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“The course was so much more than I expected. I loved the group interaction and discussions in breakout rooms.  It felt so safe and gentle and yet has been life-changing!”

Counselling Skills


This 36-hour course is available to those who have attended a previous personal development course with Paula.  If you have not, please check out the course 'Personal Development and Counselling Skills'.

The experiential nature of the training promotes a powerful learning environment and is designed to help participants explore how to create healthier interactions with family members, friends and others.  Listening skills are developed to help participants offer appropriate support to others.  These basic counselling skills may be used by those in caring professions also.

No previous training or experience is required, however a willingness to openly explore and share with others is necessary.  Each group will have between eight and sixteen members.


This course does not constitute a professional qualification as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist; however, for those interested in a professional training, this course will be a useful introduction to the work and an asset to your application for any further training.

Anticipated Outcomes

The anticipated outcomes of this course are:

        greater compassion with others

        greater ability to hold a safe and therapeutic space for others

        more authentic relationships with others personally and professionally

        more effective communication skills in relationships

Course Content

Introduction to the Person-Centred Approach (18 hours)

Participants are introduced to the Person-Centred Approach and explore how this approach can impact every aspect of their lives and relationships.

Counselling Skills (18 hours)

Participants are introduced to basic Counselling Skills and through experiential practice learn how to use these skills in offering practical support to family, friends and others.


There are no assessments in this course however activities to consolidate the learning will be discussed and encouraged.  Participants attending a minimum of 80% of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.  

Delivery Format

This course is being held online via Zoom, therefore a good internet connection will be essential.

Eight evenings (Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Irish Standard Time) and two full days  (10:00am - 5:00pm).

N.B.  All courses are subject to a minimum enrolment of eight participants.


The cost of this programme is €30 per 3-hour session.  A deposit of €90.00 is taken to hold a place and three monthly instalments of €90.00 will be required.


If you are interested in attending this course, please apply via email and I will contact you to arrange a brief conversation to confirm a place.  In your email, please specify which course you are interested in and if you would like to be with a particular group.

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