11th Feb 2016: ICP’s ‘Lunch and Learn’ seminar

The Irish Council for Psychotherapy Seminar

‘Psychotherapy is an effective talking therapy – but do we know who we are talking to?’


On Thursday 11th February 2016 from 12 noon to 2.30pm

In Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2.


Mental and emotional health is essential to our over-all wellbeing and allows us to thrive. Talking therapies are recognized as an effective intervention in managing anxiety, depression or trauma. However, psychotherapy is often described as ‘the best kept secret’ which means that often people may not know what it can offer; what areas of difficulty it addresses; who it is that delivers the service and what information – including quality assurance – should be sought before engaging in therapy.

The Seminar is aimed at clarifying some of the key questions that arise for people as they look for an appropriate professional to support their mental and emotional health.


Nessa Childers M.E.P. (Chair) – ‘understanding psychotherapy in the European and Irish Context’

Nessa Childers MEP, Independent, is a member of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI).  Ms Childers is also co-chair of the European Parliament’s Mental Health Interest Group.  Prior to her election to the European Parliament in 2009, Nessa worked as a psychoanalyst for over twenty years.

Trish Murphy –the on-going journey to becoming a psychotherapist of excellence’

Trish Murphy is a fully qualified and accredited psychotherapist, trainer, mediator and consultant. She has a weekly column in the Irish Times, is also the resident psychotherapist/agony aunt on the Ray D’Arcy Show on RTE and appears monthly on the morning show on TV3.

Richard Sadlier – ‘the value of talking therapies’

Richard Sadlier is a former professional football player, sports journalist, television pundit and a psychotherapist. Richard also teaches a module in mental fitness to transition year students.

Ellen O’Malley Dunlop  – ‘delivering  psychotherapy services to people who have suffered trauma’

Ellen O’Malley Dunlop has been the CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for the past 10 years. She is a Psychotherapist and Group Analyst and one of the founder members of the Irish Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She was recently appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Limerick. She is a candidate for the NUI Panel in the upcoming Seanad Eireann election.

Jean Manahan– ‘the case for (and against) statutory registration of psychotherapy’

Jean Manahan is the CEO of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She has a lengthy history of working in management in the not for profit sector.

A light lunch will be provided, there is no charge for the seminar but booking is essential as places are strictly limited. To book a place, please email admin@nullpsychotherapy-ireland.com or phone 01-9023819.