Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy –

A Stepping Stone to A Career in Counselling and Psychotherapy


This 60 hour Certificate Course is an Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a foundation-level counselling and psychotherapy course with a difference!

The course is highly-interactive and combines personal development, counselling skills, and an introduction to some of the main theoretical approaches in counselling and concludes with a mindfulness workshop.

This Course serves as an excellent introduction to the area of counselling, and teaches general counselling skills that will benefit people in both their personal and professional lives, particularly those who regularly work with the public.

Our adult learners frequently describe the course as ‘a life-changing experience’, which many see as the most valuable outcome of taking the course. No previous experience is necessary to embark on the course. A willingness to participate and openness to learning is encouraged. The programme offers an access opportunity if you wish to return to education, and is a springboard for anyone wishing to follow professional training in this field.

At ICPPD personal development, self-awareness and creative expression is seen as key components of any training and education programme.

Course Content

  1. A Personal Development Module where adult learners are required to participate in personal awareness exercises, tutorials and discussions on – mental health issues, self-esteem, assertiveness training and interpersonal communication skills.
  2. An Introduction to Theory Module, where learners are introduced to some of the primary theoretical approaches in counselling, including Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural and Transpersonal Approaches.
  3. Counselling Skills and Practice Module, learners are introduced to basic counselling skills through experiential practice.
  4. A Mindfulness and Mindful-Living Workshop completes the course and supports the Holistic focus of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Interested candidates are required to complete application form, plus a brief interview (which may be conducted over the telephone) .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to

  • communicate more effectively in your relationships

  • use counselling skills to develop more authentic relationships and to express yourself

  • reflect on your ability to change and make decisions and choices in your life

  • discuss the history and development of counselling and psychotherapy

  • practice mindfulness to support and improve your mental health
  • own and appreciate your self-worth as a person in your life journey


Assessment for this course is

  • A 1,500 word reflection on your personal growth

  • A 1,500 word essay on a theory presented

  • Participation in a 15 minute counselling skills’ interview

Satisfactory completion of this course leads to the award of an ICPPD Certificate in Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Those who complete this Certificate have the option, subject to successful application and interview, to apply for entry onto the ICPPD Bachelor of Arts degree in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.


 “I did the ‘Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy’ course in October and found it absolutely fantastic. I had never done anything like this before. I did it for myself, to learn more about coping with my own feelings. This course thought me so much, I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved learning more about myself and my capabilities and was surprised at how much confidence I gained from doing this course.The working within a group and group sessions was amazing. The tutors were brilliant in every way. Everyone was so understanding, patient and kind. I loved this course so much that I have decided to follow on and do the full four-year degree course. I am looking forward to learning more. I would like to say a very big Thank You to ICPPD and I am so glad that I did this course.” Breda Lynch 

“I have just completed Introduction to Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy Course at ICPPD. I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to learn self-awareness and gain skills that encourage living holistically in the here and now. I loved every aspect of all three modules of this course and I got to know wonderful people along the way. I now have a greater understanding of what is required to become a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and I am curious to learn more.”  Nora Tiernan 

 “I wholeheartedly recommend ICPPD. The introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy course was an excellent course. I liked everything about this course, the content was excellent with the three modules of personal development, counselling skills and introduction to theory of counselling and were facilitated by three excellent tutors. I have become more self- aware and completing the assignments helped me learn and has given me more confidence in everyday living. The course has instilled a great deal of self- belief and understanding my own well- being which I can carry with me into the next chapter of my journey.

This course has prepared me very well for the BA in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy of which I intend to do. I made lots of new friends and we continue to stay in touch. There was a great atmosphere in all the classes. I loved every moment of this course.” Paula Mulligan

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  • Venues:
    Creggan Court Hotel,
    Co. Westmeath N37 YW25
    Connacht Hotel,
    Dublin Road, Galway,
    H91 K5DD
  • Application:
    Payment plan options may be available – please contact ICPPD for more information. To secure a place, please complete the application form and forward with a (non-refundable) deposit of €100 and two passport photos to ICPPD
  • Commencement Dates:
    Tuesday 8th October 2019

    Contact ICPPD for delivery dates and further details.
  • Duration:
    60 hour course
  • Schedule:
    This course is usually delivered one evening per week (7.00pm - 10.00pm) for 3 months and includes 2 Saturdays (10am-5.00pm)
  • Application Fee:
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