The mission of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy is to consolidate and promote psychotherapy as a free and independent profession. We do this by promoting the widest provision of psychotherapy for the public and encouraging high standards of training, practice and ongoing education of our psychotherapists so as to contribute to public health.


ICP is fully supportive of Minister for Health Simon Harris’, TD decision ‘…to proceed with the designation under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 of two distinct professions, counsellor and psychotherapist, each with its own register, under one registration board.’

Decision of Minister Simon Harris in relation to the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists under the Health and Social Care professionals Act 2005

The Council works with key stakeholders to achieve  the establishment of a statutory registration process for psychotherapists in line with other professions.

While we work through this process, the ICP upholds the gold standard for psychotherapists in Ireland through our membership of the European Association for Psychotherapy. We are the National Awarding Organisation for the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP).  This is the standard used across Europe to ensure quality and excellence.

Find out more about Psychotherapy and see how  ICP Therapists Are Different.