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Kate Middleton Went to Family Therapy to Support Her Brother, James

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Family therapy can serve individuals, couples and families. As the article below states- not everyone needs to be there all the time, – people can attend in ones and twos, but it can open up conversations that really go a long way towards recovery.

  • In a new interview with The Telegraph, James Middleton opened up about his struggles with depression and his personal road to recovery.
  • His entire family—including Kate Middleton—took part in family therapy sessions with him to show their support.

Kate Middleton’s brother, James Middleton, is opening up his struggles with depression—and how his sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, dropped everything to help with his recovery.

In a new interview with The Telegraph, James described his personal battle with depression, which he, like many people, kept to himself for a long time. When James realized he needed help, however, he went to a private psychiatric hospital, where he voiced the fact that he was dealing with suicidal thoughts for the first time.

James Middleton Speaks Out About His Depression

“I remember thinking, ‘I might have to answer this one truthfully, because I want them to help me,’” he explained of confronting the doctor’s questions about suicidal ideation. “So I said, ‘Well, actually, yes, but I don’t think I’ll ever action it.’ In my report it said I had suicidal thoughts but wasn’t a threat to myself.”

Once James reached out and made a point to be honest about what he was going through, his journey to recovery (which included nearly a year of cognitive behavioral therapy) could begin.

“Before I started it I was completely lost,” he said, describing therapy as like, “sitting in a chair with a ball of wool made up of eight different colors, and then a …read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Chair’s Update to Registrants October 2019

Dear Registrant,

We have good news from The European Association of Psychotherapy.   The new website is completed and can be accessed at  The website has been designed to inform the public, more specifically the politicians, the departments of health, the clients and ourselves, the practicing psychotherapists.

You will see from the emboldened text below that there is a new law in Germany.

Honorary President Alfred Pritz is delighted to announce that the German Parliament voted on a new Psychotherapy law on September 26, 2019. In a mailing to all EAP Board members he wrote:

I want to inform you that the German parliament has voted for a new psychotherapists law which ends the dominance of psychology over psychotherapy.

It is not necessary to be a psychologist or medical doctor before becoming a psychotherapist:

The law creates a new academic discipline of psychotherapy with a bachelor and a master in psychotherapy. After these studies there is an approbation examination which allows to treat patients. If the person wants a seat of the social security, a postgraduate training follows.

Closer to home, we were informed at a meeting on the 29th of July by Ginny Hanrahan, the CEO of CORU, that regulation will take another five years at least.  One thing she emphasized is that the application is made by the psychotherapist, not any group or organisation. There will be grandparenting and this will be for two years following the opening of registration.

Feedback to ICP is very welcome.

Anne Colgan

Chair ICP

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019

World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019
See to access list of accredited Systemic Family Therapists. FTAI therapists see individuals, couples and families.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

IAHIP 2019/2020 Workshops

Our 2019/2020 Workshops details are now available to view on our website

Workshop 1 – Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Business of Therapy/Starting a Therapy Practice

Facilitator: Jude Fay

Are you thinking of setting up in private practice? Maybe you are struggling to know how to go about it? You are probably excited about using your skills to help those who need you? But, how do you get there from here?

Like acquiring any role, becoming a self-employed practitioner is a multi-layered process. There is information you need to know, skills you need to learn, action you need to take, and of course, handling the emotional impact of all of that. Unlike qualifying as a therapist, there is no clear path, no syllabus or college course you can take that will lead you there. Each person’s journey is unique to them, and there are many routes. There is a dizzying amount of information about small business out there, but much of it is irrelevant to the practice of psychotherapy.

This workshop provides information and support to therapists and counsellors who are setting up or have recently set up in private practice, whether part or full time. It is designed to help you get started by identifying the essentials.

It is also an excellent opportunity to network with other practitioners who are starting out.

We will explore the practicalities of starting a practice, envision the practice you would like to create, and the services will provide. You can begin to identify your preferred clients and the channels through which to attract them.

Workshop 2 – Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th, 2019

Prevention of Suicide and Self-Harm

Facilitators: Marguerite Kiely & Noeleen Devlin

Our workshop shares our vast experience and knowledge working with both clients, parents and agencies involved in the care of clients. We also focus on …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy Workshop

Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy: Treating Couple Distress & Individual Psychopathology

Workshop Presented by Professor Michael Worrell

Place: Red Cow Moran Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin 22Y X80

Date: Tuesday 15th October 2019

Time: 9am – 4:30pm (Registration from 8:30am)


CBPI Member/Associate/Pre-accreditation Member = €120 (Membership Number)

Non-Member = €130

Student/Unwaged = €90

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Ireland Event Link


Many therapists find working with couple issues challenging and can feel deskilled and lost in knowing how to intervene effectively. However, CBT Couple Therapy is a well-established and evidence-based model for working with couples that is recommended by NICE as a treatment for depression. Contemporary Cognitive Behavioural Couple therapy has been significantly expanded and enhanced to include a focus upon emotional, cognitive, behavioural and environmental factors and their interaction. In addition, the model has been enhanced via a focus upon individual personality, developmental and contextual factors. Empirical research has established that CBCT is an effective treatment for couple distress. More recent work has established that CBCT is an effective treatment for individual psychopathology. That is, it can be highly effective to treat individual forms of psychopathology such as depression and anxiety through targeting aspects of the couple relationship that may act to maintain the disorder. To achieve this, therapists need to understand how to deliver what works in individual therapy in an interpersonal context. In this workshop participants will be introduced to a contemporary CBT model for working with couples.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding a model of relationship functioning and couple distress
  • Common patterns of couple interaction that maintain distress
  • Understanding the interactions between couple functioning and individual psychopathology
  • Cognitive, behavioural and emotion-based interventions for reducing couple distress
  • Strategies to target individual psychopathology within a relational context

The workshop will include didactic instruction as well as demonstrations of key clinical skills. Participants will have the opportunity to practice key interventions. Therapist and client handouts for key interventions will be provided.

Payment includes light lunch and refreshments. For special requests, please inform upon registration. Car parking is €5 per day with a validated ticket. To register, please complete and return the form provided. Registration will close on Friday, 11th October. For venue information, visit Places limited, early booking advised. Email for more information.

The Subject is ‘Dreaming’ (IFPP One-Day Seminar)

This one-day seminar is dedicated to exploring and discussing ideas and concepts about the nature of dreaming, its significance in our lives and its significance in terms of our mental wellbeing.

The significance of dreaming can be traced throughout historical, religious and anthropological archives. Records of dream interpretations appear in writings as far back as the ancient Sumarians and Egyptians, in the Hindu, Buddhist and Christian tradition and in aboriginal, Mexican and native American culture.

We may dismiss our dreams, be alarmed by nightmares or consult dream dictionaries to decipher their meanings but we are not unaware of the fact that we dream and are often confounded by them.  Are dreams a portal to another realm, the royal road to the unconscious mind as Sigmund Freud described or simply an artefact of night-time brain activity, a neural activity filing away and storing the memories of the day?

The seminar will be of interest not only to professionals working in the area of mental health and wellbeing but also to anyone with an interest in the topic.

The Irish Forum of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) are hosting this seminar to mark their annual congress. 6 CPD points have been awarded for the day by the Irish Council of Psychotherapy (ICP).

The day will be led by Marian Dunlea, Ross Skelton, Anne Murphy, Donna Redmond and Rob Weatherill.

Eventbrite Link

Date: Saturday November 9th, 2019

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 73 Quinn’s Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin

Paul Rebillot’s classic ‘Hero’s Journey’ Workshop


A Seven-Day Residential Paul Rebillot Workshop Presented by The Fool’s Dance Gestalt Company

The ‘Slí an Chroí’ Centre, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, October 26th to November 1st, 2019.

Another opportunity to experience the classic Paul Rebillot therapeutic structure.

Do you have a sense that there could be more to life than the way that you are living now? Do you experience an inner yearning for transformation? Paul Rebillot’s ‘Hero’s Journey’ workshop could help you respond to that call from your deeper self. The workshop – an exciting group structure combining classical Gestalt process and groupwork with elements of myth, theatre, ritual, music, art and movement – is a modern-day Rite of Passage. While each participant will gain their own individual insights from the process, at its core the ‘Hero’s Journey’ focuses on the tension that can arise between the profound attraction of that inner ‘Call to Adventure’ and the difficulties that many of us experience in responding positively to the prospect of change. The ‘Hero’s Journey’ workshop has a particular relevance to today’s world when so much thatso recently seemed to be firmly set in stone is now being shaken to its foundations.

Significant change challenges us to move from one level of being to another and such a step into the unknown can call up strong resistance. Traditional societies used Rites of Passage – overseen by a ritual master or shaman – to ceremonialise, celebrate and guide members of the community on their journey through important life stages such as birth, puberty, adulthood, marriage, eldership and death. Importantly, these rituals also taught the initiates that change was part of the normal order of things and showed them ways of dealing with …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Sex Work: Contemporary discourses and the therapeutic context


Date: 25th September 2019

Time: 6.30p.m.

Venue: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.

Topic: Sex Work: Contemporary discourses and the therapeutic context


  • Rebekah Leacy
  • Adeline Berry
  • Kate McGrew
  • Miriam Ryan

All will speak on the same topic, but from different points of view.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) = 2 hours. CPD certificates will be issued by the Family Therapy Assoc. of Ireland (FTAI). See you @ the Systemic Cafe

Date for your Diary Systemic Cafe 25th September 2019

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Registrants’ Day – Change of Date

Dear Registrants and Colleagues,

It has been decided by the ICP Management Committee to defer the Registrants’ Day until February 1st, 2020.

We are sorry to disappoint you all, but we felt that, due to a number of recent changes of personnel, both on committees and in the office, it was appropriate to defer the event until the later date.

We will keep you updated and thank you for your understanding.

PS, as many Registrants use different forms of communication i.e. email; social media and indeed, are based all over Ireland and / or may be on Annual Leave, we would appreciate it if you could inform your colleagues of the change of dates.

Kind regards,

Anne Colgan


Irish Council for Psychotherapy

Monica Whyte, President EFTA, opens EFTA conference in Naples

Monica Whyte President EFTA

Monica Whyte, President EFTA and FTAI member, opens EFTA Conference in Naples on 11th September 2019.. Title: Visible and Invisible: Bordering Change in Systemic Family Therapy. FTAI wishes you all the best, Monica.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland