Back in 1991 our pioneering co-founders Liam McCarthy (RIP) and Josephine Murphy, identifying a real need for supportive and inclusive training, founded the Personal Counselling Institute (now PCI College).
This was a time when mental health was not on the political, media or public agenda in Ireland. Liam and Josephine believed passionately in both personal development and high academic standards, both of which they combined with the foundation of the Personal Counselling Institute. The ground-breaking work pioneered by both Liam and Josephine helped begin the process to allow the counselling/psychotherapy profession to be seen on an equal footing with any other helping profession.
PCI College was set up with the intention of providing students with a broad education in counselling and psychotherapy and in 2001 the college became a Collaborative College of Middlesex University. Our programmes are characterised by an integrative, person-centred, approach to counselling & psychotherapy training. Through their extensive training, students are introduced to all the main theorists, as well as being afforded the opportunity to delve into important topics such as Abnormal Psychology, Loss & Grief, Substance Addictions, to name but a few. This expansive breadth of training, in conjunction with, the provision of high quality, user-friendly teaching, is one of the key factors that each year continues to attract many students to join the growing PCI College family of qualified counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists.
With over 20 years of experience, PCI College continue with our founders pioneering work by embracing the continued raising of academic standards in the context of proposed professional regulation, while still making training as accessible as possible; by continuing to set a high standard of personal development in training; by raising awareness around the huge range of issues that people still struggle with in this country - depression, anxiety, suicide, addictions, relationship difficulties, etc; and by promoting an integrative approach within our field, and with our fellow professionals.
PCI College is a leading provider of third level educational and continuing professional development courses in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychology and Personal & Professional Development in mental heatlh wellbeing. As a college, we are committed to the provision of expert training and education in the mental health and wellbeing field, in the private education sector and tailor-made training to specialist groups, with centres of excellence in Dublin & Cork.
Our clients include private individuals, the HSE, Government Departments, the Community & Voluntary sector and Commercial Organisations. Our BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is designed specifically to meet the current criteria for course recognition by relevant professional accrediting bodies.
“The course has opened up my mind and my emotions to all aspects of human life both positive and negative. Because of this, I believe I am a much more rounded person and the possibilities are endless. For me the practical application along with the academic understanding really enriches the course and results in a strong and full understanding of the philosophies, theories and practices” Susan Gorman BSc (Hons) in Addiction Counselling Graduate, Dublin City Centre
“I think the tutors are of an extremely high standard. So far I have received support in every area needed.” Donna Jordon BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate, Dublin City Centre
"The tutors are all excellent, in particular Antoinette and Susi. I found everybody very helpful during my time with PCI and all modules well presented. Thank you for such a good experience and increasing my appetite for knowledge in this fascinating area!" Georgina Kelly BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student, Dublin City Centre
“Although there were the usual quota of ups and downs, overall pci offered life changing support and modules throughout the four years. And it must be said that apart from the invaluable peer support - we were provided with excellent tutors who were interested in each student on such a personal level. The time with pci will not be remembered for many years to come.” Thomas Farrell BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student, Dublin City Centre
“Very good course suitable for persons of all age. Excellent lecturers.” Ian Macneill Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate, Dublin City Centre
“It was phenomenal and such a wonderful experience” Naledi kumalo Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate, Dublin City Centre