublin, gaining extensive experience in all areas of commercial law and litigation. After completing a Fellowship with the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Holland in 2004, Lillian returned to Cork to develop a more general legal practice.

Lillian has a keen interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution and has trained extensively in this area. She is a trained Arbitrator, Mediator and Collaborative Law Practitioner. She is committed to ensuring that her clients are fully aware of all methods available for the resolution of their disputes and she is fully qualified to advise and represent her clients in resolving disputes in the way which best suits their needs.

Lillian has been a contributor to the Law Society of Ireland’s professional practice courses in Family Law, Employment Law and Commercial Law. She has lectured in Employment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution on the MBA Course in UCC and has lectured at the Cork Law School and Griffith College Cork.

Lillian is a member of the Association of Collaborative Practitioners, an association established to promote and provide training to lawyers and other professionals in Collaborative Practice in Family Law. Lillian is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and the Resolve Collaborative Practice Group in Cork. Lillian is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Irish Branch and the Mediators Institute of Ireland.



Please email info@irishpsychology.com or telephone 021-4343073 if you wish to attend any of the lectures


Dr. Gillian Moore-Groarke,
Consultant Psychologist,
5a, Harley Court, Wilton, Cork.