MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy


The Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy is a level 9 award validated by IT Carlow.

The programme has an innovative design based on a spiral curriculum  consists of four modules. During modules 1-3 all years train together as one residential community with equal weight given to skills, theory and personal development.  An integrated approach to their delivery is facilitated by the experiential structure of the course which affords many opportunities to link theory and practice and foster the development of a reflexive practitioner

  • Modules 1-3, are delivered over 4 years as a part-time residential programme. In addition to attendance at workshops and study days, students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the programme.

Students not progressing to Module 4 will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Level 9, 60 credits).  This part of the programme is accredited by IAHIP and IACP and on successful completion all students will be eligible to begin their accreditation process with one of these bodies.

  • Module 4 is the dissertation module. Delivered over 18 months, this module includes some taught weekends as well as individual supervisions/tutorials.  Successful completion of all four modules will result in the award of Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy.

See detailed Programme structure.

At the end of year 2 students are assessed for readiness to begin a clinical placement.  During this placement they are required to complete a minimum 200 hours client work and receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited, IGC approved supervisor.

The IGC programme provides a warm, nourishing community that facilitates learning within a group environment.  Students are encouraged to be active participants in their own learning and involved members of a learning community.  On graduation from the programme further training and support is available including a post practicum group, CPD workshops in Ireland and Europe, training in group facilitation and supervision and advanced workshops led by international experts.


Life after training

Once you have completed Modules 1-3 you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a psychotherapist. For details how to gain and maintain accreditation please refer the relevant professional organisation website.

There is a thriving post-training group which meets regularly and provides many opportunities for networking. Its members are generous with their support for therapists embarking on their careers.

Post-practicum reflection groups and CPD opportunities with international trainers ensure that graduates are well supported after they finish their training.

Our Graduates

Since 1983, the IGC training has consistently produced therapists of quality not just qualified therapists.  It has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally and its graduates work in a wide range of places including universities, colleges, the HSE, voluntary organisations and private practice.  See Graduate Testimonials.


Entry to the training programme is at graduate or equivalent level.  Selection is made on the basis of personal development as well as prior experience and academic aptitude.  In line with research evidence, we believe that the person of the therapist, and the strength of the relationships they are able to make, are the most important factors in predicting good therapeutic outcome. More information on Admission criteria.


IGC programmes are delivered at Teach Bhride, a Holistic Education Centre in Tullow, Co. Carlow.  Accommodation is in single rooms some of which are en-suite.  The venue has been highly commended by students, external examiners and IT Carlow as particularly well suited to the delivery of psychotherapy training.  Accommodation fees are payable directly to the venue and are not included in programme fees.  Food is of a high standard and all meals and snacks are included at a fee of €56 per day.


Every member of IGC staff is a highly experienced and currently practising therapist.  Their experience is both complementary and diverse and includes supervision, group dynamics, play therapy, bodywork, teaching at Masters level and research. Staff members are active in professional associations and some have served on their governing bodies.

Cumulatively the team has more than 150 years of clinical and teaching experience.  Details of staff, their interests and qualifications can be found on the Training staff page.


Modules 1-3

Fees are €4,400 per year plus an annual IT Carlow student registration fee of €250.00. Once registered as an IT Carlow student, you will receive a student card and can claim tax relief on your fees. Fees are payable by bank transfer.

Module 4

Dissertation module fees are €6,600 plus an IT Carlow student registration fee of €250.00. We would normally expect students to submit their dissertation within an 18 month period. If the student does not submit the dissertation within this time-frame there will be additional costs.

In addition to programme fees:

  • Students are required to attend personal therapy for the duration of modules 1-3 at their own expense.
  • Students on clinical placement are required to attend supervision in a ratio of 1 supervision to every 4 client sessions at their own expense.
  • All students must be members of a professional association and subject to that body’s Code of Ethics.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for the Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy please complete the Application Form and email to

Programme Dates 2017-2018

Modules 1-3

October 2017                                                     Wednesday 04th   –   Sunday 08th

January 2018                                                     Wednesday 03rd   –   Sunday 07th

April 2018                                                           Wednesday 04th  –   Sunday 08th

June 2018                                                           Friday 15th           –   Sunday 24th

Module 4

September 2017                                                 Friday 01st            –  Sunday 03rd

February 2018                                                    Friday 16th           –   Sunday 18th

July 2018                                                            Friday 27th           –  Sunday 29th


Plus: individual supervisions to be negotiated with academic supervisor


Personal Development Programme

See Our Graduate Testimonials

Personal Development Programme

The IGC one-year residential personal development programme is designed for people interested in self-awareness and personal growth who may benefit from Gestalt skills in their own personal and professional lives.  It consists of 4 three-day workshops (Friday-Saturday-Sunday), adding up to a total of 12 working days.  Meditation, awareness, grounding, bodywork and dream-work are all explored during this year of personal growth.  Participants work at a deep level in a small, supportive group with experienced facilitators.

The programme will provide you with practical tools for stress management and conflict resolution. Whether you work in caring profession, where communication and relationship skills are important, or you wish to explore your personal and professional relationships with a view to making your life richer and more personally fulfilling, this programme is for you.

Gestalt is an experiential approach which invites each of us into awareness and personal ‘response-ability’.  To be effective in our own lives, we need to be in good contact with ourselves and these weekends will offer you an opportunity to experiment with new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment.

Completion of the one-year personal development programme will be taken into account when making an application for the MA/PG Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy.

Dates:     13th – 15th October 2017

01st – 03rd December 2018

09th – 11th February 2018

11th – 13th May 2018

Venue:    The programme is residential and delivered at Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow.  Accommodation is in single rooms some of which are en-suite.

Cost:        €1200.00:  A non-refundable deposit of €200.00 is required in order to secure your place.  Preferable method of payment is by bank transfer.  Accommodation & meals are not included in this fee but can be booked separately with Teach Bhride (059-9152465).

Facilitators: Ursula Devaney & Julien Joly

Applications: If you wish to apply for the Personal Development Programme please email for an application form.


This summer the IGC are running Personal Development Workshop weekends in Galway and Waterford. Please see details below:

 Invitation to Awareness- Personal Development Workshop

  • Do you work in a caring profession where communication and relationship skills are important?
  • Are you considering becoming a counsellor?
  • Do you want to improve your personal relationships?
  • Would you like to explore, expand and deepen your awareness?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this workshop is for you.  Gestalt is an experiential approach which invites each of us into awareness and personal ‘response-ability’.  We need to be able to make good contact with ourselves and others if we are to be effective in our lives. This weekend offers an opportunity to experiment with new ways of relating in a safe and supportive environment.

Galway Venue

Course facilitated by Ursula Devaney & Julien Joly

DATE:    Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 2017

TIME:     10.00am  – 5.00pm

VENUE:  Granary Therapy Centre, The Granary Suites, 58 Dominick Sreet, Galway

COST:    €250.00 (€220 if booked before 24 May & for students on eligible counselling courses).  Payment by bank transfer. Cost                     includes teas and coffees.

CPD :     12 hours

APPLICATIONS :  If you wish to attend please email or contact the office on 091-452013 for your application form.

This workshop serves as an introduction to IGC training programmes.  For further details about our programmes go to


Waterford Venue

Course facilitated by Catherine Power & Mick Lee

DATE:    Saturday 01st July & Sunday 02nd July  2017

TIME:     10.00am – 5.00pm

VENUE:  Johns College Library, Respond Johns College,The Folly, Waterford

COST:    €250.00 (€220 if booked before 24 May & for students on eligible counselling courses).  Payment by bank transfer. Cost                    includes teas and coffees.

CPD :     12 hours

APPLICATIONS :  If you wish to attend please email or contact the office on 091-452013 for your application form.

This workshop serves as an introduction to IGC training programmes.  For further details about our programmes go to

Course Facilitators

Catherine Power Dip IGC, Dip Supervision, MIAHIP.

Catherine is an experienced therapist who has worked in the field for more than twenty years.  She trained with Accord, first as a couples counsellor and then as a supervisor, and continues to work and supervise in that organisation.  She completed her training in Gestalt Therapy with the Irish Gestalt Centre in 2003.  Other trainings include ‘Working with couples from a Gestalt Relational Perspective’, training in trauma and training as a psychosexual therapist.  Catherine is experienced in working with issues of domestic violence.  She  completed the Dublin Gestalt Centre’s Gestalt supervision course and is an accredited supervisor with  IAHIP and is now seeing supervisees.  She has a special interest in relationship issues and the impact of addiction on families.

Mick Lee B.C.L., Dip IGC, MIAHIP.

Mick is an accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist having trained with the Irish Gestalt Centre.

Prior to qualifying as a Psychotherapist he worked for many years as a Solicitor owning and managing his own practice. He has a keen insight into the pressures people work under.

Mick fervently believes in the Socratic concept that “a life unexamined is a life not worth living”. He believes that personal development [including examining the relationship one has with oneself and in turn how one relates to others] is the most effective antidote to life’s stressors.

Mick facilitates a Personal Development module at a Masters level in Waterford Institute of Technology. He facilitates groups with MEND [a programme designed to deal with domestic violence.]

He has a busy private practice in Waterford working with individuals and groups.

He also works with clients in the Solas Cancer Support Centre in Waterford.

Ursula Devaney Dip IGC, MIAHIP.

Ursula Devaney is a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Accredited with Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (I.A.H.I.P.). Ursula is also an accredited Counsellor with Rape Crisis Network Ireland and is experienced in working with survivors of sexual violence, as well as family members and supports of survivors. Currently working as the outreach worker for the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan

Ursula has a private practice in Sligo and works with both individuals and couples in Relationship counselling. Ursula is passionate about group work and is experienced in delivering workshops on different topics such as personal development and resilience.

Julien Joly Dip IGC, MIAHIP, Dip BSS-DO

Julien Joly is a Gestalt psychotherapist, a graduate of The Irish Gestalt Centre and is accredited with IAHIP. Julien has worked in the therapeutic field for 20 years, exploring and working through the lens of a holistic approach. He is passionate about the energetics of a body/mind/environment system. As well as practising Gestalt, he has an established Shiatsu Therapy practise in Galway since 2001. Other modalities he practices include Remedial Pilates.

Julien works on a one to one basis, but he also facilitates groups for personal development and the training of therapists in Shiatsu for Shiatsu College Dublin.

Julien works with Trauma, sexual abuse, social phobia, anxiety, depression, addictions, LGBT issues, and relationships dynamics.

Prior to ‘Therapy’ Julien was a professional dancer in London.


CPD Courses

IGC Diploma in Clinical Supervision

Programme Structure

This programme emphasises the relational and embodied nature of supervision and is supported a consistent theoretical and ethical framework.  It focuses on practice and provides a thorough grounding in the practical skills and knowledge needed by the supervisor.

The following topics will be the basis for the workshops. This list is not exhaustive and other topics will emerge from the specific interests of participants.

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to the Seven-eyed model of Hawkins & Shohet.

Differences between counselling/psychotherapy and supervision.

Contracting with Supervisees.

  • Workshop 2: Parallel Process in Supervisory Practice.

Stages of the Supervisory Relationship. (Stoltenberg & Delworth)

  • Workshop 3: The Therapeutic Relationship: Working with Transference andCounter-Transference.
  • Workshop 4: Ethical Principles and Practice.Styles of Authority in Supervision.
  • Workshop 5: Creativity in Supervisory Practice.
  • Workshop 6: Shame in the Supervisory Space.
  • Workshop 7: Group Supervision and Leadership Styles.
  • Workshop 8: Cross-cultural Supervision.

Participants must work with at least two supervisees for a minimum of 50 hours during the duration of the programme. All practice must be supervised by an accredited supervisor.

Professional Accreditation

The programme is designed to meet the criteria for IAHIP and IACP accreditation as a supervisor. It is being submitted to IT Carlow, IGC’s collaborative partner, for NFQ validation.


The programme is open to suitably experienced Counsellors/Psychotherapists from a Gestalt or Humanistic/Integrative training who have completed five years of post-accreditation practice.


Venue:                        Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Costs:                         €2,800.00

Dates 2017:                  Oct. 27th & 28th                    Dec. 1st & 2nd

Dates 2018:                Jan. 19th & 20th               March 9th & 10th

                                  April 27th & 28th              Sept. 14th & 15th

                                  Oct. 19th & 20th               Nov. 30th & Dec 1st.

 Application Process

For an application form please contact The completed form must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of €400.00 and the names of two referees.

The course will complete in February, 2019 on receipt of all written work, supervisors’ reports and external course evaluation.


Gianni Francesetti  Workshop February 2017

“Absence is a bridge between us – Gestalt therapy with depressive experiences”

This workshop provides theoretical frameworks and practical skills to improve specific competences for psychotherapists working with clients who experience depression.

Depressive experiences have a range of different manifestations each requiring specific treatments and supports. Therapists need to know how to distinguish them and how to orientate in working with these sufferings.

The W.H.O. rates depression as the fourth most urgent global health problem and estimates that by 2020 it will have risen to second place. The workshop will explore why this suffering is so widespread and increasing in our society?  It will address what risks, resources, tools, therapeutic position, kind of contact and relationship the therapist has to be able to consider in order to work with this particular client presentation.

Gianni Francesetti, lives in Turin where he practises as psychotherapist, psychiatrist and supervisor.  He is President of the European Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy, a member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.  He is the author of many articles, chapters, and books in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy, including Francesetti G., Absence is a Bridge Between us. Gestalt Therapy approach to depressive experiences (2015), Francesetti, Gecele, Roubal (2013), Gestalt therapy in Clinical Practice,), Panic Attacks and Postmodernity (2007), FrancoAngeli).

To apply please email or call 091-452013.


Diploma in Supervision (2 year course) 2015-2016/2016-2017

facilitated by

Dan McCarthy BA, H.Dip (Ed), Dip IGC, MIAHIP

The course operates over two years, with four 2-day workshops offered each year.  The here and now focus of Gestalt and its emphasis on the primacy of dialogue and relationship means it offers an invaluable approach to working with supervisees.  The course meets the criteria for accreditation as a supervisor. The course will consist of eight two day workshops over two years. All workshops will take place between October and May each year.

Venue:                       Oakland House Creative Centre, Baltyboy, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Date:                         Fri and Sat October 23rd and 24th and Fri and Sat December 11th and 12th 2015

Time:                         09.30a.m. – 5.30p.m.

Cost:                         €2800.00 (€1400.00 payable Year 1 & €1400.00 payable Year 2)

Facilitator:                The course will be facilitated by Dan McCarthy. Dan is a practising Gestalt therapist and supervisor and is also a trainer on IGC’s post-graduate training programme. He supervises therapists in private practice as well as in organisational settings. He has completed a two year training programme with the Italian Gestalt Institute on ‘Psychopathology and Contemporary Disturbances’ and attends an annual supervision workshop for graduates of that programme.

If you wish to apply for this course please email or contact 091-452013.