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Counselling & Psychotherapy / Comhairleoireacht ┐Síciteiripe

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy


This programme is available to students 25 years of age or older on 1st of January of the year of entry. All candidates will be required to attend for interview.

The candidate is required to engage in 30 hours of self-funded personal therapy in year 1 & 2 of the programme (totaling 60 hours) in order to progress to placement in year 3. 



The BA (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy was developed in consultation and partnership with stakeholders in this area. Counsellors and Psychotherapists are helping professionals focused on encouraging people to talk about their problems and implement change through this collaborative discussion. This course was developed to equip the participants with the skills and competencies necessary to work as a Counsellor/ Psychotherapist in Ireland. The theoretical framework informing this programme is a Humanistic framework with person-centred and cognitive behavioural approaches.   

There are embedded awards in the BA (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Upon successful completion of year one of the course there is a Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills (minor award, 60 ECTS) at level 6 of the NFQ. And upon the successful completion of year two there is a Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling (120 ECTS), also at level 6 of the NFQ. 


The BA Hons in Counselling & Psychotherapy is accredited by two professional bodies. 

Graduates of the BA (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy will have opportunities for employment in diverse areas such as:

  • Caring professions
  • Department of Education and Skills (as counsellors in primary and secondary schools, and HEIs)
  • Human resources
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Youth and community work
  • Addiction services
  • Family support services
  • Counselling services
  • Private practice

The programme also has embedded awards after Years 1 and/or Year 2 of study, for those people working in the caring, educational, and allied professions who wish to develop their personal and professional skills to enhance their practice.  

Year 1 Semester 1

  • Introduction to the Origins of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Holistic Wellbeing and Psychological Disorders
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Equality and Anti-discriminatory Practice
  • Group and Personal Processes 1
  • Substance Misuse and Addictive Behaviours

Year 1 Semester 2

  • Counselling Skills
  • Person Centred Mental Health
  • Interventions for Wellbeing
  • Group and Personal Processes 2
  • Introduction to the Origins of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Personal and Professional Development

Year 2 Semester 1

  • Translating Theory into Practice
  • Lifespan Development
  • Professional Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • The Neuroscience of Talking Therapies
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Experiential Group Process

Year 2 Semester 2

  • Ethics and Professional Values
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Family Systems Theory
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Translating Theory into Practice
  • Experiential Group Processes

Year 3 Semester 1

  • Application and Integration of Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic Models of Recovery from Addictions
  • Managing Professional Practice 1
  • Group Collegiate Processes

Year 3 Semester 2

  • Practice Placement 1
  • Managing Professional Practice 2
  • Application and Integration of Theory and Practice
  • Group Collegiate Processes

Year 4 Semester 1

  • Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • The Community Reinforcement Approach to Addictions
  • Preparation for Dissertation
  • Developing and Integrating Professional Identity 
  • Group Exploration and Development

Year 4 Semester 2

  • Practice Placement 2
  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Thursday 17:00 - 20:00

Friday 09:00 - 15:00

Every second Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

2 x 15 week semesters per year

Applications are now open. Apply Online

Information on how to apply can be found at: 

Graduates may wish to further develop their skills and qualifications on Masters programmes in Irish universities offering post graduate courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Full Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

January 2023




€4,750 per year

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