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.
"My memory of PCI is that it was one of the best experiences I have had in a learning environment. I am working as a marriage counsellor with Accord Kilkenny and I am now putting into practice what I learnt from your College. Thank you very much." Mary Curtin BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate Kilkenny
“My experience with PCI was the best decision in my life, I would rate PCI 10. I'm not saying it was easy, especially starting a new career at the age of 50, but I got through with a lot of hard work and dedication. Liam McCarthy and Josephine Murphy were an inspiration and all the other Tutors I had during the four years. Since I got my Degree I have been so busy counselling, only last week I was offered another new job, its amazing. Next year I will be 70 and hopefully the work will continue.” Rita Lett BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate Kilkenny
“My experience of studying with PCI has been a very positive one indeed. I loved Butler House as a venue; the tutors were really excellent and the presentations equally so.....I would give the whole experience 9 out of 10.” Catherine Rooney Certificate & BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate, Kilkenny
"Wonderful lecturers and experiential work" Alison Broder BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student, Kilkenny
“I was inspired by some great tutors and staff, I enjoyed working with those in my group and the Kilkenny venue and I most of all enjoyed the pretty comprehensive course content” Patricia Buckley BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student, Kilkenny
“I enjoyed both the professional and the personal learning. The support from most tutors was excellent, as was their delivery of course material.” Elizabeth Keegan BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student, Kilkenny
“Thank you I have really enjoyed the course and the graduation ceremony I hope to be back for further training with PCI” Anne Marie Murphy BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy Student, Kilkenny
“Excellent course, very informative and gain useful skills that one can use in everyday life. Would highly recommend it to anyone.” Geraldine Hanley Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate, Kilkenny
“I enjoyed this course immensely. It opened up a new vision for me and allowed me focus on who I want to be and what I want to believe. Our group was amazing and the trust we all had in each other was great and it enabled us to share our personal experiences. We had some great moments in the classroom. I would recommend it not only for those who want a career in counselling but for those who want to personally develop and take time out of their busy lives.” Laura Farrell Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy Graduate, Kilkenny
“Presented in a clear manner. Very informative and interesting. Enjoyed the group discussions & participation. Jolanta displayed an excellent representation of positive psychology”
What our Students Say
"Feedback from participants of the Professional CBT training held in the Family Life Centre Boyle was extremely positive. It was experienced as valuable in equipping the students with the knowledge and skills of the CBT approach. It was carried out in an atmosphere most conducive to learning. Working with PCI College has proved to be a valuable partnership.”
Denise O’Dowd, Boyle Family Life Centre - Tailor-Made Training