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Galway Counselling Studies Courses 

Foundation Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy. October 21st. Places available. Apply Now. 

Introduction to Counselling and PsychotherapyNext intake: October 4th.

Managing Stress though Cognitive Behavioural TherapyNext intake: October 3rd.  

In a Nutshell

'In a nutshell’ is an extremely brief guide to subjects related to Counselling and Psychotherapy. Click here for previous subjects. In this newsletter edition I am focusing on Gestalt Psychotherapy. Gestalt is focused on encouraging here and now awareness, self support and self responsibility. Fritz and Laura Perls were two major influences. Perls himself was  Influenced by Wilhelm ReichJacob Moreno, Martin Buber, Zen Buddhism and Drama/Theatre. Gestalt encourages awareness: Fully experiencing oneself in the present moment. It is particularly helpful in completing unfinished business; processing past traumas in the present and integrating conflicting aspects or parts of oneself. It is body focused encouraging awareness of body sensations, posture, movement etc. occuring in the present. Essentially focus is on the process taking place as the story unfolds. Self Interruptions to having full contact with oneself or the therapist may be highlighted. These may reveal themselves through language content, voice, body position, movement etc. Polster and Polster were later influences. Gestalt Therapy by Professor Eleanor O’Leary (UCC, Cork) is an enjoyable text to begin with. As an existential and experientail approach the best way to learn about is naturally through experiencing it. I’ve found working in groups with a gestalt therapist facilitating especially beneficial.

Job Vacancies

Vacancy for Counsellor / Psychotherpist: Link.

Adult Education Guidance Counsellor for County Kildare : http://www.kwetb.ie

Counsellor Offaly: Link. Closes 10/8.

Vacancies at Spirasi's: 1 Family / Systemic Therapist and 1 Psychotherapist. The adverts and job descriptions for these roles can be found on activelink.ie or by clicking the links below. http://www.activelink.ie/content/vacancies/civil-liberties-human-rights/31599 http://www.activelink.ie/content/vacancies/civil-liberties-human-rights/31600

Temporary Counsellor Therapist/Co-Ordinator, Employee Assistance Programme – HSE Cork & Kerry. Closes 26/7. Link.

Male Group Facilitators MEND [men ending domestic abuse] PROGRAMME (South Tipperary, Waterford, Carlow / Kilkenny and Kildare). Closes 11/8. Link.


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Treating Depression A user-friendly Cognitive Behavioural Treatment Protocol. Saturday, July 29th. 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath. Cost: €130. Link.

Learn How To Integrate Evidence Based Protocols Into Your Practice. Treating Depression – July 29th. The Chronic Worrier and GAD – August 19th. Link.


The Chronic Worrier and GADA user-friendly Cognitive Behavioural Treatment Protocol. Learn how to integrate CBT into your practice. Saturday, August 19th, 2017. Newgrange Hotel, Navan, Co. Meath. Cost: €130. Link.

A Gestalt Retreat. “Start Where You Are”. Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, and Sunday 20th August. Venue. The beautiful residential setting of Teach Bride, Tullow, Co Carlow. Fee:  €450.00 all inclusive. Facilitator: Karen Ilean Shorten, MIAHIP, MEAP, MICP, MIACP. Contact:  karenileanshorten@yahoo.co.uk or phone 087 792 5533. Flyer.


Use of Attachment Theory - Dr. Denise Mullen: September 16th. Time: 10am - 4.30pm (Registration 9.30). Cost: 100                                          Venue: Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin (01) 230 0030 Website www.joyofconnection.org EMAIL joyofconnection7@gmail.com  PHONE 086 823 3664

The Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy Ireland presents Emotion-Focused Therapy - A one day introductory workshop to the theory and practise of EFT 10-4pm, 2nd Sept. Presented by Ladislav Timulak, PhD Psychology Society of Ireland (PSI) Grantham House, Grantham Street, D8, Dublin. Fee: €50 (€40 early bird bookings made before 31/07/2017; €30 students). Link.

Places are available in a supervision group in central Athlone. And also in Dublin at 5-6 Dublin Rd., Naas, Co Kildare. PH. Jim FitzGibbon SIAHIP at 0877555680. Commencing September.

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Social Anxiety. 23rd & 24th Sept, 2017. Link.

Symposion, Attachment Perspectives on Borderline Personality Disorder: Implications for Therapy, 23rd September: Link.


MA in humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Clinical) (Level 9 on the QQI National Framework of Qualifications validated by IT Carlow) at Tivoli Institute, Dublin. Link. Commencing October 2017 (Weekend based).

Professional Higher Diploma in Biodynamic & Integrative Psychotherapy commencing October - Tracht Psychotherapy Foundation, Kinvara, Co. Galway. A 4-year professional part-time psychotherapy training using biodynamic massage and bodywork as part of an integrated psychotherapy approach. Please see http://www.tracht.ie/content/professional-higher-diploma-4-yr-commencing-october-2017 for more information, or contact info@tracht.ie / tel. 091-637192.

Advanced Training: Your Structure Tells Your Story October 23rd - 26th in Star of the Sea Retreat Centre, Mullaghmore,
Co Sligo. TARA Foundations October 16th - 20th. Further information on the TARA Approach, courses, trainings, certification, registration, etc. available on www.tara-approach.org or contact 087 2213686.

Motivational Interviewing conference with the founders: Professors Miller and Rollnick. October 2nd. Link.

Psychoanalysis & Sexuality Today Clinical Conference: Psychosocial Influences on Transference & Countertransference in Psychoanalysis & Psychotherapy. Sat. 21 October. National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. (info@psychoanalyticpsychotherapyclinic.ie) and Eve Watson (eve.watson@leesonanalytic.com). 

Baby Bonding Practitioner Training: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of October. Flannerys hotel, Renmore, Galway. Contact Ruth at 087 6547377 babybondingireland@gmail.com.  

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD With Professor Edna Foa 9th - 12th October 2017 at University College London. Link.

Seminar With Kathy Steele. An Integrative Approach To Treating Complex PTSD And Dissociative Disorders. 16th & 17th November 2017. Cork International Hotel. Link.

Knock Counselling Centre in conjunction with the Irish Association for Anger Managment are running a 2-day intensive Anger Management Programme, “Temper your Anger”, on Sat 11th & Sun 12th November 2017. The programme is designed for people who find it difficult to express their anger in a healthy way. For further info, contact Peter Devers 0949375032

Parent Child Attachment Play training: February 2018- Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd- for working with parents and children to improve the attachment quality of the parent-child relationship. Venue: Flannerys hotel, Renmore, Galway. Training provided by Baby Bonding Ireland in association with Big Toes Little Toes. Email babybondingireland@gmail.com. Contact Ruth at 087 6547377 for further information.

Issues of Sexual Violence: the Counselling Process, DRCC (November): For further information please contact Leonie O'Dowd, Head of Education and Training, at  01 6614911 or email leonie@rcc.ie

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