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
Early Professional Life spanning 1981- present day
SRN, RM, Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist (CSP) with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado, Certified MBSR Teacher with the Institute for Mindfulness Approaches, Germany.
Anne trained as a General Nurse, specialising in the area of neuromedical/neurosurgical nursing, and then as a Midwife over 25 years ago. She has always been interested in the concept of Wellness and what that means for each person.
She has trained extensively in body-centred therapies: Swedish massage, Psychosocial Aromatherapy at LifeSpring Centre, Belfast, reflexology, nutrition and dietetics, yoga and also with the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies.
Anne began a personal meditation practice in 1981, and since then has deepened into Mindfulness based practises and also Japa Mantra meditation. She began practising Japa Mantra Meditation almost 14 years ago, deepening her practice with trips to India, specifically the Himalayas.
Anne has also completed the International Yoga Teacher Training with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta School in Austria, lectured and taught by Yoga Acharya Swami Sivasdasananda in Asanas and Philosophy, and the Bhagavid Gita taught by the scholar and International Arbitrator and lawyer, Dr Charles Poncet.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Boulder, Colorado: 2001 to present day
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 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.
Mindfulness Based Approaches: 2013 to present day
2013/2014: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR )
Anne has trained with the Institute for Mindfulness – Based Approaches (IMA), Germany, and teaches 8 week courses regularly at Ashe House and other venues.
2014-2015 Mindful Self Compassion (MSC)
She has completed Teacher Training with Dr Chris Germer and Dr Kristin Neff in) in Copenhagen, Kildare, and Shropshire, through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), Bangor University.
2014-2015: Furthermore, she has completed Teacher Training in Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) with Dr. Erik van den Brink and Fritz Koster through the IMA, Germany.
2015-2016 : Anne completed training with Dr Rick Hanson over a 2 year period in Germany in Positive Neuroplasticity (PNT). As a result of this training, Anne co-organised and co-hosted Rick’s first training of PNT in Ireland in June 2017. She is only one of two people currently endorsed by Dr Hanson to teach the Positive Neuroplasticity course in Ireland
February 2016: Anne completed Supervision Training in Mindfulness Based Approaches with Cindy Cooper (CMRP)
November 2016 : Mindfulness Based Self Compassion for Teens (MFY – Making Friends with Yourself) with Karen Bluth, University of North Carolina and Lorraine Hobbs, San Diego University , training held at Ashe House
2017-2019: Anne is currently undertaking a 2 year Mindfulness MeditationTeacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in Scotts Valley, California and Washington DC
Anne adheres to the Irish Good Practice Guidelines for teaching Mindfulness-Based courses developed by the Mindfulness Teachers Network Ireland in 2016. (See guidelines) Anne is committed to a daily personal mindfulness practice, participates in annual residential teacher-led mindfulness meditation retreats, has regular supervision and on-going Continuous Professional Development and training.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute® Trainers
Tony Buckley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Counselling and is a certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, an experienced teacher and supervisor. Tony has also earned a Certificate of Education, Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and a Certificate in Advanced Studies Supervision. He is the manager of the Counselling and Trauma Service for Transport for London (London Underground) which offers a time-limited trauma service. He is on the teaching faculty of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and is the chair of the UK Association of Sensorimotor Psychotherapists. Tony has over 20 years experience in the therapeutic field which includes private practice, managing a university counselling service and 12 years in the field of adolescent counselling.
Ame Cutler, PhD, holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a research emphasis in the fields of transgenerational trauma and oppression. Dr. Cutler is employed as a psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jadu Jagel, PsyD, PSY 23468. Her interest lies with the impact that the cycle of violence has on both victims of violent crimes and violent offenders, their families and communities. She is certified in the Hakomi Method and brings years of experience in a variety of body-oriented modalities to her work with individuals, couples, and groups. In working with those who suffer the aftermath of relational trauma, she combines interests in somatic practices, mindfulness, and indigenous wisdom to assist them in building a safer relationship with their own bodies.
Christina Dickinson, CAC II, is a founding trainer of SPI, a certified addictions counsellor, certified in Hakomi Therapy, and trained in Focused Expressive Psychotherapy. She has also trained in a wide variety of treatment modalities including EMDR, Pia Mellody’s model at The Meadows, Relational Life Therapy (couples work), and hospice. Christina teaches internationally on the subjects of trauma and addiction and maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. Christina has taught at SBGI at Esalen, Naropa University, and teaches internationally for SPI.
Raphaël Gazon has a Masters degree in Psychology and in Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He is a certified practitioner in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and has trained in various treatment modalities in the field of psychological trauma and personality disorders. He has more than 15 years of clinical practice in various settings including university, day care psychiatry, drug addiction unit, home consultation service and private practice. Currently he is the Director of an emotional disorders specialized Psychotherapy Centre. He offers individual and group therapy for patients with severe personality disorders and complex trauma. He is an experienced supervisor and lecturer in the field of psychological trauma, attachment disorders and borderline personality disorder.
Esther Perez, MA, LMFT obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from UCLA, an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, CA, and has a background in dance and movement. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and in Sandplay therapy. She has specialized in working with neglected, traumatized, and severely emotionally disturbed children and their families. Esther has been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, and has often presented at various clinics in Los Angeles, CA on child mental health issues and therapeutic modalities. She recently moved to Malaga, Spain, where she is providing services to adolescents and young adults dealing with eating disorders. She also teaches Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® internationally.
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.