Meet Our Team

Beatrice Barry Murphy

Beatrice Barry Murphy

Beatrice Barry Murphy completed her Gestalt Therapy training with IGC in 1998 and currently works in her private practice in Co Wexford In her role as Senior Health Promotion Officer with the HSE she coordinated and trained participants to deliver the Family Communications and Self Esteem programme throughout the South East Region.For 25 years she facilitated the S.P.H.E. Programme in the region and was instrumental in upgrading the Extra Mural Certificate in S.P.H.E. to Higher Diploma and Masters level at Waterford Institute of Technology. Currently, Beatrice works for the Social Health & Education Project under the Directorship of Jim Sheehan, co-facilitating a Reflective Practice Programme with Managers and Workers who are engaged in Youth Organisations in the South East. In 2009 Beatrice was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by WIT for her pioneering work in Social Personal and Health Education
Brenda Boland

Brenda Boland

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

Brenda has a background in social care, teaching and business.  She has a private therapy and supervision practice in Clonmel and also works with HSE Primary Care.  After finishing her initial training with IGC she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Play.  She has an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London) and recently completed a two-year Diploma in Supervision with The Dublin Gestalt Centre.  Brenda is qualified to work therapeutically with adults, children and couples and has completed a Sensorimotor Trauma Training Level 1.  Her particular interests are trauma, neuroscience, development of the child in relationship and the use of creative media in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Brenda teaches on all the MA/Postgraduate Diploma modules.
Billy Desmond

Billy Desmond

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

Billy is a psychotherapist, supervisor, OD practitioner, and dialogical educator.  His practice includes working one to one, with couples and with groups.  He is a committed embodied practitioner-researcher with a particular interest in expressive form and early developmental movement.  Billy is guest faculty at different Gestalt training institutes and a certified trainer of Ruella Frank’s Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy. He regularly presents at conferences and has published several peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters on subjects such as; group work, experiential ways of knowing, sustainability, spirituality, homophobia and working with gay men.  He has co-authored a book, Introduction to Gestalt (Sage, 2013). He is a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Gestalt Review.  As a committed social change activist he is currently setting up a charity Bronntanas for LGBTQIA people in non-urban communities. Billy teaches across all modules of the MA/Postgraduate Diploma and leads the Gestalt Approaches to Psychotherapy programme.
Ursula Devaney

Ursula Devaney

Dip IGC, MIAHIP

Ursula is an IAHIP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist and an accredited counsellor with Rape Crisis Network Ireland.  She is experienced in working with survivors of sexual violence, as well as their family members and supporters.  Ursula is passionate about group work and experienced in delivering workshops on different topics such as personal development and resilience.  Ursula brings to her work her experiences of working in the Pharmaceutical Industry along with her skills as a Life Coach. Ursula is currently working as the outreach counsellor for the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan.  She also has a private practice in Sligo working with both individuals and couples. Ursula is part of the team which delivers Gestalt Institute personal development programmes.
Julien Joly

Julien Joly

Dip IGC, IAHIP, Dip BSS-DO

Julien 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 practice in Galway since 2001.  Prior to becoming a therapist Julien was a professional dancer in London and other modalities he practices include Remedial Pilates. Julien works on a one to one basis, facilitates groups for personal development and trains therapists in Shiatsu for Shiatsu College Dublin.  He works with trauma, sexual abuse, social phobia, anxiety, depression, addictions, LGBT issues, and relationships dynamics. Julien is part of the team which delivers Gestalt Institute personal development programmes.
Mick Lee

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 fully lived”.  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 and facilitates groups designed to deal with domestic violence.  He also works with clients in the Solas Cancer Support Centre in Waterford.  He has a busy private practice in Waterford working with individuals and groups. Mick is part of the team which delivers Gestalt Institute personal development programmes.
Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

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

Dan graduated from N.U.I., Maynooth College, with a degree in Sociology and History in 1974.  He taught in Milford, Co. Donegal from 1976 to 2009 and was involved in the development and implementation of Life Skills programmes.  This work sparked an interest in personal development and he attended a number of workshops in the Irish Gestalt Centre in the late 1980’s which eventually led to participation in the training programme from 1989 to 1993.  He continued to work in education and from 2000 to 2009 he worked as a Home/School/ Community Liaison Coordinator while developing his own private practice. He is an accredited psychotherapist and supervisor who works full time in private practice alongside his role in the Gestalt Institute.  Dan is the training co-ordinator for Modules 1-3 of the Masters/Postgraduate Diploma Programme.
Tricia Norris

Tricia Norris

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

Tricia is a BACP senior registered practitioner and IAHIP accredited therapist with more than 30 years experience in the field. After initial counsellor training at COMPASS in Liverpool , she trained in Gestalt Therapy with Joan O’Leary and Hank O’Mahony.  Subsequently she gained an MA in Counselling Studies at Keele University and completed an Advanced Psychotherapy and Supervision Training at PHYSIS with Professor Petruska Clarkson. Tricia has acted as an external examiner to university counselling courses and taught on counselling programmes at Masters level.  She has worked as an Accreditation Assessor with BACP and served on the Governing Body of IAHIP. Tricia is the CEO of the Gestalt Institute and is responsible for all its programmes.  Her particular interest and expertise is embodied psychotherapy, sexual and relational issues and applied research.  Tricia has a private practice which includes supervision, consultancy and training. Tricia teaches on all modules of the MA/Postgraduate Diploma and leads the Diploma in Groupwork programme.
Catherine Power

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 and has a special interest in relationship issues and the impact of addiction on families. She is an accredited IAHIP supervisor and has a private practice seeing individuals and couples. Catherine is responsible for clinical placements and teaches across Modules 1-3 of the MA/Postgraduate Diploma programme.  Catherine is also part of the team which delivers Gestalt Institute personal development programmes.
Máire McDonagh

Máire McDonagh

Administrator

Máire is Company Secretary of the Gestalt Institute of Ireland Ltd and IGC Ltd.  She is an experienced business administrator and has worked with the organisation since 2007.  She is a qualified accounting technician and a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee. She is the first point of contact and support for all prospective and current students and is happy to answer any queries you may have in relation to the programmes provided by the Gestalt Institute of Ireland. Contact details: 091-452013 Monday –  Thursday 10.00am – 2.00pm E-mail: admin@irishgestaltcentre.com