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IACP Annual Conference 2018
Into the Future

Jude Fay - Breakout Presenter

Jude Fay MIACP practises psychotherapy at AnneLeigh Counselling & Psychotherapy in Naas and Celbridge, Co Kildare, and a member of Chartered Accountants Ireland.


Jude supports therapists and coaches to create and build their practices through writing, speaking and one to one coaching. Jude’s philosophy is that it’s possible to earn a living in this work if we allow ourselves. Her work spans the practical, emotional and psychological challenges of private practice.


Jude is the author of “This Business of Therapy: A Practical Guide to Starting, Developing and Sustaining a Therapy Practice,” available on Amazon and in public libraries. You can find out more about Jude’s work and read her blog on https://thisbusinessoftherapy.com


Presentation Topic: The Private Practice of the Future


Presentation Content:

“Somehow Jude managed to make the business of therapy seem exciting, interesting, powerful, sexy and humorous.” Therapist, Co Dublin


We are living in a time of great change. Therapists, like everyone else, are trying to adapt to these changes, which have both positive and negative aspects. Some changes, such as Child Protection rules, GDPR, Regulation and the increasing number of therapists are having a direct impact on counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice. Other changes such as rapidly changing technology and Brexit are indirectly impacting both therapists and their clients.


Ignoring these changes or hoping we will somehow muddle through may not be enough.


What will the private practice of the future look like? How can a self-employed counsellor or psychotherapist who wishes to earn a living from their practice cope with these changes? In what way might we need to adapt to the challenges these changes present for us? And do they offer us any opportunities?


In this presentation, Jude Fay will outline the potential impacts of the changing environment on a counsellor or psychotherapist in private practice in the future. She will offer her vision of the changes that we need to embrace in order to “future proof” our practices.

Michael O'Carroll - Breakout Presenter

Michael O’Carroll, MIACP, is a practicing therapist in Nenagh, Co Tipperary. He has an interest in the opportunities that exist for therapists online and out of this interest he developed two online platforms TherapyHub.ie and Therapy Academy. 



Michael found the creation of a private therapy practice both rewarding and challenging. Like many of his colleagues, Michael initially engaged with clients through traditional channels such as word of mouth and local organisations. However, he found that the combination of traditional engagement and online accessibility helped him attract the clients necessary to establish a full-time therapy practice within a few months of full accreditation with the IACP.


By creating TherapyHub.ie, Michael hopes to help fellow therapists experience some of these benefits for their practice by providing them with a free online presence. He also hopes that TherapyHub.ie will make it easier for clients to access the help they need.



Therapy Academy

As a therapist working in a private practice he is committed to continuing his own learning and development attending many workshops up and down the country in order to improve as a therapist and to maintain his CPD requirements.


While these courses are of a high quality and bring great value to the area of mental health he felt there was something missing. After conducting a lot of research and speaking to several leaders across the sector he identified the need for an online CPD offering for therapists to engage with part of their CPD learning from the comfort of their own home.



Presentation Topic: Embracing Online Therapy - How to access the potential of everyday technology


Presentation Content:

We are surrounded by technology in our daily lives in areas like banking, shopping, communication, dating, finding services and entertainment yet the use of technology in the therapy world is minimal when it comes to interacting with our clients on a number of levels.


The use of technology can be seen as a negative thing but given its ubiquitous nature, it is important for the professions of psychotherapy and counselling to embrace what technology has to offer them to enable them to engage with clients in a more modern way. This includes having an interactive and secure presence online, displaying session availability online, taking payments online, hosting therapy sessions online and / or creating a professional social media presence. 


Given the ubiquity of technology, there is a growing expectation that people can engage with mental healthcare services online. There has also been a shift toward this area at governmental level.


Irish Times -  Wed, Jul 25, 2018,


The Government is working on a “radical” transformation of mental health services by directing sufferers to the internet rather than visiting 


doctors and counsellors, Minister of State for Mental Health Jim Daly has said.


“One of the main focuses for me since becoming minister is to look at the online space, of delivering mental health online.”


During this presentation, Michael will outline how individual therapists can embrace this developing area of online mental healthcare. He will cover the origins of online therapy, the various levels of technology that a therapist can embrace, run through a list of ways to create a strong online presence and describe how therapy sessions delivered online actually work.


Anita Furlong & Joanne Gilhooly - Breakout Presenters

Anita is an Accredited Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Clinical Associate of Pink Therapy, London, UK  and Advanced Accredited Gender, Sexuality and Relationships Diversity (GSRD) Therapist. 


Anita trained in working with GSRD clients in the UK and Sweden. 


Anita has been developing and delivering training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills working with gender, sexualities and relationships diversity since 2013, when she first brought Dominic Davies of Pink Therapy to Ireland and co-presented with him delivering some of the first training incorporating the inclusivity of Gender, Sexuality and Relationships Diversity in Ireland. 


Anita works in private practice in Waterford specialising in working with GSRD clients, is Manager of the Men’s Development Network Counselling Service and works as a Psychotherapist with Pieta House.  Anita is also an accredited Employee Assistance Professional.



Joanne is an accredited member of IACP, specialises in relational gestalt therapy, and has been a member of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Interest Group since its inception.


She has worked in private practice in Dublin City Centre since 2010. Previously, she worked in a support role in the domestic violence and homelessness sectors for several years.


Joanne has attended trainings in Gender and Sexual Diversity with the American Counseling Association and Pink Therapy.


She has keen interests in gender, sexual and relationship diversity (GSRD), intersectional feminism (and its relationship with feminist history), and evolving queer identities.


Presentation Topic: Working with Gender and Sexual Diversity. 


Presentation Content:

Anita and Joanne are two of a group of IACP therapists who have come together to address the lack of knowledge, understanding  and training experienced by many therapists when working with Gender and Sexual Diversity clients.


Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) is a term which is coming into use more frequently to cover the wider range of gender and sexual diversity that actually exists than can be covered by the acronym LGBTI.  Recent theories (Diamond 2008) around sexual orientation elaborate on its natural fluidity. Sexual preference is best thought of as a continuum and may vary according to the social context and over time and gender-variant clients challenge society’s definition of gender.


Due to the stigma and prejudice experienced by people who identify as GSD, this population represents a significant percentage of those who seek help with their mental health.  However, how many of us have received training or feel they have the requisite knowledge to work competently with this very varied group of people?  This presentation will look at the training needs identified and the knowledge required to work competently in this area. The importance of identifying our own beliefs around gender and sexual diversity and the role played by society and culture in forming these beliefs.