These are posts that have been republished from websites run by the member organizations of ICP, as well as other posts related to psychotherapy in Ireland.


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

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

Monica Whyte appointed as President of European Family Therapy Association (EFTA)


It is with great pleasure that we announce Monica Whyte’s recent appointment as President of the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA). It is the first time that Ireland has held this position and is a testament to Monica’s work on our behalf in Europe.

Monica previously served as Chair of the NFTO section of EFTA since 2013 and has represented FTAI in Europe for many years.

We are extremely proud of Monica, whose hard work and popularity in Europe is reflected in her appointment as President of EFTA.

We send her every good wish in her new and exciting role.

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

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.

This will be held …read more

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

09 Feb 2019 08:00 : Darian Leader – Sleep and Dreams

Darian Leader, psychoanalyst, author and international speaker will speak on this problem which many of us suffer from.

Bookings on Eventbrite

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Original post: Psychoanalytic Section Events Calendar

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

Original post: Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy

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

Original post: IAHIP Classified Ads related to CPD

Imelda McCarthy Festschrift

Brochure 1

A Festschrift for Imelda McCarthy Phd was held in December last in the University of Bedfordshire, who created a Fifth Province to celebrate one of systemic field’s pioneers. A wonderful occasion – as shown in the photos below! Congratulations Imelda!

Imelda and Michael McCarthy
Nollaig Byrne, Monica McGoldrick, Imelda, Phil and Laura Fruggeri (Milan)
gail and Imelda
Irish group back at Dublin Airport

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Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

A 2019 Resolution: Go Off Script

Psychology Today 6 January 2019

Emily Green Psy.D.
There Is Always Another Part
A 2019 Resolution: Go Off Script
This year, let’s challenge the rigid life narratives that keep us stuck.
If you had told me five years ago that this holiday season I would be wearing a Christmas sweater with a cat in a Santa hat on it, while proudly proclaiming myself a “cat mom,” I would have told you that you had lost it.
I was a dog person. I am a dog person. But as it turns out, as I discovered after stumbling upon and eventually taking in a meowing, underfed creature in my closed-in courtyard in Brooklyn one day in May of 2015, I am also a cat person.
I won’t lie, my insistence on my “dog person” identity probably almost stopped me from taking the plunge and welcoming a cat into my life. To do so would be to go against the narrative that I had written for myself, the collections of stories and beliefs and experiences that make up “who I am”. And had I stuck to the script- I’m a dog person, I can’t have a cat- I would have missed out on exploring an entirely different part of myself, a chance to flesh out a range of interests, emotions, and interpersonal connections that had been previously untapped. Now I buy Christmas sweaters with cats on them and have 491 photos of my own cat on my phone.
I tell this story as a suggestion to us all – and a reminder to myself- to make 2019 the year of shedding our attachment to the rigid narratives we spin for ourselves, particularly the ones that keep us from growing and expanding our lives. We all have a narrative about ourselves, who we are, who we expect to be, what we expect …read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

Shane Carthy: ‘I was two years wearing that mask, but internally I was crumbling’

Dublin footballer on the challenges of tackling his mental health issues
Irish Times Tue, Jan 8, 2019, 06:00
Ian O’Riordan

The last thing Shane Carthy wants or expects right now is to walk back on to the Dublin panel.
Not with his utterly changed perspective on life and football and everything else in between. Or indeed his heightened sense of what exactly constitutes success.
What he does want, and expects of himself, is to give it his best shot, and whether that’s good enough time will tell.
In the meantime the telling of his story, his crippling and at times terrifying experience with depression in the aftermath of Dublin’s All-Ireland winning success of 2013, to breaking point a year later, aged only 19 and the rising star of the county under-21 team, has been proving both therapeutic and rewarding.
It has been the latter in helping him realise how fortunate he’s been to come through it all, including the good and bad days with Dublin football.

Six days before Christmas, in a lengthy online blog, Carthy wrote frankly and eloquently about his journey over the last four and a half years.
It detailed, without overdramatising, the downward spiral which, days after producing a man-of-the-match display in Dublin’s 2014 Leinster under-21 final win over Meath, saw him wake up in St Patrick’s Mental Hospital.
Only then did he begin to face up to “the inner demons I had kept away from for many years”.
Under the very deliberate headline ‘I’m No Longer Surviving, I’m Living!’, Carthy also explains what ultimately brought him back to where he is now, just turned 24 and more determined to ever to revive his football career with Dublin.
“The first intention with the blog was to busy myself, to give something back to myself, positively, and maybe further afield in the sporting community,” says Carthy, who in …read more

Original post: Family Therapy Association of Ireland

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: