Foundation in Counselling & Psychotherapy

“The first step to a career in Counselling and Psychotherapy"

Have you long dreamt of becoming a counsellor, psychotherapist or psychologist? Unsure of the next step? The Foundation will help guide you in the right direction. 

The next course commences: Temporarily postponed due to Corvid 19 pandemic. The situation will be kept under constant review.

The GCS foundation prepares you for entry to professional training in helping you meet the entry requirements of the approved professional training programmes recognised by the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). 

Now in its 24th year, the Foundation holds a solid reputation for offering a unique and exciting programme providing a creative experiential training approach facilitated by four highly experienced and qualified trainers and accredited psychotherapists. 


Suitable for anyone interested in one or more of the following:

- A career in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Psychology. 

- A powerful personal development process: change your understanding of yourself and others. Raise awareness of yourself, and of how you interact with other people.

- develop your understanding of counselling interpersonal skills and theory.


Course Content  Course Ethos

Person Centred Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Gestalt Psychotherapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Body Psychotherapy 

Art Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Counselling interpersonal skills 


Advantages of joining this Foundation

Small groups; places are limited to 12 participants. There is a strong emphasis on personal development. Insufficient personal development is the commonest reason for failing to gain entry to professional training.

Access to expert independent guidance, regarding your suitability and readiness for this field of work and assistance to gain entry to the established professionally recognised courses with the highest standard of training. We have 24 years of feedback from previous participants on their experience of the training programmes available. Guidance is crucial in choosing a professional training course right for you, as standards vary considerably and not all degree programmes meet the established professional standards. 

Seven intensive weekend training experiences with three accredited and highly experienced facilitators present on every weekend. 

On completing the foundation you will join previous participants in gaining entry to recognised reputable professional training programmes. Previous participants now work in universities, colleges, schools, health boards, prisons, addiction centres, primary care, paid voluntary centres and in private practice. Contact with previous participants can be arranged on request. 

The foundation is accepted by colleges throughout Ireland as meeting and exceeding entry requirements for professional training and is one of the most highly
valued and recognised Foundation course's in Ireland. 


Entry Requirements

A willingness to engage in a personal process of self exploration, self awareness work, self challenge and be open to feedback. To be in a position to commit yourself to attend all course weekends between the hours stated. 


Venue & Dates

The Connemara Coast Hotel is the course venue in Furbo, Co. Galway. Accommodation.


Application and Fees

Apply Now. *Please ensure you can attend all the dates before applying. It is essential to be able to attend all weekends. Due to the experiential nature of the course missed days cannot be replaced by alternative course work. The course fee is €1450. A deposit is required post interview and the final payment prior to the course start. Payment details here.


N.B. Please note that the Foundation course, as is the case for all foundation courses, is not a QQI awarded qualification as it is an access course only, designed solely to meet the entry requirements required for professional training programmes and bring you up to the level of personal development required for entry to professional training. You will recieve a certificate to confirm that you have completed the course. The certificate does not licence you to practise as a counsellor or psychotherapist.