Diamond Approach Ireland

Diamond Approach Ireland

The Diamond Approach offers an experiential understanding and awareness of our personality and of our deeper nature. It is an open approach, welcoming people where they are and helping them take the next steps appropriate to their own personal, unique development. The Diamond Approach grew out of, and in response to the needs of people leading ordinary lives in our current Western culture. It is an evolving path of self-realization and human maturity based on an original synthesis of modern discoveries in the field of psychology and a new paradigm about spiritual nature.

“The Diamond Approach is a superb combination of some of the best of modern Western psychology with ancient (and spiritual) wisdom. I recommend the Diamond Approach as probably the most balanced of the widely available spiritual psychologies/therapies” Ken Wilbur from the cover of “The Unfolding Now”

“A masterpiece of integration of both the spiritual and psychotherapeutic traditions which is essential material for anyone concerned with helping others to develop a deeper sense of personhood or to liberate themselves from the repetition compulsion to suffer that defines the neurotic condition” David Boadella from the cover of “Pearl beyond Price”

An ongoing group has formed that uses the in-depth experiential teachings of the DA to support the self realization and development of the group and of its individual members. The group meets in a weekend format four times a year and is still open to new participants. The meetings are held in Castletown, Port Laoise. The teaching team is led by Jim Terrien together with John Smalenskas and Breda Perrem, two teachers resident in Ireland who also carry out ongoing individual session work with Diamond Approach students.

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Barbara Dowds – Book Launch

Barbara Dowds MIAHIP invites you to the launch of her book, which connects the increase in depression to the way we live now.

‘Depression and the Erosion of the Self in Late Modernity’ (Routledge, 2018) will be launched by Dr. Tina Kinsella, in Books Upstairs, 17 DOlier St, Dublin 2 on Wednesday 25th April, 6.30 – 8 pm.


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Therapy Rooms to Rent in New Therapy Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare

New Therapy Centre offering individual therapy rooms, a fully stocked play therapy room and larger rooms suitable for small groups, in a central location in Ennis, Co Clare. Each room is furnished to a high standard with full use of in-house facilities, including bathrooms and fully equipped kitchen. Fees include ESB & heating costs. Rooms are available on either a half-day, full day or weekly rate.

Louise:   085-8376494
Margaret: 087-7947701
Susanne:  087-6636724

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Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples – Level 1

Four Day Training Workshop
Presented by Rhonda Goldman, PhD

  • Marino Institute of Education, Marino Dublin
  • 10am – 5pm, 3rd – 6th July, 2018
  • €675 (€625 early bird bookings made before 31/03/2018)

Training is open to counselling/clinical psychologists and accredited psychotherapists/counsellors

Prior training in EFT or EFT for Couples is not required.
The Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy Ireland is proud to host an intensive four-day workshop in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples, led by Rhonda Goldma. Building on the latest research conducted by Dr. Goldman, Les Greenberg and colleagues, this training will provide participants with in-depth skills training through lectures, video demonstrations, modelling and supervised role-playing practice.

Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy focuses on the emotional bond between a couple and on each partner’s emotional experience, attachment longings, needs, and fears as well their needs for validation of their identities. EFT strives to uncover how each partner reacts emotionally to events that cause negative interactional patterns. These patterns are seen as being created when partners express secondary emotions, often anger, rather than openly expressing their primary emotions and needs, such as their basic attachment fears and needs, shame at self esteem injury, and needs for validation of their identity. The fractured emotional bond is healed by identifying negative interactional cycles that dominate the couple’s interaction and transforming these by means of the expression of primary attachment and identity related emotions. The essential goal of EFT is the creation of new, healthy patterns of interaction by using emotion to restructure interactions.

This workshop constitutes one of the steps towards certification as an EFT Couples therapist. See here for training standards:

Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD, is a professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg and a therapist affiliate of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she conducts psychotherapy with both couples …read more

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Inside Out Survey

Dear students, associates and members

We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Inside Out survey. To date, we have received a large number of responses, which have been very encouraging and full of creative and innovative ideas. The results of this survey are critical in determining the future shape and life of the journal, so we would urge those of you who have yet to fill it out to do so as soon as possible. The survey will remain open until Monday 26th of March, allowing us time to analyse the data and present it to you in the next edition of Inside Out.

Below is a link to the survey, which should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Many Thanks

Diane McDonald
IAHIP Editorial Board

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Our 2018 AGM will be held at the Menlo Park Hotel, Galway on

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at 11.00am
Social Evening on Friday Evening 2nd March with wine and cheese, from 7.30pm

Book your attendance for both events on Eventbrite: Eventbrite Event

Apologies to:

Special Delegate rate available at the hotel for Friday March 2nd on a first come basis.

Notify us of your attendance here

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Student Counsellor – Permanent

Reporting to
The Academic Administration and Student Affairs Manager
The Job
The Student Counsellor offers a specialist professional service on a confidential basis to
individual students who are experiencing personal difficulties which may be affecting
their work. In addition, the Student Counsellor will play a key role in helping students
with their academic progress and personal/social development through group
counselling, seminars and workshops. The Student Counsellor will develop and maintain
close links with other student support services in the Institute, will participate in
multidisciplinary case management meetings, and will advise on further sources of help
within the community. The range of duties assigned to the Student Counsellor may vary
from time to time.
Main duties
 To provide individual counselling to students with emotional, psychological,
academic or personal development needs.
 To provide psychological assessment and intervention.
 To maintain case records and statistical data as required by the Institute, including
usage statistics, as well as annual and periodic reports.
 To provide group counselling to students with a view to helping their academic
progress and personal/social development.
 To design and deliver regularly scheduled seminars/workshops on life skills/personal
development, stress management, substance abuse etc.
 To organize and run, in collaboration with other appropriate staff, workshops or
groups on study skills, presentation skills, examinations’ techniques, etc.
 To be involved in the preparation and provision of special training/information
seminars for staff
 To collaborate with staff in the design and provision of special programmes/projects,
for example, induction, peer mentoring, etc.
 To support and provide training to student groups such as Student Union Officers
 To lead the evaluation, consumer satisfaction and research relating to the Student
Counselling Service
 To liaise with and make referrals (as appropriate) to academic, administrative and
support services staff within the Institute
 To make a regularly updated calendar available to student support staff, for the
purposes of indicating availability for appointments
 To participate in multidisciplinary case management meetings for complex student
cases where multiple stakeholders are involved
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IAHIP Workshop Series – Recovery from Trauma

Workshop 7 – Recovery from Trauma -Jim Fitzgibbon –
Sunday November 26th 10am – 4.30pm
Limited Number of Spaces still available
Book your place now

This workshop will be a collaborative, educative and experiential workshop for psychotherapists.
My workshop on recovery from trauma is designed for experienced psychotherapists however whatever your experience we will have commonality in that we all survived at least one trauma namely receiving birth.

Consciously forming ground as a way of being in a relational experience will be at the core of this group experience.
Many members will be interested in an integrative relational written exercise re exploration of grieving that I learnt from Gianni Francesetti in 2010 and I’ve many times used it successfully. It’s an excellent key to unlocking deadness recovery from trauma.

On my own background for more than 7 years I am member of a supervision group and a personal development group both facilitated by the experienced psychotherapist Rob Tyson of the Manchester Gestalt Institute.
I am learning we all have unique experience and by gathering in a safe place this difference is of immense value to one another and to our clients.
In this workshop I will invite the group to focus on what we do know cognitively and theoretically about the subject. When we form as a working group, our own experiences of recovery and of our clients may emerge, in the present.

The use of creative technique of art may be possible so please bring art materials of your choice.

My intention is the exposition of my relational in the here and now approach, supported by the theoretical approach by James Kepner in his books particularly Healing Tasks (1996) and Body Process (1987) and Miriam Taylor’s Trauma Therapy (2014) and Zoe Londricks paper What Every Trauma Worker Should Know (2006). …read more

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An invitation to participate

I am writing to invite your participation in my upcoming research study entitled
‘Psychotherapists’ experience of attachment and the therapeutic relationship.
I am a fourth year student on the MSc. in Integrative Psychotherapy at Dublin City University which requires completion of a research study related to psychotherapy.
The purpose of this study is to explore psychotherapists’ experience of their own attachment style and their experience of how they came to learn about attachment theory.
The study also aims to explore their experience of their own attachment and how this interrelates with their work with clients.
This research study will involve trained and accredited psychotherapists in order to gain an in-depth breadth of knowledge.
If you are a trained and accredited psychotherapist you are eligible to take part in the study.
If you wish to take part, you will be invited to take part in an interview that may take up to 1 hour, either at your place of work or in Dublin City University. Your participation in this study is voluntary.
If you would like more information on this study or should you wish to take part you can contact me by email at
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Laura Egan
087 1303643

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Supervision from a Gestalt Perspective

The 5th in the IAHIP Autumn Series of Workshops

Sunday 12th November 2017
10.00a.m. – 4.30p.m.
IAHIP Office, 40 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The workshop gives participants the opportunity and space in which to explore awareness, contact, process, incorporating transference and counter-transference from a Gestalt perspective.

We work collaboratively and creatively in an experiential process exploring the relational, to understand the dynamics between the person as a therapist and the client, paying particular attention to the “now”.

Karen Ilean Shorten M.I.A.H.I.P. M.E.A.P. M.ICP. MI.A.C.P. S.I.A.H.I.P.
Karen trained in Humanistic, Integrative Psychotherapy and clinical supervision and then
went on to train and specialise in Gestalt Therapy. She has a successful clinical supervision practice as well as dealing with individuals, groups and families.
Karen worked as a facilitator of intensive group therapy with the Irish Gestalt Centre for 16 years and she delivered a Gestalt Module in a number of training organisations. Currently Karen is studying with SALD (Sacred Art of Living and Dying) as an Anam Cara Apprentice. She has been teaching and working from Humanistic and Integrative perspective (specialising in Gestalt) for over 20 years.

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