Explore the Transformative Journey of Becoming a Therapist

Journey So Far

Embarking on the Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy at IICP was the first step in my transformative journey towards becoming a therapist. As I progressed into the 4-year BSc Degree, the foundational knowledge I acquired in the first two years expanded my understanding of theory and practice and fostered significant personal growth.

When I began my clinical placement and started working with clients, my learning experience took on a new dimension. The theories and skills I had learned in class suddenly became practical and vivid.

Each interaction with a client enhanced my understanding and added depth to my journey. This path is more than just learning; it’s an evolution shaped by the support of peers, faculty, and supervision.

Self Care

Self-care is central to my practice, constantly deepening and building the relationship with myself, knowing my limits and when to slow down. Every conversation, lecture and client session enrich my experience, contributing to my development as a therapist.

My client day……

To prepare for the day, I arrive early and review notes from previous sessions, as well as any necessary paperwork and outcome measurement tools. Before seeing my first client, I take a moment to ground myself and become aware of my body and nervous system. This helps me be fully present and focused during each session. During the sessions, I work collaboratively with the clients to address their concerns and goals while actively listening and providing support.

What a session looks like

After each session, I take some time to reflect on our discussion and document any necessary notes to ensure continuity of care. Once my clients are finished for the day, I complete my notes and compile any necessary research for the next sessions. This might include reviewing treatment plans, researching new therapeutic techniques, or gathering materials for upcoming sessions.

Mental and emotional well-being

To maintain my mental and emotional well-being, which in turn allows me to be fully present and effective with clients, I schedule meetings with my supervisor and therapist. I also build in time for activities that help me unwind, like exercise, meditation, and playing music. In summary, my day can be long and demanding, but they are also incredibly rewarding. I feel privileged to be able to help my clients improve their mental health and well-being, and I take pride in the work that I do.

Finding the right course that supports your specific career goals is vital. To make your search that bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of some fantastic course options in Ireland to consider:

Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies January 2024 with IICP Our Certificate Programme is the perfect entry point for those considering a career in counselling and psychotherapy as it contains an excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development. All IICP teaching staff are therapy practitioners, which means they put their teaching into a real-world context. This programme is delivered using Blended Learning, including both on campus and online inputs

BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy January 2024 with IICP Our four year BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy is now accepting applications for the September 2023 intake. This innovative programme is validated by QQI and accredited by IACP, Ireland’s largest professional body. With a seamless transition from theory to practice, graduates of this programme are perfectly placed to pursue an enriching and fulfilling career as a therapist in the helping professions.

Higher Diploma in Science in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies with IICP Our two year Higher Diploma in Science in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies is now accepting applications for the September 2024 intake. This innovative programme is subject to validation by QQI. Designed in the style of a conversion or bridging programme, this two year training prepares learners to enter a professional practice masters. This programme does not in itself provide a professional qualification. This programme is aimed at non-counselling and/or psychotherapy graduates. It is primarily a conversion programme, and will set its graduates on the path towards becoming accredited members of our professional counselling and psychotherapy body.

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