Helen Byrne M.A. Mindfulness-based Approaches, H.Dip.Ed., Post-Grad. Dip.Psych., member PSI, has a background in education, psychology, family therapy and the community and voluntary sector. She qualified as a Systemic and Family Therapist with The Clanwilliam Institute in 1996. In addition to achieving the Masters in Mindfulness Based Approaches from Bangor University, Helen completed all trainings and supervision with senior teachers at the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center (where MBSR was founded in 1979), including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Melissa Blacker, Florence Meleo Meyer and Pam Erdmann.
She trained in supervising mindfulness teachers with Bangor University and has been offering this service since 2014. Helen also trained in delivering Mindfulness and Self Compassion with Christopher Germer and Kristen Neff in 2015. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1997 and teaching them since 2004.
Helen and Josephine Lynch founded and direct The Mindfulness & Compassion Centre in Dublin, which runs 8-week MBSR, MBCT and Self Compassion courses, introductory courses and workshops, retreats, and an 18 month professional teacher training in MBSR/MBCT. She is part of the team which set up the M.Sc. in Mindfulness-Based Interventions in UCD in 2014 and continues to lecture on that course.
Helen continues to develop her practice with regular attendance at retreats and trainings led by world-renowned teachers including senior faculty of The Bodhi College: Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Marc Weber, Christoph Kočk, Jaya Rudgard, and Martine and Stephen Batchelor. She has attended retreats lead by John Teasdale, Sharon Salzberg, Thich Nhat Hanh and Melissa Blacker among others. She is recently completed her second 2-year in-depth programme in Buddhist Psychology with the Bodhi College.