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Kathleen Byrne Honoured with Prestigious Northeast Regional Award [28/05/24]

Kathleen Byrne Honoured with Prestigious Northeast Regional Award 
Award Celebrates Outstanding Contributions to the Counselling/Psychotherapy Profession

Kathleen Byrne of Bettystown, County Meath has been honoured with the Northeast Regional Award by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy at its 9th Annual Conference held recently.

The IACP Regional Awards recognise an IACP accredited member who makes a notable contribution to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy in their local community and region.

Ms Byrne, a former schoolteacher, is the founder of Drogheda’s oldest and now largest therapy practice. Kathleen established her first practice in October 1997. She completed her counselling training in Dundalk and was motivated to set up Acorn Counselling and Therapy Centre. She came up with the name based on her hope and belief that her practice would grow and give strength to her clients and therapists working there.

IACP Cathaoirleach, Seamus Sheedy commented:

“I would like to congratulate Kathleen Byrne, our 2024 Northeast Regional Award Recipient for her outstanding work with Acorn Counselling and Therapy Centre and also acknowledge the pivotal role that she has played assisting students with work placements.”

Speaking about her award, Kathleen Byrne remarked:

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award and beautiful trophy. I wish to thank all those involved in arranging this event, in particular the Northeastern Regional Committee.

I am privileged to open the first counselling centre in Drogheda and to witness Acorn Therapy Centre grow into a valuable service accessible to the people of Drogheda and district. Acorn has also provided a place for therapists to practice and develop their skills. Student counsellors have been accommodated for work placements.”

The Northeast Regional Award was presented at the IACP’s 9th Annual Conference on Saturday 20th April 2024 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Sligo.

IACP 2024 Award Recipients:

Carl Berkeley Memorial Award: Audrey Flanagan
Public Inspiration Award: Blezzing Dada
Research Excellence Award: Jayne Leonard
Research Bursary Award: Gerard Meehan

Regional Award Recipients: 

Dublin Regional Award: Breda Farrell
Midlands Regional Award: Anita Lynch
Northeast Regional Award: Kathleen Byrne
Southeast Regional Award: Patricia Wilson
Southern Regional Award: Celine O'Callaghan
West North West Regional Award: Liam Neville
Western Regional Award: Michelle Caulfield


For further information or to arrange an interview please contact: Nicole Mac Dermott, MPII -  Communications Supervisor: 087 720 6033 Wayne Tobin, Communications Officer: 089 214 2276.


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