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Welcome to Mindfulness Journey

Mindfulness Practice has been proven to help if you experience stress (work, family, financial), anxiety, apathy, bereavement, burn-out, depression, cancer, high blood pressure, fatigue, sleep disorder and pain.

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Donna Curtin MIAHIP,
Psychotherapist,
Limerick
Ireland.

tel: 087-2052701
 
Mon-Fri
9am-5pm

 

Psychotherapist in Limerick

"All the elements for your happiness are already here" Thich Nhat Hanh

About Donna Curtin

Donna Curtin, MIAHIP, Hi, I am an experienced psychotherapist with a busy private practice in my native Limerick, Ireland for 17 years now.

 I am a trained associate MBSR Teacher with the Centre for Mindfulness Ireland CFM Ireland.  I offer the world renowned eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) twice a year, usually Spring & Autumn in Limerick.  I also offer Mindfulness, Yoga, Walking & Healthy Eating Weekend Retreats with Maggie Crosse, my Yoga Teacher, which has been wonderful so far.   In a past life I worked as a Personal & Career Development Tutor & Mediator with the VEC.  I lectured for the University of Limerick & Limerick Institute of Technology in Counselling and Psychotherapy on the Post Graduate Guidance Counselling Degree Programme and facilitated Personal Development Groups on the Social Care Degree Programme.  Now I devote my time to private psychotherapy practice & facilitating mindfulness programmes, workshops & retreats. I am passionate about supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well-being and discovering the wisdom within. I discovered and continue to discover the life enhancing quality of practicing mindfulness in my ordinary day to day life.  It is truly transformational, healing and fosters a deep sense of well-being.  I feel so passionate about it that my career is devoted now to sharing it with others so that they too can discover for themselves the transformational, healing and joyful quality of life that can be experienced through these simple yet profound practices.  I couldn't think of a better way to earn my living!

I have been practicing meditation for almost twenty years and nurture my practice by attending mindfulness retreats annually.  I trained with Timothy Sweeney; Heart of Mindfulness;  as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor with Jon Kabat-Zinn of the Centre for Mindfulness, UMASS, U.S.A.  I attended retreats at the Sanctuary with Niamh Bruce, at Giaia House, Devon, UK with Brad Ricouer, with Eva Bruha at Kaylana Centre and with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli at CFM in Denmark and Florence De-Meleo Meyer and Carolyn West of CFM, UMASS .  Marjo Oosterhoff in Wicklow. Anne Twohig & Beth Mulligan of CFM, at Ennismore. My work is supervised by Anne Twohig at Centre for Mindfulness Ireland CFMI.

I can be contacted on 087-2052701 for consultations.  My therapy practice is situated in Annacotty, Co. Limerick. Check out the Events page for all the latest mindfulness courses, retreats and events on offer.

Other Interesting Projects

Limerick School Project Mindfulness Programme

The following were comments from some of the children involved...

“This is why I loved mindfulness, because it was a time in the day where I could relax, and because Donna was so friendly. It definitely helped me become more mindful”. Julia

“I liked mindfulness because we got to relax during the school day”. Ben

“I like mindfulness because of the glitter jar because it relaxes my mind”. Natalie

“It was very calming for me because when I fell and got hurt I was stressed. Thank you Donna”. Daniel

(click on the title for more info)

 

Kicking the Bucket

This radio documentary was aired on RTE in November 2016. The documentary was about a project on death, illness and dying (Kurt, my husband, and I contributed to it in a very personal way) it was the culmination of a ten week arts project which was seed funded by the Compassionate Community project run in conjunction with Milford Hospice in Limerick.  The project was lead by Sinead Dineen and Katie Verling.  (click on the title to hear the documentary or to learn more)


 

The Centre for Mindfulness Ireland works to maintain the highest of standards in the field of mindfulness in Ireland.

 

Jon Kabat-Zinn with Donna Curtin

Donna and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn,Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The Benefits of Mindfulness 

A growing body of research has examined the effects of mindfulness-based treatments with medical populations and settings. Mindfulness-based treatments have shown positive effects with a variety of medical disorders. In particular, mindfulness-based treatments have been associated with the reduction of stress . 

Medical conditions that have benefited from mindfulness include: Depression, Anxiety, Brain Injury, Cancer, Fatigue, Illness, Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS,  High Blood Pressure, MS, Obstetrics Gynecology, Organ Transplant, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sleep Disturbance,  Smoking, Stoma, Tinnitus.

 

"Mindfulness means Paying Attention in a Particular Way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally" J.Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness practices cultivate an increase in awareness, so that we can respond to situations with choice rather than react automatically. 

When we react automatically we can trigger old habits of thinking that are often unhelpful, and may lead to worsening a mood or to symptoms of stress. 

By becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, from moment to moment, we give ourselves the possibility of greater freedom and choice, rather than reacting automatically.  We do not have to go down the same old ‘mental rut’ that may have caused the problems for us in the past.

We do this by becoming more aware of where our attention is and deliberately changing the focus of attention over and over again.

To be able to make clear, positive, definitive choices in your life that will alleviate stress and allow for more ease in your life regular practice is required.

The more fully your intention and commitment, the deeper and more profound the changes and benefits will be for you. 

 

 

This weeks message...

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  – Viktor Frankl, Survivor,  Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

"Create a space for new ideas to arise"  

   Saki F. Santorelli with Donna Curtin 

Donna and Saki Santorelli at the Mind/Body Medicine Programme in Denmark 2014

Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D, MA, at the Mind/Body Medicine Programme in Denmark 2014.

(Associate Professor of Medicine, Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine,Health Care, and Society, and Director of the Stress Reduction Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Donna is a fully trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor with the Centre for Mindfulness.                    


Bibliography

Baer, R. A. (Ed.). (2006). Mindfulness-based treatment approaches: Clinician's guide to evidence base and applications. San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.

Germer, C. K., Siegel, R. D., & Fulton, P. R. (Eds.). (2005). Mindfulness and psychotherapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go there you are. New York: Hyperion.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2005). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness: Fifteenth anniversary edition. New York: Bantam Dell.

Mindfulness Meditation Benefits: 20 Reasons Why It's Good For Your Mental And Physical Health (Huffington Post).

 

Links

World's End Holistic Therapies Jane Griffin offers holistic treatments including reflexology, reiki and holistic massage from her beautiful treatment rooms overlooking the Shannon in Castleconnell.

Mindfulness Flash Cards from Niamh at Mome. These beautiful mindfulness flash cards for grown-ups provide constant reminders to live life as mindfully as possible.

 

             mindfulness in Limerick

 

Limerick Psychotherapy

Since 2002, Donna Curtin has a Private Psychotherapy Practice in Annacotty, County Limerick. She trained with Maggie Tierney & Tom Geary Gestalt Psychotherapists and Gerry Myers, Existential Psychotherapist at University of Limerick from 1999-2002.  She had previously completed her certificate in counselling and psychotherapy with Margaret Collins Smyth.

 

Donna offers caring assistance that can help you identify your problems and assist in finding the best ways to cope with them. She provides a confidential service to Adolescents, Adults & Couples.

Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to explore and share worries and fears in a confidential and non-judgmental setting.

Donna is an Accredited Professional Member of the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy; IAHIP since 2002. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy at University of Limerick (2002) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child Psychotherapy.

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Anyone seeking counselling or therapy can contact Donna directly for an appointment on 087-2052701.

 

Psychotherapy can be of great support in times of crisis or change

Mindfulness and psychotherapy

Situations that cause emotional distress, including, but not limited to:

  • Relationship difficulties (e.g. within families, partners, colleagues)
  • Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression
  • Bereavement - the death of a loved one/ Loss
  • Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
  • Stress related issues – Personal, Family, Financial, Work related
  • Personal Development issues and lack of support

 

Donna also offers one-to-one mindfulness training.

 

 

Donna’s experience includes Student Counselling at the University of Limerick.  Facilitation of Personal Development and Career Development Programmes for Family Resource Centres , Community Groups & Services.

Facilitation of Personal Development Groups at Limerick Institute of Technology on the Social Care Degree Programme and lectured on the Post Graduate Guidance Counselling Degree Programme at University of Limerick. She has co-facilitated the Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy at LSCP and has ran Mindfulness Workshops for LIT and the VEC Limerick.  She runs Mindfulness Programmes, Retreats and Workshops for companies and groups.

 

FOR AN APPOINTMENT

CONTACT DONNA ON 087-2052701

 

 

TESTIMONIALS FROM THE INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS PROGRAMMES 2015

Donna has a presence which is calming, reassuring and supportive.  I have found this course (8 Week Introduction to Mindfulness) very good to show me another way to live and just to be Anne. - April, 2015


Mindfulness is necessary for everybody, one is lost without it Teresa McS., April, 2015


"If you are depressed or angry mindfulness should help you cope and make you feel better" John H., April, 2015


A lovely starter kit for beginning on the road to a mindful way of living Karen, April, 2015


I found the eight week introduction to mindfulness programme a gentle and safe experience.  Donna is a very approachable mindfulness facilitator and I looked forward to every week as the content and practice was so accessible.  I have gained valuable life skills for myself, for daily living and in self awareness and I have learned the value in just being and in acceptance  Sylvia - April, 2015


"I have learned so much from this course and Donna is a very experienced gentle guide on the road to accepting the moment. I recommend this course highly". Declan, 6th June, 2015.


"Thanks to Donna and her mindfulness programme for the inner awakening and the realization that acceptance is the key". Elaine, 16th, June, 2015


."An excellent programme with many benefits and very elightening". Mary F., June, 2015.


"Stimulating as to how I view myself.  Healing in my thought patterns, loved the use of the words " be kind or kindly....". Linda McG, 16th, June 2015.


"Very easy way to Stop with great instruction from the tutor". - Mark N. - 16th, June, 2015

TESTIMONIALS: 8 WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAMME SEPT-NOV 2015

"It was a lovely journey for eight weeks, I have a new world to explore!", Marie Carew, 17th November '15

"A fantastic insightful method to help deal with life", Barry Conway, 17th November, 2015

"Some people say I'm lucky to be half way through my life, I don't really think that I have ever before been aware, as much as I am aware now (of my life). 'What life is all about, how simple, beautiful, it really is".  Deirdre O'Loughlin, 17th November, 2015

"This is a very interactive programme where I have learned from the experiences of others as well as from my own practicing".  Marion Boland, 17th November, 2015.

"Find a new dimension for your life".  Nora Murphy, 17th November, 2015.

"Donna was an excellent facilitator and provided a safe and warm environment to develop stress reduction and self awareness". Avril Manifold, 17th November, 2015.

"The beginning of a wonderful journey with a very kind and caring guide". Paddy Dolan, 17th November, 2015.

"Definitely the best 'move' I have made in my life!", Lorraine O'Mahoney, 17th November, 2015

"Each and every person would benefit from this programme.  The HSE should make it part of their health promotion in schools and hospitals".  Mary Connolly, 17th November, 2015

"An introduction to bringing mindfulness into everyday life, cultivating awareness, learning to respond rather than react - invaluable". Marie Liston, 17th November, 2015.

 

 

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme

September 25th - November 13th, 2018

(incl. Sunday November 4th at Glenstal Abbey 9am-4pm)

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned eight week stress reduction programme is for participants who want to take an active role in the management of their health and well-being.  The Programme includes:

  • Guided Instruction in Mindfulness Meditation
  • Gentle Mindful Movement Postures
  • Exercises promoting awareness in everyday life
  • Daily practices of mindfulness
  • Guided Mindfulness Recordings

Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm-9.30pm.  Includes one full day, Sunday November 4th at Glenstal Abbey 9am-4pm, with a delicious, nutritious lunch provided.

Dromroe Village Centre, Dromroe Village, University of Limerick. Cost: 380 euro

The Benefits of Mindfulness include:

Mindfulness Practices have been proven to help if you suffer from Stress (work,family,financial), Anxiety, Apathy, Bereavement, Burn-Out, Depression Cancer, High Blood Pressure,  Fatigue, Sleep Disorder, Pain.

 

One Day Silent Retreat - November 4th, 2018

Glenstal Abbey

Suitable only for those who have completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme.  Join the current MBSR group for this special day.  We will spend the day practicing mindful sitting, walking, lying down, stretching and eating.  Practicing continuous presence throughout the day in silence, enjoying nature and 'just being'.

A day to refresh, renew or deepen your mindfulness meditation practice.  Enjoy nutritious vegetarian food, in a beautiful peacful environment. Cost: 70 euro

 

Weekend Retreat - October 19th-21st October, 2018

Tig Roy, Glen of Aherlow, Galbally, Co. Limerick

Suitable for all, no experience necessary

Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Walking in the Glen, Finnish Sauna, Nutritious Vegetarian Food

Begins Friday at 5pm.  Gentle yoga,  evening meal, relaxation meditation before bed.  Saturday; morning meditation, gentle yoga, Roy's amazing breakfast, walk, delicious vegetarian lunch, free time, finnish sauna, evening meal, meditation.  Sunday; morning meditation, gentle yoga, breakfast, walk, closing cermony, lunch ; ends at 3pm on Sunday.  This is a weekend opportunity to take time to noursh your well-being and nurture yourself with like minded people.  A chance to enjoy nature, eat nourishing delicious vegetarian food, nourish, recharge and rest the mind, the body and the soul before the winter season begins.

Total Cost 320 euro includes instruction, food and shared accomodation.   Contact myself at mindfulnesslimerick@gmail.com or Maggie Crosse, experienced Yoga Instructor for an application form. http://www.maggieyoga.com Places are limited so it is advised to book early. 

 

Contact Donna at mindfulnesslimerick@gmail.com for further information and an application form to book your place on any of the above courses

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"The Now is inseparable from who you are at the deepest level" Ekhardt Tolle

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The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme Sept. 2018 
The Jon Kabat-Zinn world renowned eight week stress reduction programme will resume again on 25th September...
Venue: Dromroe Village Centre, University of Limerick
Dates: 2018-09-25 - 2018-11-13
Price: €380.00
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Mindfulness, Yoga, Walking & Healthy Eating Weekend Oct.2018 
Join Donna & Maggie Crosse, Yoga Teacher for a weekend at Tig Roy to relax, refresh and nourish the body...
Venue: Tig Roy, Galbally, Glen of Aherlow, Co. Limerick
Dates: 2018-10-19 - 2018-10-21
Price: €320.00
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One Day Silent Mindfulness Retreat. Sunday November 4th 2018 
Suitable only for those who have completed an MBSR Programme. A Day of Guided Mindfulness Meditation...
Dates: 2018-11-04 - 2018-11-04
Price: €70.00
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