ABOUT

Welcome! continue reading to learn more about Beth as well as some of what's inspired & informed her work over the last 3 decades. We begin by looking at her academic background, professional training & experience followed by her relevant personal experience & perspective.


''How we experience life depends entirely on how we experience ourselves. Our intimate relationships, firstly with ourselves & then others, are the crucible in which all other aspects of our lives are both seen & spring from.

When we feel powerful, strong & self-determining in relation to our sexuality, this translates itself to empowered relationships with others, therefore supporting strong communities & a way of being in the world that is deeper in rich & satisfying relationship with everything rather than feeling separate & disconnected.

Our ancient ancestors from the Celtic world to Egypt, from China through to India, the Americas & many other parts of the world knew this & built temples, created rituals & practices to cultivate, honour & celebrate this aspect of who we are, not as something separate from the rest of our lives nor something shameful, but sexuality as something foundational to our humanity & woven into, & indeed powering, the very fabric of life itself.'' 


Academic Education,
Professional Training & Experience
Beth's field of professional expertise is extensive including graduate studies in Applied Psychology from University College Cork & postgraduate professional certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a form of psychotherapyfrom Manchester University, as well as some postgraduate explorations in Forensic & Criminal Psychology focusing on the treatment of those engaging in sexual offending behaviours.

In 2015 Beth undertook some postgraduate study through the School of Management at Yale University & adds to that many qualifications in several forms of counselling, Personal & Community Development, Training & Group Facilitation as well as a 30 year professional work history on the ground, at senior management level & in self employed consultancy mostly with non-profit social justice agencies in Ireland, the UK & Canada as well as several European countries.

The field of sex & sexuality is where Beth has gained & shared experience with organisations such as the Belfast Rape Crisis, HIV Ireland for almost a decade as its' Education Officer and currently a company member for over 25 years, the Irish Family Planning Association as a consultant on both community & professional training programmes & many more.

Beth also adds to this experience with time spent as a consultant to, & in various forms of partnership with, the corporate, governmental, university & community development sectors, including; the HSE (Irish Government Health Services Agency), several Dublin Drugs Task Forces, the Irish Hospice Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, UCD, UCC & many more. Beth was an active member, from 1998 to 2000, of the representative committee tasked with the establishment of the Irish Equality Authority, now known as the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission.

Beth has enjoyed working with many diverse communities & issues, including but not limited to:

Reconciliation & conflict resolution, including 2 years cross community youth & community work in Northern Ireland
Sexual Assault Counselling with Belfast Rape Crisis Centre
Addiction
Social Inclusion in relation to many communities, particularly the LGBT & Irish Traveller communities
Sexual Offending
The treatment of personality disorders
Personal & Community Development
Training Trainers & Group Facilitation
Sexual Health & Reproductive Rights in several contexts
Dying, Death & Bereavement, including holding Death Caf├ęs
Teaching & Training in many formal and informal settings from small community groups over a period of years to lecturing 1000s in postgraduate university environments, including the William Stokes Postgraduate Centre.


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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an essential part of any professional practitioner's working life & Beth aims to complete, on average, 3-4 full days CPD per year.

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Listed in GCN in 2001 as one of Ireland's top 40 influential LGBT people Beth has a long, and not always loud nor public, history of voluntary activism & professional work in Ireland that has had social justice & equality at it's core. Notably, Beth served as Chairperson of LOT (Lesbians Organising Together) in the late 1990s. LOT was, & remains to this day, Ireland's only national organisation dedicated to the service of the country's lesbian & bisexual women's communities; at it's height, during the time Beth was Chairperson, it employed a staff of 9 & received very significant European, Irish state & other funding. Beth was also the first woman in Ireland to 'come out' in the mainstream media, on national TV, as bisexual.

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 Beth is Founder & Director of Bliss Festival, a non-profit project in Ireland that created events promoting ''Sexual Freedom, Health & Pleasure in Mind, Body & Spirit' between 2012 & 2015.

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The Irish Festival of Erotic Art is another of her passions & projects, it is an international multi-media, multi-venue celebration & exploration of Erotic Art due to take place in Dublin, September 19th to 22nd 2019.

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In addition to other interests & achievements Beth is also a twice published author of erotic fiction in Ireland & Canada, has been published in several media outlets on themes of sex, sexuality & adult relationship, has been a TEDx speaker, & is currently an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post while also working on two collections of poetry & short stories as well as a collection of online courses.

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Location
Beth is available to clients internationally online via video conferencing platforms such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Messenger & Skype.

Usually based in West Cork on Ireland's stunningly beautiful south west Atlantic coast Beth also travels on a regular basis around Ireland as well as other parts of the world, visit the Events page to learn about any upcoming travel.

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Personal Story
Beth's story is similar to 10s of 1000s of women who grew up in Ireland in the 1970s & '80s. It was a time of great oppression & repression in relation to sexuality by church, state & society, while also being a time when the fight for individual freedoms in relation to these parts of our lives was gaining strength & momentum; a fight Beth would join in her teens in the late 1980s.

Born at the tail end of the 1960s in a Mother & Baby institution to an unmarried mother Beth lived in an orphanage for a time & was later adopted as a small child, unfortunately this was to a family in which she was subsequently sexually abused. These experiences & this start in life shaped some of Beth's perspective on Ireland in relation to how it treated & discussed sex & sexuality, as well as how oppressing & repressing sexuality impacts upon us as individual human beings, on our relationships with others & on us collectively as communities & countries & our relationship with life as a whole.

''When a person's sexuality is controlled & shamed their very life-force is diminished; Ireland has a long history of attempting to control the sexual expression of it's people, this is not just by the state on behalf of the churches but also by the people of each other; this is something we are navigating right now in a period of great change in Ireland, & in many parts of the world. 

It's crucial that when we seek to have a healthy attitude towards sex & adult relationships that we not only focus on the individual, but also the families, communities & nation in which that individual lives. Otherwise it is not a holistic approach & the individual will struggle to swim against the stream of those around them when it's the stream we should seek to change too so that it supports people to be fully & freely themselves, to engage in the consensually pleasurable adult relationships of their choosing.''


Beth went on in adulthood to a lifelong interest in, passion for & career learning & teaching about adult human sexuality & intimate relationship. An Applied Psychology graduate & psychotherapist, she draws both on a deep well of personal experience combined with 30 years of professional training, academic study & professional practice in the field of personal & community development & relationships, with a strong focus on sexuality.


''I am in a unique position not just in Ireland but in the world in that my personal life has been deeply impacted by the effects of what happens when sexuality is attempted to be controlled, when it's abused & used against people. I have paid a high price for that learning, but, it has also been invaluable in terms of the wealth of information it gives me, that together with a robust academic education & professional training, informs my work.


I am cognisant, too, that a responsibility comes with that to not project my own experience onto others, to be transparent about my own motivations & to use my own life experience together with professional expertise to leverage a positive outcome for as many people as possible, individually & collectively.''

Spiritual Seeking
In her personal journeying Beth began conscious & active ‘’spiritual seeking’’ from the age of 14, deeply & extensively exploring paths such as Christianity - particularly feminist & liberation theology, Wicca, Judaism & Kabbalah, as well as the native Irish paths, though she has also received, without asking, initiations from both Peruvian & Siberian indigenous Shamanic practitioners.

Her most comfortable spiritual home was found at the age of 23 in Tibetan, specifically Tantric or Vajrayana, Buddhism, where she studied with many Tibetan & western teachers including Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, with whom she took vows, Sogyal Rinpoche.

In more recent years Beth has explored the Hindu traditions, particularly Advaita Vedanta & both Hindu Tantric paths, particularly the lineage of Swami Satchindananda, and dipped her toes, briefly, into neo or western tantra, following on from Osho.

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After decades of searching both outside herself & her own land of Ireland, Beth comes home more each day to the deep richness of that which is to be found in the history, myth & story of Ireland & is turning her attention to relearning, remembering & reviving the unique Gaelic cosmology, including deep connection & relationship between land & body that our history & culture provides & supports.



Last updated: 29/10/18