Helen worked as a post primary school teacher on and off from 1980 to 2019. She worked mainly in the Community and Comprehensive school sector, in the area of learning support. She was a member of the Visiting Teacher Service to the Traveller Community from 1997-2007.
Helen trained as Systemic and Family Therapist with The Clanwilliam Institute in the ’90s, while also completing a post-graduate Diploma in Psychology. She is a member of the PSI. Between teaching posts she worked in the community and voluntary sector, including as a project manager for people in recovery from addiction and Acting Centre Director in the Fingal Centre for the Unemployed, and in second chance education with the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed (INOU).
In addition to her Masters studies at Bangor University, Helen completed all trainings and supervision with senior teachers including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Melissa Blacker, Florence Meleo Meyer, Saki Santorelli and Pam Erdmann at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where MBSR was founded. She trained in supervising mindfulness teachers with Bangor University.
Helen has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1997 and teaching them since 2004. She has been a senior lecturer on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Interventions In the School of Psychology, UCD, since its inception in September 2014. She was part of the group of mindfulness teachers who developed and helped bring into being the professional body for mindfulness teachers in Ireland, www.mtai.ie in February 2018. She is still very involved with the MTAI and adheres to its Standards for Good Practice.
Helen continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats and trainings led by world-renowned teachers including Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Weber and Melissa Blacker and has attended retreats lead by John Teasdale, Sharon Salzberg and Thich Nhat Hanh, among others. She recently participated in 2 year programme in Buddhist Psychology with the Bodhi College and continues her studies with them and other institutions.
Helen teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation.