“the most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. ”

Thich Nhat Hanh


This workshop will cover how connecting with the present moment can put you in a powerful position to respond effectively to life’s uncertainties and shifts. This can be particularly helpful during the festive season when there is a strong drive towards consuming and comparing.

We have been gifted with extraordinary minds which keep us safe in life, constantly working out the world around us to protect us. However, particularly during stressful times, many of us can fall into the trap of clinging rigidly to the stories our minds tell us to keep us safe.

In this workshop you will learn how to use mindfulness-based skills to unhook from unhelpful and limiting stories, and to find space in the present moment to take action towards what’s important to you.


  • Date: 7 December 2016 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 6 – 7:30pm
  • Venue: PSI HQ Floor 2, Grantham House, Grantham St. Dublin 8


This is a consultation group for those wishing to apply ACT in their professional capacity. It is suitable for psychologists, psychotherapists, coaches, psychiatrists, GPs, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and teachers.

The consultation focus will be shaped by those in attendance and their individual needs. This may include role play, case conceptualisation or didactic components.



  • Date: 7 December 2016 (Wednesday)
  • Case Consultation: 7:45-9pm
  • Venue: PSI HQ Floor 2, Grantham House, Grantham St. Dublin 8

Aisling Ann Curtin and Trish Leonard

Organiser of The Gift of the Present (Workshop Only)

Aisling Curtin, a Counselling Psychologist and ACT Expert, is extremely passionate and enthusiastic in her quest to bring Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness out to anyone and everyone who will listen and benefit.  Her aim is to make key mindfulness and acceptance concepts readily accessible and applicable to people by bringing authenticity, humour and personal experience.  She has experience working across a variety of settings including psychiatry, psycho-oncology, community, public and educational settings.  She has made a hobby of giving public and professional ACT and mindfulness workshops whenever she travels abroad including a number of workshops at Harvard Medical School.  Aisling is the President of the International Getting ACT out to the Public Special Interest Group and she enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.  She has published both nationally and internationally on the topics of ACT and Mindfulness.  Aisling is editor of Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities, due for release in 2016 with New Harbinger Publications.

Trish is a Counselling Psychologist.  She has experience working across a range of settings including primary care, hospital and educational settings.  Her passion is delivering high quality evidence-based practice to underserved populations.  She is a published author internationally in ACT.


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