South Dublin, Wicklow IAHIP Regional Meeting

Dear Member,
South Dublin, Wicklow IAHIP Regional Meeting

Venue:- Bray Counselling & Therapy Centre, 9, Brennan’s Tce., Strand Road (Seafront), Bray

Date:- Friday, March 22, 2019

Time:- 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Tea and coffee provided.

The topic of this regional meeting is:

Embodying Self-Care as Psychotherapists

As psychotherapists, we are professionals in the areas of self-awareness, self-connection and supporting people to develop the necessary foundations for their own healing, evolution, and wellbeing.

And yet… when it comes to our own self-care, this can be lacking. There can be a gap between our ideals of what we ‘should’ be doing or what we convey to our clients, and the reality of our own practices. Different things can get in the way when it comes to ‘filling our own cups’ and ensuring we have the proper resources and supports in place for our own personal flourishing, as well as therapy practices.

This can range from less-than-ideal schedules, ways of working that are not really aligned with our personal needs as practitioners, to neglecting health, or prioritising clients’ needs over our own, and experiencing vicarious trauma or burnout. There is also the reality of being self-employed for many psychotherapists, and the need to ensure a sustainable income and healthy finances.

This evening will be an opportunity to explore the topic of self-care for psychotherapists together, including a discussion of people’s self-care needs at different levels (mind, body, emotional, transpersonal), experiences of typical barriers or impediments to good practice, as well as supportive and practical tips and tools. This will be done via a combination of information inputs, personal inquiry worksheets, creative expression, and discussions.

Delphine O’Keeffe (M.I.A.H.I.P)

Delphine is an Integrative psychotherapist, having trained in Humanistic and Psychodynamic approaches. Her approach is informed by an existential outlook and a respect for people’s personal choices. Delphine has worked in various counselling centres in Dublin …read more

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Jigsaw is now recruiting ICP registered psychotherapists

Jigsaw is now recruiting ICP registered psychotherapists

Help to create an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported.

At Jigsaw we are committed to leading a nationwide transformation in the area of youth mental health. By joining our team, you will play a key part in helping us to create an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported. We have a strong presence in communities across the country, with our 12 Jigsaw services currently providing mental health support to young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. As an organisation, we’re continuing to grow. So if you have the skills and experience we require, along with the passion to support young people on their journey, we want to hear from you.

Our Jigsaw clinical teams are growing. If you are a Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Mental Health Nurse, or ICP registered Psychotherapist, and are interested in:

  • A full-time permanent role in either Dublin or Galway
  • The Clinical Manager role in Dublin 15
  • Our new role of eMental Health Clinical Manager
  • Forming part of a national panel for a Jigsaw Clinician or Senior Clinician role
  • Sessional contract work across our services nationally

Please visit our website for a full list of clinical vacancies, job descriptions and application forms:

As Jigsaw has not employed Psychotherapists to date, we understand that potential applicants may have questions about the clinical roles, the therapeutic work involved or about the organisation generally. In an effort to provide as much information as we can as early as possible in the recruitment process, we are holding an evening event in the Jigsaw National Office in Dublin City Centre (map link) to which any Psychotherapist with an interest in Jigsaw is invited.

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IAHIP – Last Workshop of our Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 Series


A Few Places Still Available – Please Book Now

Sunday 27th January 2019 (Please note the date change from 20th to 27th)

The Underground Stream: An Introduction to Curative Writing

Facilitator: Martina Breen

This workshop draws upon the principles of The Intensive Journal method and Depth Psychology, originated in 1960 by psychologist Dr. Ira Progoff. What we discover as we work with the Journal method is that there are levels of awareness beneath the surface of our consciousness which hold the key both to the problems and the potentialities of our life. Personal and spiritual development comes about through working at an inner level, at one’s depths, a level below our outer consciousness.

The Underground Stream workshop offers you a practical way of getting in touch on a deeper level with beliefs and patterns of thinking that may be hidden from our conscious awareness. Once we know what they are, we can take steps to eliminate or alter the ones that limit us.

The biggest difference between keeping a regular chronological journal and working in this method is the way thoughts, feelings, and experiences are captured; The Underground Stream workshop facilitates a dialogue between the self and the pertaining issues in one’s life, enabling you to become sensitive to the elusive threads of their inner lives and a definite way of working with them.

You do not have to like to write or be a good writer. No one is reading what you write except you. This workshop is open to all. No previous experience in the journal process is necessary.

Facilitator Bio

Martina Breen is a Psychotherapist, trained with Irish Gestalt Institute (formerly IGC) and has an expansive training background which she draws from in working creatively with individuals. She has experience in research, …read more

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Family Constellations Training 2019

Family Constellations Training 2019

Core Concepts of Family Constellations

This Foundation Training in Family Constellations aims to up-skill those already working with families and individuals in a professional capacity. It will also help those who wish to understand better the hidden dynamics of their own family system.

Trauma and traumatic events in our own lifetime can have an enduring negative effect on our lives. It is also increasingly clear from research in neurobiology, epigenetics, somatic experiencing and psychotherapy that trauma is often carried from one generation to the next. Family Constellations work explores new ways of dealing with profound difficulties in the personal or family story. Constellation work gives us a different lens and new tools that can help clients leave traumatic experiences in the past – where they belong. It helps them let go of unwanted burdens as they move towards a more hopeful future.

This twelve-day training (80 hours CPD) offers a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development from Family Constellations Ireland Limited. We are currently accepting applications for Training in both Cork and Dublin in 2019.

The training involves a combination of inputs, interactive sessions and experiential work as well as individual constellations. Some recommended and required reading will be included. We will cover topics including

The Orders of Love

The Family as a System

Belonging and Conscience

One-to-One Settings


Theory & Practice of Constellations

Exploring Specific Issues

Dealing with Trauma

Personal Growth and Self-Care

The Phenomenological Stance

Full details and application forms are on our website here

Spring Workshops

We also offer weekend workshops. Spring 2019 dates are as follows:

January 26-27 – Mardyke House, Cork

February 9-10 – Glasthule, Dublin

March 9-10 – Mardyke House, Cork

April 27-28 – Glasthule, Dublin

These workshops, run over two days, can offer participants new insights into their family life. Working together client and therapist try to see if there is more to the family story than meets the eye. …read more

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South Connaught IAHIP Regional Meating

The South Connaught IAHIP regional meetings are being re-established.

The first meeting is arranged for Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Time: 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

DISCUSSION TOPIC: Focusing in Therapy: Inviting the client’s fresh edge. Interactive seminar exploring Gene Gendlin’s focusing approach.

The theme will be presented by Simon McKibbin with the accompaniment of Marta Fabregat

Venue: Sccul Sanctuary Kilcornan, Clarinbridge

Address: Bungalow 9, Kilcornan, Clarinbridge, Co. Galway.

CPD: CPD points are awarded for attendance at regional meetings.

Students and pre-accredited members are very welcome.

Contact: Maura Dolan, 087 130 1731 or Stephanie Burke 087 065 7782

Focusing in Therapy: Inviting the Client’s Fresh Edge

Interactive seminar exploring Gene Gendlin’s Focusing approach

“There is no negative energy because what is negative, what is blocked, bears the solution implicitly within itself.” Gene Gendlin

What is Focusing?
It is a way of ‘coming home’ to yourself – a means of radical acceptance – inviting a sense of space and forward flow around even ‘impossibly stuck’ places. It is an exquisitely sensitive way of ‘being with’ what our (inner) world is telling us, often in the form of subtle feelings/sensations, in a way that is safe and gentle.

In therapy

As a therapist, focusing will offer you a mode of operating beyond the cognitive into the realm of the ‘body – intuitive’ supporting and inviting the client to connect with their deeper innate sense of what ‘right’ is for them. Classically there are 6 key steps in the Focusing process: Clearing a Space, Felt-sense, Handle, Resonating, Asking and Receiving

The Seminar

An interactive, playful and informative session with time to explore the approach in small groups as well as in plenary. Come away with:

Job Vacancy – Sessional Counsellor

Part-Time Job Vacancy – Trinity College

Post Title: Sessional Counsellors
Post Status: Part-time, sessional work
Department: Student Counselling Services, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: 7-9 South Leinster Street,
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
Reports to: Clinical Manager
Salary: Subject to qualifications and experience
Hours of Work: Variable
Closing Date: 12 Noon GMT on Wednesday, 5th December 2018.

Apologies for the late notice but this just came into us.

Please click here Job Specification & for all the information in relation to this position and how to apply

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IAHIP Autumn/Winter Workshops 2018/19



A few places still available on the below workshops – please book soon

Saturday 10th November 2018

Dancing the Inner Body: Tuning In, Being Moved: Exploring the Unconscious Through Movement

Facilitators: José Castilho & Jessica Cottee

In this experiential workshop, Jessica and José show how Butoh can be used by Psychotherapists to explore different ways of expression, with the body as a living entity as the raw material. Through transformation – one of the most important elements of Butoh – the body plays with surreal themes and androgynous forms with total disregard to the intentional creation of beautiful movements; instead dancers express primal human conditions. Movement in Butoh starts deep inside the flesh and bones until it breaks on the skin of the dancer, as the unconscious finds its expression into consciousness through movement. For that reason, Butoh movements can tap into both physiological and emotional aspects of the body, embrace the entirety of time lived from birth, and arise from intuition or spirituality. “The manifestation of these inner elements and transformation from one to another are not expressed through techniques; rather, they have already been present within the dancer’s body and are actualized out of their dormancy.” (Masaki Iwana, Essays on the Art and Philosophy of Butoh) Jessica and José will guide participants to experience their own physical expression of hidden inner elements through a day of Butoh.

Jessica Cottee is an IAHIP pre-accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, who trained at Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre and currently works with adults in private practice. With a background in languages and a passion for dance, she is curious about the ways of bringing a form to sensations and using creative practices as a vehicle for expressing uniqueness.

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IAHIP Autumn Workshops

Last Call for Participants for this Weekends Workshops

Saturday 22/09/18 Workshop 2 Just Say ‘YES’ – Applied Improvisation Comedy

Maureen Levy

The old saying that ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is born of the fact that humour reduces stress levels and improves mental health. Working therapeutically with any individual mirrors the improvisational comedy approach. It is two or more people cooperating in a process that is uncertain. There will be unexpected twists and turns that each party must adapt to, in order to work toward a satisfying conclusion. The skills of managing this process are very similar to those of the Improvisor.
Stress is due to the perception that our skills and abilities are not sufficient to meet the demands placed on us. Humour will adjust these perceptions by offering us a new view of our skills. Appropriate humour also can be used effectively in therapy, as it can help clients have an “Aha” moment as their perspective on a situation shifts.

Using the basic rules of Improvisational comedy, this workshop will introduce therapists to the basic techniques of Applied Improvisational Comedy in order to expand their creativity and flexibility with their client work, and also bring great joy and laughter into their own lives.
This workshop is experiential and fun, teaching us to listen and be fully present in the moment. It is deeply profound and transformational work that continuously positively impacts the lives of everyone who has participated.

Sunday 23/09/18 Workshop 3. Purely Elemental (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)

Patricia Chalmers

Purely Elemental aims to explore the subtle qualities of the elements and their influence on the way we think, feel and act. The workshop offers some input, guided meditation and an opportunity for reflective …read more

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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.

Our next weekend will continue our focus on true …read more

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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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