Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Have you long dreamt of becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist? Unsure of the next step? The Foundation will help guide you in the right direction. You can aslo attend the Foundation for your own personal development as the course process offers a powerful transformative experience as the course testimonials show. 

Commences: Applications for the January 18th course are now closed. The next course will be held in September, 2020. Open to Applications in 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). 

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 four 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 process: transform your understanding of yourself and others. Raise awareness of yourself, and of how you interact with other people.

- The enhancement of counselling and interpersonal skills.


Course Content  Course Ethos

Person Centred Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Gestalt Psychotherapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Body Psychotherapy 

Art Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Counselling skills 


Advantages of joining this Foundation

Small groups; places are limited to 12 participants. There is a strong emphasis on personal development. Insufficient personal development is the commonest reason for failing to gain entry to professional training.

Access to expert independent guidance, regarding your suitability and readiness for this field of work 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. Guidance is crucial in choosing a professional training course right for you, as standards vary considerably and not all degree programmes meet the established professional standards. 

Seven intensive weekend training experience with three accredited and highly experienced facilitators present on every weekend. 

On completing the foundation you will join previous participants in gaining entry to 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 foundation is accepted by colleges throughout Ireland as meeting and exceeding entry requirements for professional training and is one of the most highly
valued and recognised Foundation course's in Ireland. 


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. Please note that the Foundation course is not QQI awarded (as is the case for all foundation courses) as it is an access course only, designed solely to meet the entry requirements required for professional training programmes. 


Venue & Dates

The Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway, overlooking Galway bay and the Burren. Furbo has a beach, walks, and a small labyrinth. Dates: Jan 18/19, Feb. 1/2, Feb. 15/16, Feb. 29/Mar.1, Mar. 14/15, Apr. 4/5, Apr. 25/26.


Application and Fees

Apply Now. Application will be followed by an interview. The course fee is €1450. Payment details here.


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