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Ireland’s leading Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Training and Education Third Level College.

ICPPD is a third level Adult Education College in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, providing training and education in the arena of the helping professions, in particular the field of Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Personal and Professional Development, Creativity, Expressive Arts and Spirituality.

Our mission is to achieve and maintain a standard of Excellence in our Programmes, Adult Learners and in our Staff as Educators, through a Combined Commitment to a Person Centred, Holistic Approach for the Individual Learner.

Our vision is to inspire, encourage and support you in your journey towards wholeness.


Awards at ICPPD

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Tom Moran receiving the IACP Midlands Regional Award in recognition of his contribution to the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
This award honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the counselling profession.




  • Catherine,

    "Dear Tom and Christine, I wanted to say thank you for a unique but beneficial 3 years with ICPPD. I am on my own path now and loving it. If I can be of any help to the college in the future whether it be through talking either about my time with you or whatever else suits you I will only be too delighted to support the college."

  • John, (Diploma in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy)

    "Commencing the 3 year Diploma in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy was a big step for me. I considered the emotional, intellectual, financial and time commitment involved and decided this was a good investment in my future. At the end of year one I am delighted with the course and my progress to date."

  • Paula,

    "I completed my degree in counselling a few years ago and Christine was a lecturer of mine. Christine Moran who runs this course is a superb educator and wonderful spiritual guide."

  • Paul, (Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy)

    "This course really prepared me for my progression onto a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I enjoyed being part of the group, the various exercises and the way it was facilitated."

  • Marguerite,

    "I loved being part of the group for a year; it gave me the opportunity to try out new ways of relating which helped in my personal relationships. I think anyone would benefit from doing this course.​"

  • V. Doyle , (BA Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy)

    “I studied at ICPPD for 4 years.  I loved it. You gain a deeper knowledge of who you are. It isn’t easy but growth is always nurtured. I cannot recommend this third level institution enough. Thank you, academic excellence achieved in a personal manner that belies all.”

  • Mary Lynch, (Certificate in Personal Development)

    “Absolutely inspirational and life changing course, I would highly recommend it – suitable for all ages and life stages”

  • Fionnuala Mitchel , Athlone group

    I have just had the most amazing 3 years with ICPPD. The staff created the most warm, professional and supportive environment and made adult learning possible and fun. Their standards are extremely high and I feel equipped and ready to face the world with my new degree in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Thanks everyone a journey I will never forget.

  • Marianne, Inner Child Workshop

    "I came to the Inner Child Workshop with much hope for my client work and came away with the most amazing inner experience and awareness, concerning myself. I am truly grateful and recommend this workshop highly."