School of Psychotherapy

At Independent Colleges we provide a full range of training programmes in Psychotherapy, from undergraduate level through to Master’s level. These programmes are both academically and clinically rigorous. They allow the successful student to reach a standard of knowledge and expertise that will lead to professional accreditation as a Psychotherapist.

Courses Available:

BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Level 8) - part time

M.A in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – day and evening programmes

Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies- part time

Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies- part-time

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is of particular interest to those who are intrigued by questions about how the mind works and what motivates people. The role of the psychotherapist is to assist the individual to overcome the psychological difficulties that they may encounter in life. In order to this, the psychotherapist must have a thorough understanding of how the mind works, how we develop particular interests, what motivates people and how and why interests and motivations sometimes veer away from norms and lead people into difficulties.

This idea is based on the notion that we are sometimes led to do, to feel or to think in a certain way by activities of the mind they can’t easily make sense of and that they find disturbing. Though we can know quite a lot of what goes on in our mind, we have all had the experience of being surprised at times by our reactions to events, or taken aback by sudden thoughts or memories that seem to come unbidden into our awareness.  Some people also find themselves seemingly compelled towards certain actions, or unable to rid themselves of certain thoughts, beliefs or feelings, despite their best efforts. These unwanted thoughts, feelings and desires are related to the unconscious, which may be thought of as a kind of accumulation of problematic thoughts, intrusive memories, and unacceptable desires that have been repressed, or quarantined. Since these thoughts, feelings, and desires have usually been repressed at an early stage in a person’s life, their later intrusion can have a very primitive and disturbing quality. Sometimes certain circumstances or certain events in a person’s life contrive to spark off, or re-stimulate these repressed thoughts.

Difficulties or distress in a person’s life can then become so serious that it affects their relationships, their work and their sense of well-being. Psychotherapy attempts to address these thoughts and feelings by exploring their source.  Where the difficulties that a person encounters lie in the present, psychotherapy provides the context in which the person can find new ways to overcome their problems. Where the source of person’s difficulties lies in the past, this may be as a result of some event or situation in their own history that they are aware of but haven’t resolved.  In such a situation, psychotherapy can help the person to revisit their history in order to come to terms with whatever has transpired.

Psychotherapy is a field that is rapidly developing in Ireland. Psychotherapists are employed in the health services working with adults and children. Psychotherapists also work in many caring professional organizations which address mental health issues. Some psychotherapists also work in the prison service, dealing with both adult and young offenders.

Many psychotherapists in Irelandwork in private practice with clients who are referred by their GP or psychiatrist, or who self-refer in order to address particular issues in their lives.

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