The following comprehensive list is comprised of on-going, regular, and visiting facilitators to Ashe House:
Owner/Manager of Ashe House ,Centre for MindBody Integration
Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (CSP) with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado
Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, awarded by The Awareness Training Institute with the Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley, University of California
Certified MBSR Teacher with the Institute for Mindfulness Approaches, Germany
Part-time lecturer in Stress Response in Dublin Business School
Anne trained as a General Nurse, specialising in the area of neuromedical/neurosurgical nursing, and then as a Midwife over 30 years ago.
With a concrete background and passionate interest in neuroscience, neurobiology and psychology, it was a natural progression to training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy- a body centred psychotherapy grounded in somatic psychology and neuroscientific research.
Anne is qualified as an Advanced Practitioner (Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist) by the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI), Boulder, Colorado, and is the sole Organiser and representative in Ireland for all adjunct Professional Trainings both in Traumatic Trauma and Developmental Trauma offered by the Institute at Ashe House. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® draws from somatic therapies, neuroscience, attachment theory, and cognitive approaches, as well as from the Hakomi Method, all underpinned by Mindfulness.
Anne began her personal meditation practice in 1981- since then she has trained in and regularly delivers the following programmes to the public at Ashe House, as well as in corporate and healthcare settings:
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)
Positive Neuroplasticity (PNT)
Nationwide Introductory Presentation workshops in Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute® Trainers
Jennifer Gardner, MSW, LICSW, CST, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MA; LCSW; 1030466) with 25 years’ experience working with children and individuals in diverse settings including settings including healthcare, community mental health, early intervention and private practice. Since 2005, she has held a private practice in Reading, MA, providing psychotherapy to couples and adults using a variety of modalities including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR and psychodynamic intervention. She is Certified in Early Intervention in MA, holds an MSW from Salem State University, and a Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist . Since her Certification as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist in 2016, she has supported students toward certification in New York, Boston, and Dublin. Her interests include attachment, sex therapy, and relationships including couples and caregivers. Jennifer trains and provides consultation internationally for SPI and is co-developing a course in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for working with couples.
Esther Perez, MA, LMFT (CA; LMFT; 48330) obtained an M.A in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, CA. As a bilingual Senior Trainer for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Esther currently teaches across Europe. As a consummate learner-teacher, Esther has committed herself to deeply integrating a number of modalities supported in the emerging research on neuroscience and attachment. Embodying the spirit of Unity, one of the core foundations of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Esther studies how Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® intersects with EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and Mentalization Based Treatment. Esther uses her learning to inform her work with adults, adopted children and adolescents with attachment related issues, complex trauma and dissociation in her private practice in Malaga, Spain in addition to consulting with graduates of various levels from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® trainings.
Gráinne O'Connor C.H.T., NAPCP
Grainne trained with PCI College in 1996 and is a registered Psychotherapist with the NAPCP. She went on to train in the body centred “ Hakomi Method”, first developed by Ron Kurtz, USA and is certified in this model. Grainne was so inspired by this work that she introduced Sensorimotor Psychotherapy into Europe, with Ireland holding the first training with Dr Pat Ogden as tutor( founder and Director of the Sensorimotor Institute (SPI ) , Colorado and successfully ran trainings with SPI for over 14 years. She is a Certified Practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and also gives Supervision to therapists and students trained in this method. Grainne also trained in” Spiritual Psychotherapeutics “ with Peter and Elizabeth Gill from the Waymark Centre (Part of the White Lodge Centre, London).
5 Rhythms Dance Movement, Open Floor, Embodied Presence, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute Level 1and Level 2 Trained. www.embodiedbrain.ie
Based in Connemara, Co. Galway and delivering workshops at Ashe House and throughout Ireland and abroad, Caitríona Nic Ghiollaphádraig has been practicing the 5 Rhythms movement practice of Gabrielle Roth for over twenty years. In the early days of her dance experience, Caitríona worked closely with Gabrielle Roth and the Moving Centre core faculty in California before completing her 5 Rhythms Training with Gabrielle in 1997, thus becoming the first accredited 5 Rhythms Teacher in Ireland.
Caitríona is a natural born teacher and spent many years imparting her knowledge and wisdom to students before every studying the 5 Rhythms. She is passionate about integrating the paradigms and practices of modern neuroscience, mindfulness and the Buddhist-based teachings of Pema Chodron into her workshops and classes and witnessing how participants use these varied teachings alongside the physical dance to transform and ameliorate their lives.
Caitríona is a much respected and well-liked teacher who holds a very safe space, injected with a gentle compassion and great humour, that reassures and helps to anchor workshop participants. She skilfully applies an embodied approach to steadying the mind, opening the heart and meeting life’s challenges with resilience, grace and courage. In 2007 Caitríona completed her advanced teacher training in the emotional side of the 5 Rhythms and now regularly delivers on-going groups in both Connemara and Dublin called ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Shadow & Light’, and ongoing courses in ‘Embodied Presence’.
The practice of yoga, simply put, allows us to be in control of our own health and wellbeing.
My mission as a yoga instructor is to give people the tools they need to keep themselves healthy in body, mind and spirit. I strive to challenge my students physically, but always within the limits of their bodies; and to help them experience the stillness within yoga asanas, that they can begin to bring into their daily lives.
As much as possible, I allow individual attention during classes, helping with good posture and alignment and bringing student’s awareness to the subtleties of their bodies.
I bring focus to pranayama, the subtle practice of breath control, throughout. Yoga Nidra, or meditation is of the utmost importance within my classes. The practice of Yoga has been developed to prepare the body perfectly for meditation, leaving it in a state of complete relaxation, and allowing the perfect flow of energy or prana through the body.
I encourage students to bring their practice home with them, to their own private space, allowing them to experience acceptance and stillness of emotions on their own, which brings empowerment beyond compare and, of course, all the health benefits which accompany it.
Yoga is the perfect complement to the therapies which I practice, ( Bio-energy and reflexology), allowing people to control and balance their own energies daily, and in so doing, bringing health and balance to body, mind and spirit and allowing that balance to naturally and beautifully spill over into their daily lives.
Fionnuala Gill holds an honors degree in Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA in Vocal Performance from the RSAMD in Glasgow. Having worked as a professional musician (singer and harper) for over twenty years she completed her mindfulness teacher training with the Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches (IMA, Germany) in 2010 and has been teaching eight week mindfulness courses in different settings on a regular basis since – both MBSR and MBSR/MBCT.
Fionnuala is a qualified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and is currently completing the Teacher Training Pathway with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in Bangor, Wales. She has completed the CMRP Supervision training and is a member of the Mindfulness Peer Supervision Group in the UK. She is passionate about the role that supervision plays in the development and nurturing of good teaching practice. Fionnuala adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the Irish Network of Mindfulness Teachers, thus receiving regular supervision while teaching and attending retreats and further mindfulness trainings each year.