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 supoort. 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 for several years in the community and voluntary sector, including holding a project manager post for people in recovery from addiction and Acting Centre Director in an ICTU Centre for the Unemployed in Finglas, and working in second chance education with the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed (INOU).
She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1997 and teaching them since 2004. Helen has been a senior lecturer on the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-based Interventions since it started in UCD in September 2014.
In addition to her Masters studies at Bangor University, Helen has completed all trainings with senior teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Melissa Blacker, Florence Meleo Meyer and Saki Santorelli, 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 continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats and trainings led by world-renowned teachers including Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Marc Weber and Melissa Blacker and has also attended retreats lead by John Teasdale, Sharon Salzberg and Thich Naht Hanh, among others. She recently participated in a 14-month course in Buddhist Psychology with Gaia House and continues her studies with the Bodhi College.
Helen teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction / Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation.