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About Darren Maguire

Darren Maguire is Managing Director of Life Change Health Institute Ltd. Darren is a practicing and accredited psychotherapist with Irish Group psychotherapy Society, a Daka (Tantric guide) at The Institute of Embodied Tantra & Somatic Sexology, Dance facilitator at Conscious Dance & Ecstatic Movement School, Teacher at the Institute of Conscious Parenting Ireland and a Raw Food Chef & Coach. Darren Runs a number of workshops, events and courses Including The Courage To Love Tantra workshop, The Art of Tantra, The 7 Day Life Change Program, Radical Aliveness advanced group psychotherapy, Sexual trauma recovery group, Conscious Parenting Classes and The 12 week professional certified raw chef training course called Raw Food Mastery. Darren is founder and creator of the Raw Vegan Organic Brands Liquified and Beutified. Liquified is a Medicinal Juice, Tonic & Elixir bar which will be opening in 2015. Liquified will be Irelands first certified organic juice bar serving a range of herbal juices, tonics, elixirs, probiotics, raw chocolate, raw snacks and vegan cheeses. Beautified is a Raw Vegan Organic & edible range of skin care products and cosmetics based on the Ayurveda principle, “ if you can not eat it then why put it on your skin”. Darren has been a practitioner and facilitator of personal growth and self-transformation, in both his personal and professional life for over 25 years. Darren has over a 15 years of clinical research on neurobiology, psychology, psychotherapy, sexual trauma & abuse, attachment research, Tantra & Sexology, neuroscience and has spent over 20 years with a passion for nutrition. Darren’s’ passion for nutrition motivated him to open his first gourmet food restaurant in Dublin City when he was just 24 and his second restaurant two years later. Health and nutrition were a major part of Darren’s success in these restaurants. Both restaurants were fine dining with a focus on diabetic friendly sugar free, and gluten free meals including tasty gourmet vegan options. In 2009 Darren left his restaurant career to focus and develop upon the residential work at Hippocrates Europe Health Institute where Darren and his team would run a world unique and holistic program for people suffering with illness and addictions. Darren is a Rutland Centre Trained group facilitator, holds a degree in Psychology, and certified in suicide intervention and Connection parenting. Darren and has an extensive field experience in Dynamic (PT) PsychoSocialSomatic Therapy, Drug addiction recovery, Sex Addiction recovery, Sexual Trauma work, Tantra & Sexuality, Work addiction and working with Violent offenders. Darren currently facilitates advanced psychodynamic group analysis specializing in transference and countertransference enactment work, rewiring patterns of neuronal activity through interpersonal communication in the here and now. Darren spent many years researching and practicing NLP and CBT techniques including a mass of work with world-renowned personal empowerment coach Anthony Robbins. Darren has been trained in numerous other techniques, such as, Emotional Release, Co-dependency recovery, Psychodrama, Active Listening and Non-directive Therapy. His work reflects over 25 years of self-inquiry and radiates a heart-felt, compassionate, deep understanding of personality and essence. Darren also incorporates into his work his wealth of knowledge in nutritional science, interpersonal neurobiology, Conscious dance, psychoneuroimmunology, Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Core energetics, Tantric sexuality and non violent communication to accommodate his unique holistic & nondirective approach to personal well being. Darren draws on his own experiences of healing and awakening as well as over a decade of integrative study, practice and teaching of transformational psychotherapies, Mindfulness, life coaching, health & nutrition and facilitating groups and workshops to become a skillful guide interweaving many paths of compassionate and conscious connection. Darren’s work is also influenced by is love and passion for trauma recovery work, psychoanalysis, NeuroPsychoanalysis and attachment theory. Darren is also under regular Clinical supervision and also participates in continuous personal development work and professional development work. Darren is accredited with The Irish Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS), which has the highest standard of professional accreditation in Europe.

April 2018

Life After Sexual Abuse – Moving beyond Sexual Trauma with Complex Trauma Experts at Trauma Recovery Institute

By | 2018-04-21T16:41:21+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Blog|

  Working through Sexual Abuse at Trauma Recovery Institute Trauma Recovery Institute offers expertise in complex trauma recovery and unparalleled treatment approach through unique individual and group psychotherapy. We specialise in long-term relational trauma recovery, sexual trauma recovery and early childhood developmental trauma recovery. We also offer specialized group psychotherapy for psychotherapists and psychotherapy students, People struggling with addictions and substance abuse, sexual abuse survivors and people recovering from chronic disease. Trauma recovery Institute offers a very safe supportive space for deep relational work with highly skilled and experienced psychotherapists specialised in complex trauma and  accredited with Irish Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS), which holds the highest accreditation standard in Europe. Trauma Recovery Institute uses a highly structured psychotherapeutic approach called Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) which is a multi discipline holistic approach engaging mind, body, gut and brain. This approach is also used in conjuction with functional health, a suggested plant based diet and lifestyle medicine to heal anxiety and depression, repair the gut and down regulate the nervous system. Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) at Trauma Recovery Institute Dublin Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) is a highly structured, once to twice weekly-modified psychodynamic treatment based on the psychoanalytic model of object relations. This approach is also informed by the latest in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. As with traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy relationship takes a central role within the treatment and the exploration of internal relational dyads. Our approach differs in that also central to the treatment is the focus on the transference and countertransference, an awareness of shifting bodily states in the present moment and a focus on the client’s external relationships, emotional life and lifestyle. Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) is an integrative treatment approach for working with complex trauma, borderline personality organization and dissociation. This treatment approach attempts to address the [...]

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Professional Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine, Plant Based Nutrition & Raw Food Mastery at Plant Based Academy

By | 2018-04-14T10:42:18+00:00 April 14th, 2018|Blog|

Become a certified raw food chef, plant based nutrition coach & lifestyle medicine coach (plantrician) with Plant Based Academy, world unique raw & vegan culinary school. We offer courses both online and at our raw kitchen in Dublin close to the new Happy Pear Cafe. Classes delivered by institute director and professional chef Darren Maguire.   The Most important Decision anyone can make today is what to put into your body. Learn how to feed your body with the healthiest foods on the planet that you can prepare easily in your own kitchen. Save Money while saving your health and the planet. - Plant Based Academy     Plant Based Academy - World unique Raw & vegan Culinary School Plant Based academy is a raw and vegan culinary school. Training, educating and empowering students on plant based culinary art, vegan nutritional science and conscious living. Plant Based Academy is the only classically structured raw food course in Europe and world unique in its content, Certification and delivery. Plant Based Academy offers the most comprehensive certification program both on site at our raw kitchen in Dublin 22 and online. Full Course fee is 2,500.00 Euro - Payment plan available. Online Course is 1,500.00 euro payable upfront. Plant Based Academy is Europe’s first and only classically structured plant-based culinary school. Students will discover that raw food is not always cold food, which is particularly refreshing when living in a cold climate such as Ireland. Students will learn about Warm Porridge and warm soups, hot medicinal beverages. Dublin is host to some of the best farmers’ markets in Ireland and has a rapidly growing plant based community.Students learn how to work with whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined, nutritionally balanced for maximum absorption of nutrients and flavorful cuisine in the [...]

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The Digestive System

By | 2018-04-10T19:32:58+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Blog|

The digestive system plays an important role in the absorption of nutrients into the body.  It takes the food we ingest, breaks it down mechanically and chemically in the mouth and stomach.  It then absorbs nutrients, fats, proteins and water in the intestines before eliminating the waste through the rectum. Major organs involved in the digestive system include the mouth, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas. The main steps in the digestive system The digestive system is designed to do a few major things. They can be grouped into four categories: Ingestion Digestion Breakdown Excretion Following Food from Mouth to Anus To understand how our food is digested in the digestive system, it might be very useful to follow our food along its normal path, starting from the mouth. Imagine for just a second that you’re hungry and your eyes gaze upon a nice home cooked thanksgiving turkey dinner. Your mouth starts to water. The salivary glands in your mouth are triggered to start producing saliva, a compound that will aid in the digestion of the meal. As food enters your mouth, your teeth begin mechanically breaking down the food into small and smaller pieces. The saliva starts to chemically break it down as well. Soon, your conscious mind says, “lets swallow this food.” You swallow it and take another bite. While you’re thinking about your next bite of food, your nervous system is helping to move the bolus (the food package you swallowed), down throat. A small flap of skin called your epiglottis makes sure your food goes down your esophagus. Movements of the smooth muscles, known as peristalsis help move that bolus down your esophagus. When it reaches your stomach, a sphincter opens and dumps the food in. Inside the stomach, cells start to secrete different acids that help increase acidity [...]

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Professional Certificate Course in Lifestyle Medicine, Raw Food Mastery & Plant Based Nutrition Coaching

By | 2018-04-08T18:27:36+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Blog|

Our curriculum has been designed to empower you to be successful at achieving extraordinary personal health once and for all, and to develop a career in teaching others about Organic Living Food, Plant-Based Nutrition and become a Plant Based Academy Lifestyle Medicine Coach. The Plant Based Academy Professional Certificate Lifestyle Medicine Coaching program, is comprised of 12 comprehensive modules each delivered with a background and framework of psychology, plant based nutritional science, the latest gut research,and refined culinary skill. The Course will teach you the art, history and science of lifestyle medicine and plant based nutrition and show you how to practically implement an organic, vegan, raw and living foods, plant-based diet and healthy, sustainable fullfilling life. Become a certified raw food chef, plant based nutrition coach & lifestyle medicine coach (plantrician) with Plant Based Academy, world unique raw & vegan culinary school. We offer courses both online and at our raw kitchen in Dublin close to the new Happy Pear Cafe. Classes delivered by institute director and professional chef Darren Maguire.   The Most important Decision anyone can make today is what to put into your body. Learn how to feed your body with the healthiest foods on the planet that you can prepare easily in your own kitchen. Save Money while saving your health and the planet. - Plant Based Academy     Plant Based Academy - World unique Raw & vegan Culinary School Plant Based academy is a raw and vegan culinary school. Training, educating and empowering students on plant based culinary art, vegan nutritional science and conscious living.With its affiliation with Life Change Health institute, all courses are delivered with a holistic approach to human psychology brindging cons Plant Based Academy is the only classically structured raw food course in Europe and world unique in its content, [...]

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Learn How to Finally Get Beyond IBS Symptoms and other Gastrointestinal Disorders

By | 2018-04-03T17:23:29+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Blog|

IBS is one of the most common health conditions, but no one really likes talking about it. April is IBS Awareness Month, and it’s time to start talking. According to IFFGD, an estimated 30 to 45 million people in the United States – 10 to 15 percent of the population – are affected by IBS.Research suggests that IBS is the second leading cause of work absenteeism second only to the common cold. The gut-brain axis (GBA) consists of bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Recent advances in research have described the importance of gut microbiota in influencing these interactions. This interaction between microbiota and GBA appears to be bidirectional, namely through signaling from gut-microbiota to brain and from brain to gut-microbiota by means of neural, endocrine, immune, and humoral links. In this review we summarize the available evidence supporting the existence of these interactions, as well as the possible pathophysiological mechanisms involved. Most of the data have been acquired using technical strategies consisting in germ-free animal models, probiotics, antibiotics, and infection studies. In clinical practice, evidence of microbiota-GBA interactions comes from the association of dysbiosis with central nervous disorders (i.e. autism, anxiety-depressive behaviors) and functional gastrointestinal disorders. In particular, irritable bowel syndrome can be considered an example of the disruption of these complex relationships, and a better understanding of these alterations might provide new targeted therapies.   Introduction Insights into the gut-brain crosstalk have revealed a complex communication system that not only ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, but is likely to have multiple effects on affect, motivation, and higher cognitive functions. The complexity of these interactions is enclosed in the denomination of “gut-brain axis” (GBA). Its role is to monitor and integrate [...]

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Raw Chocolate Mastery & Raw Desserts Professional Online Course

By | 2018-04-03T17:01:10+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Blog|

The Art of Raw Gourmet Chocolate & Healthy Light Refined Desserts Course is now available as an online Course. This course is an advanced resource & guide on the art , history and science on raw chocolate and desserts.This course will teach you how to make your very own raw bean to bar chocolate, raw cheesecake, raw cookies and cakes. This online course is loaded with recipes, resources, tips about raw chocolate and amazingly how to make desserts health, fat free, sugar free and some even nut free, it is also loaded with informative online videos and research data on the chemistry and timeline of cacao, and why it is good for us as a probiotic, prebiotic and for its polyphenols and positive effect on our mood and hormones. If you want to make the best chocolate and the healthiest desserts then this course will be perfect for you. By Purchasing this online course you will have permenant access to this important material so you can revise any time you wish. After Purchasing, you will recieve an email with your username and password which you will use to log into our members only area and access this incredible course. Upon completion of this course you will become an expert fermentationist equipped with the most up to date information about out the incredible workings of our microbiota and psychobiotics.This is Module 5 from the 12 Module Professional Certificate Course with Plant Based Academy's Plantrician training program.Click HERE for more details. Module 5 - The Art of Raw Gourmet Chocolate & Healthy Light Refined Desserts - Single Module 350 Euro The Art of Raw Chocolate module for obvious reasons is a very exciting as most people love chocolate. In this module we go into the science of chocolate, the biochemistry, the microbiology, [...]

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The Gut-Brain-Body Dance – Healing the Impact of Stress & Trauma

By | 2018-04-02T11:20:28+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Blog|

The brain, by definition, is an organ of infinite complexity and staggering dimensions. The number of neurons, the basic cell that controls all information processing, is in the range of 100 billion. These neurons are connected to nearby neurons by dendrites, multiple tiny short wires. Neurons are connected to distant brain sites by axons, long wires insulated by fatty substance called myelin. The number of dendrite and axon connections is in the range of 100 million billion! And the organization of the brain is so complex. The resilient body, through its complex systems of measuring messages from the environment, informs the brain of what's going on. It sages from the environment, informs the brain of what's going on. It does so through signals from the primary sense organs of the head and neck, and from the skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the somatic body. These messages from the body will alter the brain, as the intricate interplay between brain and body creates learned movements and skills for the body to carry out. The brain and body are involved in an elegant dance, ever changing and growing, developing body skills and promoting increasingly more complex neural connections. On the flip side, stress and traumatic emotional experiences can alter the brain as well, injuring it and impairing its function. Stress and trauma do damage to the brain - damage that can be seen on an fMRI. Severe negative life experiences cause loss of neurons specifically in the memory centers of the brain. The infant who does not experience the closeness of the maternal-infant bond suffers shrinkage of a crucial area in the right front of the brain that provides regulation for the emotional brain and autonomic nervous system. The good news is that effective therapy in such individuals can not only [...]

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Trauma Informed Group Psychotherapy Dublin

By | 2018-04-01T19:48:08+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Blog|

Trauma informed group psychotherapy facilitated by trauma specialists at Trauma Recovery Institute Dublin. The advanced group psychotherapy is suitable for psychotherapy students and those who have at least 4 years experience with psychotherapy.The psychotherapeutic approach applied is Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP) which is a very unique blend of interpersonal neurobiology, psychodynamic psychotherapy and transference focused psyschotherapy incorporating the poly vagal theory by stephen porges. This group is a very effective platform to work through the neurobiology of trauma with the nervous system always in mind, keeping you safe and in felt sense at all times.     Treatment of Relational and complex Trauma at Trauma Recovery Institute Trauma Recovery Institute offers unparalleled services and treatment approach through unique individual and group psychotherapy. We specialise in long-term relational trauma recovery, sexual trauma recovery and early childhood trauma recovery. We also offer specialized group psychotherapy for psychotherapists and psychotherapy students, People struggling with addictions and substance abuse, sexual abuse survivors and people looking to function in life at a higher level. Trauma recovery Institute offers a very safe supportive space for deep relational work with highly skilled and experienced psychotherapists accredited with Irish Group Psychotherapy Society (IGPS), which holds the highest accreditation standard in Europe. Trauma Recovery Institute uses a highly structured psychotherapeutic approach called Dynamic Psychosocialsomatic Psychotherapy (DPP). At Trauma Recovery Institute we address three of the core Attachment Styles, their origin’s the way they reveal themselves in relationships, and methods for transforming attachment hurt into healing. We use the latest discoveries in Neuroscience which enhances our capacity for deepening intimacy. The foundation for establishing healthy relationships relies on developing secure attachment skills, thus increasing your sensitivity for contingency and relational attunement. According to Allan Schore, the regulatory function of the brain is experience-dependent and he says that, as an infant, our [...]

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The Link between Anxiety, Gut Dysbiosis & Irritable Bowel Syndrome

By | 2018-04-01T18:37:14+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Blog|

The gut-brain axis (GBA) consists of bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Recent advances in research have described the importance of gut microbiota in influencing these interactions. This interaction between microbiota and GBA appears to be bidirectional, namely through signaling from gut-microbiota to brain and from brain to gut-microbiota by means of neural, endocrine, immune, and humoral links. In this review we summarize the available evidence supporting the existence of these interactions, as well as the possible pathophysiological mechanisms involved. Most of the data have been acquired using technical strategies consisting in germ-free animal models, probiotics, antibiotics, and infection studies. In clinical practice, evidence of microbiota-GBA interactions comes from the association of dysbiosis with central nervous disorders (i.e. autism, anxiety-depressive behaviors) and functional gastrointestinal disorders. In particular, irritable bowel syndrome can be considered an example of the disruption of these complex relationships, and a better understanding of these alterations might provide new targeted therapies.   Introduction Insights into the gut-brain crosstalk have revealed a complex communication system that not only ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, but is likely to have multiple effects on affect, motivation, and higher cognitive functions. The complexity of these interactions is enclosed in the denomination of “gut-brain axis” (GBA). Its role is to monitor and integrate gut functions as well as to link emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions and mechanisms such as immune activation, intestinal permeability, enteric reflex, and entero-endocrine signaling. The mechanisms underlying GBA communications involve neuro-immuno-endocrine mediators. This bidirectional communication network includes the central nervous system (CNS), both brain and spinal cord, the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the enteric nervous system (ENS) and the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis (Fig. [...]

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Learn about Psychobiotics to Treat Anxiety, Depression & Autoimmune Disorders.

By | 2018-04-01T17:53:50+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Blog|

It may be possible to relieve anxiety and depression solely by manipulating bacteria in the gut. Psychobiotics are defined as live bacteria and their food (probiotics & prebiotics) which, when ingested, confer mental health benefits through interactions with commensal gut bacteria. Ninety percent of what we lug around with us is not human. It's microbial, and it's vital to our health, our moods, even the decisions we make. There are roughly 15 trillion cells in our body—and over 100 trillion bacteria, most of them in the gut and most of them supporting such essential functions as digestion, immunity, metabolism, even mental health in ways that are only now being understood. The body is an ecosystem of interdependent parts relaying messages to each other, explains Ted Dinan, a psychiatrist at the University of Cork, Ireland. So influential are the thousands of species of gut flora on health that Dinan aims to harness the power of microbes to treat depression. Recently, he coined a term for the live organisms in the gut that are psychoactive and of potential benefit to those suffering from a variety of psychiatric illnesses—psychobiotics. Not only can researchers now discern which strains of gut bacteria affect the nervous system, they can also map the exact pathways through which specific gut bacteria influence the brain. Although there are many preparations of bacteria now being marketed as probiotics, "the vast majority do nothing for us," Dinan insists. "Most don't make it past the stomach acid. But a few have enormous implications for the future of psychiatric medication." It's long been known that the stress system is intimately involved in depression. People suffering from major depression frequently have elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, released in response to stress. In a recent study, a probiotic cocktail of Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium [...]

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