Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

This course provides an introduction to counselling and psychotherapy theories with special emphasis on person-centred approaches. Using a combination of presentations, case studies, video and experiential exploration it gives students a broad introduction to counselling & psychotherapy approaches and skills and an opportunity for increasing self-awareness.

What will I experience?

  • History and Trends, Theories and Approaches
  • Humanistic – Existential, Person Centred Counselling Skills
  • Basic fundamentals of: Group Therapy, Solution Focussed Relationship therapy, Brief Therapy, Online/Telephone Counselling
  • CBT / MBCT interventions for anxiety management, depressive episodes and phobias
  • Psychotherapy for Trauma and Abuse - Models of trauma work, assessment and treatment planning
  • Counselling skills / Embedded counselling - The Skilled Helper Model, effective listening
  • Relationship / Couples counselling and models - Person Centred, Imago, Attachment based Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Psychiatry, Dual Diagnosis and DSM-5 - Connection between psychiatry and psychotherapy, looking at changes from DSM 4 to 5 and common areas e.g. anxiety
  • Online and formal telephone counselling
  • Common Problem areas e.g. Social Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Relationships, Suicidal ideation and resistance
  • Personal development - stress management e.g. mindfulness and MBSR. Having difficult conversations
  • Further study / career options

What opportunities might it lead to?

​On completion an individual will gain a basic understanding of Counselling and Psychotherapy which will provide essential knowledge in this area should a career be pursued.

Additional Information

Intended for people who wish to get a basic understanding of Counselling and Psychotherapy and how it can help overcome personal blocks to human growth.


Course Details

Course Fees:
Course Duration:
20 Weeks
Course Commencement Date:

7.00pm Monday 17 September 2018

Dept of Lifelong Learning

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Pauline Clarke Orohoe

Pauline is the Placement Coordinator for students on the Applied Social Studies course through the Department of Lifelong Learning.

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