I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Mindfulness teacher based in Cork. I specialise in supporting people who are experiencing a variety of life challenges such as stress, anxiety and depression through CBT psychotherapy and Mindfulness-Based approaches. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT and I am trained Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
In particular, I have a special interest in ‘third wave’ CBT therapy which integrates mindfulness, self-compassion and acceptance-based approaches. I find approaches integrating CBT and Mindfulness to be extremely beneficial to my clients. They see significant improvements in their overall wellbeing and resilience to daily life challenges. It helps them to build the confidence and enthusiasm to live life in a way that truly matters to them. These include approaches such a Compassion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
I am also a social care professional with twenty years experience working extensively with both adults and adolescents with complex mental health needs, social, behavioural and emotional difficulties. I have experience as both a manager and team leader in child protection services and I have comprehensive experience in the assessment risk, need and case management of vulnerable clients. In addition, I currently work with adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD/Asperger Syndrome). I have enjoyed learning how to bring Mindfulness and CBT skills to the unique lived experiences of individuals on the spectrum. In particular, I specialise in supporting people with ASD who have received a ‘late diagnosis’ in adulthood. It can be especially challenging for someone who has not received support in childhood or adolescence, and it can often involve additional mental health difficulties.
Mindfulness meditation is a way of life for me and I have committed fully to this process for over fifteen years. As a result, I have benefited enormously in terms of my own personal wellbeing, acceptance, healing and peace. Meditation is the lens through which I experience the world. It is how I have learned to navigate my own life challenges and it gives me the courage and confidence to live wholeheartedly in the present moment. It is important to me that I am continuously working on my own inner journey through mindfulness and self-compassion, so I can be of benefit to others who are embarking on their own journey.
Over the years, I have participated in many intensive silent retreats both in Ireland and abroad and I have studied with many inspiring teachers who have supported me on my path. I have participated in many Buddhist meditation retreats and study in Northern India and Nepal and this has supported me to significantly deepen in my own personal meditation journey. In particular, I practice a mindfulness-based practice known as loving kindness and I consider the cultivation of self-compassion and friendliness towards myself to be the foundation of inner wellbeing. This resonates in my approach to teaching mindfulness. I am also a fully qualified yoga teacher who has studied intensively with many reputable yoga teachers in India and at home. I am especially interested in mindful yoga/movement, breath and meditation which is related to more traditional Indian Hatha yoga practices.
“I can only say, I enjoyed every minute. Shirine is, in my opinion, the channel which enabled me to become mindful and experience the joy of it.” -Gillian
“Thanks so much Shirine. It has been an amazing 8 weeks. I am more relaxed and calm and better equipped to deal my busy life as a mom, manager and wife. My children now have my full attention in the evenings, we have much more fun at home now. I am able to switch gears between work and home” –Karen
“Shirine was born to do this job. Her sincerity, warmth and authenticity shine through. She went out of her way to help me with my particular challenge (recovery from chronic pain). I couldn’t recommend her higher” – Elaine
“It has transformed my life and how I live my life. Not in a way that others (except maybe those closest to me) would notice, but it is has fundamentally changed how I live my life – and hopefully will continue to live my life.”
“I found Shirine to be a wonderful teacher. Shirine is very softly spoken and has a gentle presence that lends itself perfectly to the subject of mindfulness” – Dee
“ I enjoyed the course thoroughly. Coming here on a Monday night was like a refuge from the busyness that is life. The two and a half hours always flew and I left each week feeling at peace with myself. The other students were also lovely and from all walks of life”
“I have just completed an 8’week mindfulness course with Shirine . Simply put, it has started me on my recovery from a racing mind which was affecting my life negatively . I now have the knowledge and skills to live a more peaceful and happier life . I feel really lucky to have made contact and started the course . As an added bonus it has improved my breathing when exercising. I highly recommend this course and wish anyone doing it the best of luck” – Stephen
“Shirine, you have a gift, a great voice and you manage your state so well in the classes. Mindfulness is a journey and it is good to have a role model to see. It adds credibility and trust to what is new” – Karen
“I have completed a one to one mindfulness course with Shirine this summer. My life was being taken over by anxiety/panic attacks and I had to do something about this. Shirine turned my life around through mindfulness. I now go about my daily routine panic free. Mindfulness has become a part of my life and benefits me greatly.” – M.
“This course taught me that problems can be dealt with in a less stressful way” – Margaret
“The course has been very important to me. It came along at a time in my life when I needed it most. I have gained a new awareness of time and how I use it. I am a calmer, happier person.” – Gillian
“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to do this course. After practicing meditation for about ten years I found this course very beneficial in moving forward on my journey” -Jean