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PCI College was founded in 1991 to provide training in counselling and psychotherapy for mature students.


  • Long established college (1991) with an excellent reputation.
  • BSc (Hons) / Diploma (awarded Year 3) is accredited by the IACP.
  • Achieve a Middlesex University Honours Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Level 8 NFQ).
  • Integrative approach to counselling & psychotherapy training.
  • High academic standards while still making training as accessible as possible.
  • Expert personal development & counselling skills training.
  • Superior, quality, user-friendly teaching.

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 partner of Middlesex University, who validate, quality assure and award our Advanced Diploma in Supervision and our BSc (Honours) Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes.


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 health and 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 Health Service, 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, and the PCI College Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (awarded Year 3 of the Degree) is accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).


What our Students Say

“The lecture was very clear and not rushed in explaining all questions that were asked.This workshop was very beneficial in taking the fear out of going into private practice”
Noelle Kenny - Setting up in Private Practice workshop

What our Students Say

"The care and attention we received from the tutor was outstanding. Could not ask for a more caring tutor"
Certificate Student 2013, Dublin City Centre
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