Fiona O’Donnell is a graduate Psychologist with a Master of Science (MSc.). in Psychology from Brunel University London. She has also completed a 3-year MSc. in Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Bangor University, Wales and has a third MSc. in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin. Fiona is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Mindfulness Teachers Association of Ireland (MTAI).
Fiona is passionate about supporting people and has completed numerous professional trainings to support this expertise including: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training Retreats Levels 1 & 2 at Bangor University, she is an accredited Trained Teacher in Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC) with the Centre for Mindful Self Compassion, California. She has attended training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation (OMF), Oxford University, as well as, completing Dr. Mark Williams new Frame by Frame online programme and has completed the MBCT-Life Teacher Training with the OMF also. Fiona has completed the .b training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MISP), Positive Neuroplasticity Professional Training with Dr. Rick Hanson and Google’s ‘Search Inside Yourself’ Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Training with SIYLI. Fiona has completed Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with the Sensorimotor Institute, Colorado, USA and is registered as an MBCT Therapist on Dr. Zindel Segel's International Access MBCT register.
Fiona is a half-time Lecturer in the School of Psychology’s Mindfulness Master’s programme in University College Dublin (UCD) and the other half of her work is dedicated to her clinical practice with the general public running evidence-based group programmes and corporate training. Fiona is a Teacher Trainer on The Mindfulness Centre’s Professional Diploma in Mindfulness (MBSR/MBCT). Fiona also presents at the Wellness areas of Festivals such as Wellfest and Electric Picnic and has written many articles in the areas of mental health, mindfulness and self compassion. She has recently completed research exploring the experience of feeling a shared feeling of social connection and common humanity whilst attending an 8-week MBSR, whilst on a ‘Virtual’ Online platform.
Fiona offers mindfulness courses to people with low mood and anxiety, people in addiction, and specializes in mindfulness in the workplace, as well as training mindfulness teachers to the highest international standards. Fiona is a qualified Mindfulness Supervisor through Bangor University Wales and adheres to the Irish Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and has participated in a number of intensive mindfulness retreats worldwide.
Fiona’s previous work experience includes several years in Children’s Services in Dublin, prior to working for The Atlantic Philanthropies which developed strategies and funding for Children & Youth and Human Rights, throughout Ireland and internationally.