mindfulness, psychotherapy, counselling

Current Mindfulness Classes/Talks

Dr Trish Quinlivan

This year I will be running mindfulness/meditation sessions intermittently throughout the year. Dates will be advised on this website and my facebook page.Each talk will run for 2 hours and will include discussion on certain topics as well as meditations. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions

Dates;First Talk is on Sunday 11 February Topic; TRUSTING YOURSELF

Dates; for the rest of this year ( these may be subject to change so recheck website)

Sunday 13/5/18  Topic Relationships this includes all relationships intimate, parent child,siblings, friendships or work relationships.

Sunday 22/7/18  Topic  Moving from Fear to Love

Sunday 18/11/18  Topic  Presence how to maintain it in our daily lives.

Time; each session runs on a Sunday from 3pm until 5pm.

Location: A Hall located on the corner of Lombardy street and Elmwood Avenue Woodlands. Easy parking and toilet facilities available.

Cost:Standard $30 or $25 for students/pensioners

Payment is by Internet transfer before the course or cash payment on the day.

All ages are welcome from 18 upward.

Bookings are essential.

Please get in touch or ring 0419 896 373

Mindfulness Classes

In my early life I experienced periods of stress, anxiety and insomnia.Also a short period of depression. Every single one of those experiences was really a wonderful opportunity to grow.For many years now I have felt very well and deeply at peace. Something that is growing all the time.

I aim to live life in a centered way and love is very present.In meditation and at other times I often access that space which Eckhart Tolle would call emptiness, at the center of which is love.My relationships are evolving in very wholesome ways.

I can teach you how to heal your life because I have healed my own. Healing requires two things.

  1. The first is a willingness to work on presence, living more in the now and accessing that deeper wiser space which is in all of us.Living more in this space can help us to heal our lives.
  2. The second is honesty with ourselves. There is a saying that “truth hurts”. Sometimes it is challenging to face things in ourselves that are difficult. However when we learn to do that with loving acceptance we can heal. Once we acknowledge our issues we can move beyond them and the rewards are immense.

I have over 27 years of experience in dealing with people both in General Practice and in Mental Health. I have a deep understanding, from my own life and from witnessing the lives of others, on what is required for healing. I can teach you how to heal.

Our suffering is often caused by unhelpful patterns of behavior. As we learn to acknowledge these we can move beyond them. Some common patterns are listed below.

  • Having more balanced expectations of ourselves letting go of self judgment and criticism.
  • Learning to see challenges as an opportunity rather than as obstacles, in others words accepting rather than resisting those things we can’t change in our lives.
  • Acknowledging and accepting our emotions rather than burying them, so that they do not come out on those around us and don’t create unhelpful patterns of behavior.
  • Honoring our core self truly rather than pleasing others for approval.
  • Not exhausting ourselves by thinking we have to rescue or fix others, it’s beautiful to love others but not to feel we have to carry them.
  • Listening to our bodies symptoms as a learning opportunity.
  • Allowing vulnerability instead of defense so that we create more love in our lives.
  • Being willing to face fear slowly in small steps so we don’t withdraw from life.

It is never that life is responsible for our suffering we are. If we learn to take responsibility and make changes we will heal, no one is going to come and rescue us. Many people prefer to just sit and hope that things will get better. The truth is we won’t get better until we heal ourselves, it is up to us.

I will discuss awareness or consciousness so spirituality is mentioned.However there is no religion attached to this. If you are non spiritual that will not be a concern. The classes will still be very beneficial as they address in a  practical way how to become more centered and how to heal your life.


Testimonials for Mindfulness Classes

( Names have been adjusted to preserve privacy)

” I believe being able to meditate has helped me keep myself in a positive frame of mind….I cannot thank you enough for the strength of mind I believe I have gained.”   Sally

” I really think it’s good coming to the course and just learning to be present in the moment. Our minds are like a race track most of the time…learning to put the brakes on is great” Susan

” I signed up to the mindfulness course not really knowing what to expect. I learned to listen to my body and become aware of my thoughts…I gained skills to overcome obstacles in my life by being present. With mindfulness and meditation I can truly face myself and start to heal. Trish has a wonderful warm energy that she brings to each session….Her presence fills the room which brings a beautiful stillness to your mind and body. ” Margaret

“Just a quick note to say how incredibly incredible the course has been-the impact on the direction my life has taken has been just huge. I spent the whole first week crying, then I started looking in…and now I am building trust with the real me-not someone I have dared to declare until this week.”

“I am living so much more within my own vulnerability when I can access it.I am noticing how incredibly important vulnerability is. I had an evening out recently, and I was reluctant to go as it was an occasion I usually find dull. Turns out, when I go somewhere with an opened heart and can actually just be myself (such a scary thing for me)I have a wonderful time. So it occurred to me that in fact I am the one dulled by my own ‘interesting’ (not actually interesting at all) mask. It is so humbling learning this, even though I already knew it deep inside. Thank you for your gentle teaching. I know it must be hard for you to do because I know that in order to teach it you have to be it yourself. ”  Sophie

“I greatly valued:

  • getting an understanding of mindfulness and how it can be applied in everyday life;
  • having a space to come and just ‘be’; and
  • having the opportunity to see that I wasn’t alone in many of the things I was feeling and experiencing.

The compassionate and open way the course was facilitated provided many valuable ‘aha’ moments,that have enabled me to come back and make positive and lasting changes in my life.As a result of mindfulness, the world is not so overwhelming and I feel better more often- I have time to stop and really appreciate the many lovely moments in my life.” Lisa

“Trish not only helps to educate participants on how to engage with the present moment, but also really helps you to understand what is standing in your way. Now I have an understanding of presence and ego, I am being more conscious of allowing myself to be vulnerable and authentic.”   Kiara

“I felt very welcome at the course. Everyone who attended was very friendly, grounded and seemed to be like minded souls. I am sure everybody took away valuable lessons and experience. I would love to attend another course in the future.” Steven

” I gained considerable benefit from attending the mindfulness course with you. Of particular interest was the teaching around being a people carrier. Also the emphasis on not resisting and allowing what is to be. The discussion on vulnerability made me much more aware of the need to be open and to keep working on it. This course would benefit many people interested in understanding themselves more.” Neil

” I have been able to unravel previous triggers of anxiety, to deal with unresolved feelings and to learn to accept what is.All of our wishing things were different never changes the circumstances it only causes us to live in limbo, resisting creates more pain.The sooner we accept things we can’t change the sooner we move past them, no matter how awful the circumstances are. Trish has a calm and accepting presence, within which I have felt safe to express my opinions. She has occasionally asked me hard and unexpected questions that have required honest consideration.Sometimes a journey like this can bring you to moments you don’t feel comfortable, but those moments are where the breakthroughs occur. This only happens if we are brave enough to explore the possibilities.” Sarah