About Us

Our Approach

The legacy of our founders is strong in the ethos of our organizational structure and in the delivery of our programmes.  We are committed to demonstrating, through our work and personal interactions, respect for individuals and groups irrespective of ethnic origins, cultural background, status, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, or disability.

The development of a learning community, which reaches out beyond its own borders to the wider society and influences its development, is central to our mission.  Ensuring the quality and relevance of our students’ experience is at the heart of our approach to learning and teaching.  This includes not only the cognitive development of the student but also their personal development, attitudes, values and practical skills.

As well as providing a thorough grounding in theory and professional skills,  Gestalt Institute programmes reflect our deep commitment to the centrality of the personal development of the therapist.  This principle and the emphasis on the dialogical relationship at the heart of the therapeutic encounter underpins both the structure and method of delivery of all our work.

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma offers an exciting journey into self-awareness, with lots of opportunity for continued development not only as a therapist but also as a person.  The curriculum balances personal development, skills, professional issues and theory and students are expected to be active learners sharing responsibility for their growth and some elements of programme design.

A highly experiential teaching style is adopted throughout the training as live therapy is conducted and reflected upon in a supportive environment.  Students are encouraged to become competent, ethical and reflexive practitioners operating from a research-informed and research active stance which integrates theory and practice.  We are very proud of our record of producing not just qualified but quality psychotherapists, able to work effectively in a variety of professional settings and taking a leading role in the field of psychotherapy in Ireland.

  • Beatrice Barry Murphy

    Beatrice Barry Murphy

    Beatrice Barry Murphy

    Beatrice Barry Murphy completed her Gestalt Therapy training with IGC...
  • Brenda Boland

    Brenda Boland

    Bsc. Dip. IGC, MA, MIACP, MPT.Irl, UKCP reg.psychotherapist

    Brenda Boland

    Bsc. Dip. IGC, MA, MIACP, MPT.Irl, UKCP reg.psychotherapist
    Brenda has a background in social care, teaching and business.  She...
  • Billy Desmond

    Billy Desmond

    MBA, Dip Gestalt, MSc Gestalt. Cert. Sup. UKCP and ECP registered

    Billy Desmond

    MBA, Dip Gestalt, MSc Gestalt. Cert. Sup. UKCP and ECP registered
    Billy is a psychotherapist, supervisor, OD practitioner, and dialogical educator.  His...
  • Ursula Devaney

    Ursula Devaney

    Dip IGC, MIAHIP

    Ursula Devaney

    Dip IGC, MIAHIP
    Ursula is an IAHIP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist and an accredited...
  • Julien Joly

    Julien Joly

    Dip IGC, IAHIP, Dip BSS-DO

    Julien Joly

    Dip IGC, IAHIP, Dip BSS-DO
    Julien is a Gestalt psychotherapist, a graduate of The Irish...
  • Mick Lee

    Mick Lee

    B.C.L., Dip IGC, MIAHIP

    Mick Lee

    B.C.L., Dip IGC, MIAHIP
    Mick is an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist having trained with the...
  • Dan McCarthy

    Dan McCarthy

    B.A., H. Dip. Ed., MIAHIP

    Dan McCarthy

    B.A., H. Dip. Ed., MIAHIP
    Dan graduated from N.U.I., Maynooth College, with a degree in...
  • Tricia Norris

    Tricia Norris

    BA[Hons] PGCE, Dip IGC, MA, MBACP, MIAHIP

    Tricia Norris

    BA[Hons] PGCE, Dip IGC, MA, MBACP, MIAHIP
    Tricia is a BACP senior registered practitioner and IAHIP accredited...
  • Catherine Power

    Catherine Power

    Dip IGC, Dip Supervision, MIAHIP

    Catherine Power

    Dip IGC, Dip Supervision, MIAHIP
    Catherine is an experienced therapist who has worked in the...
  • Máire McDonagh

    Máire McDonagh

    Administrator

    Máire McDonagh

    Administrator
    Máire is Company Secretary of the Gestalt Institute of Ireland...