Foundation Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy

“The first crucial step to a career in Counselling and Psychotherapy"

Are you at a personal crossroads in your life? Have you long dreamt of becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist? Are you unsure of the next step? The Foundation help guide you in the right direction. You can attend for personal development, counselling skills or preparation for professional training. The foundation offers a powerful transformative experience as the course testimonials show. 

Commences: April 21st, 2018. Apply Now. Places available. Apply before 26th March.

The GCS foundation prepares you for entry to professional training in helping you meet the entry requirements of the approved professional training programmes recognised by the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). 

The GCS Foundation is accepted and highly regarded by the established colleges and Institutes throughout Ireland. Now in its 24th year, the Foundation holds a solid reputation for offering a unique and exciting programme providing a creative experiential training approach facilitated by three highly experienced and qualified trainers and accredited psychotherapists. 

Suitable for anyone interested in one or more of the following:

- A career in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Psychology. 

- Personal development: transform your understanding of yourself and others.

- The enhancement of your counselling/interpersonal skills.

- You will receive expert independent guidance to a Career in this field. Guidance is crucial in choosing a professional training course as standards vary considerably and not all degree programmes meet the established professional standards. Some lack sufficient personal development and placements opportunities.  

Course Content  Course Ethos

Person Centred Theory

Psychoanalytical theory

Gestalt Therapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Transactional Analysis

Counselling skills 

Art Therapy

Body Psychotherapy

Assignment work

Personal Development groups

Body Psychotherapy with Elaine King
I enjoyed body therapy…helped me pay attention to how emotions affected me physically”. "I suffered from chronic pain from an injury I got at work four years ago and through exploring the techniques we learned in body therapy I have learned to manage my pain more effectively and I do not rely on pain relief on a daily basis now.” 

Art Therapy with Ann Marie Collins
Art therapy really got to my deep emotions”. “I enjoyed the freedom of the art therapy”. “The art therapy was a great experience”. 

Advantages of joining the Foundation

A 100 hour weekend based intensive course with three accredited and highly experienced facilitators present on each weekend. 

Small groups. Due to the high quality level of personal process on this course places are limited to a maximum 12 participants. Insufficient personal development is the commonest reason for failing to gain entry to professional training.

Access to expert independent guidance, regarding suitability for this field and assistance to gain entry to the established professionally recognised courses with the highest standard of training. We have 24 years of feedback from previous participants on their experience of the training programmes available. 

On completing the foundation you will join previous participants in gaining entry to IACP and IAHIP recognised reputable professional training programmes. Previous participants now work in universities, colleges, schools, health boards, prisons, addiction centres, primary care, paid voluntary centres and in private practice. Contact with previous participants can be arranged on request. 

The GCS Foundation is an access course only, designed for meeting the entry requirements of professional training programmes. The foundation is accepted by colleges throughout Ireland as meeting and exceeding entry requirements for professional training and is the most highly valued and recognised Foundation course in Ireland. The Foundation course, being an access course, is not QQI awarded.  

Entry Requirements

A willingness to engage in a personal process of self exploration, self awareness work, self challenge and be open to feedback. To be in a position to commit yourself to attend all course weekends between the hours stated. 

Venue & Dates

The Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway, overlooking Galway bay and the Burren. Furbo has a beach, walks, and a small labyrinth. Full Dates: April 21/22, May 5/6, 19/20, June 2/3, 16/17, 30/1, July 14/15, 28/29.

Application procedure and Fees

Complete the online application form: Apply Online Now. The course fee is €1450. All Fees paid are non returnable and non transferable. Payment details here. Payments can be made through instalments, on request.


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