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Dublin Regional Award [27/10/2023]

27th October 2023

Press Release              

 Aoife Smith Awarded Prestigious Dublin Regional Award

Honours Commitment to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession

Aoife Smith of Blessington was honoured with the Dublin Regional Award at the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy 8th Annual Conference over the weekend.

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.

Speaking today regarding this year’s awards IACP Chief Executive Officer Lisa Molloy stated:

“I would like congratulate Aoife Smith our Dublin Regional Award honouree for her passion and positive approach to promoting the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy within her region and beyond. Aoife does  outstanding work at the Irish Kidney Association supporting patients, where she is a full-time counselling co-ordinator. ”

Ms Smith is a fully accredited humanistic integrative psychotherapist, working in private practice since 2008. She was also a specialist care representative in the healthcare industry for 20 years, during this time gaining invaluable experience working in chronic illness in the form of diabetes, respiratory diseases and pain management. These combined careers have given her a wide range of knowledge both medically and therapeutically allowing her to fully support patients through her role at the Irish Kidney Association. Aoife brings to her clients and patients a professionalism that encapsulates warmth, generosity and a profound interest in the betterment of their lives. Her commitment to this work is ongoing and of immense importance.

 Commenting following the award IACP member Aoife Smith noted:

“I am very grateful and honoured to receive this award and I want to thank the IACP and the Dublin Regional Committee. As a therapist you really don’t look for reward, you do the work because you want to support others, you want to give back, you want to build and create better services that are more accessible for clients - services that really meet their needs. I work with the Irish Kidney Association, and we provide counselling for patients, their families and carers, as we recognise the impact of chronic illness on the household, not just on the patient. We aim to give as much support as we can to try make a difference in journeys that can be long and very challenging.

To be acknowledged for the work that I do is really special. This award acknowledges the tremendous effort of every person I have ever had the honour to sit with and their commitment to change and growth, and for every person that has supported me on my own journey and for all the incredible therapists with whom I work. I am very thankful to be able to do the work that I do.”

 The annual awards ceremony was held at the IACP’s 8th annual conference on the 21st October 2023 at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Carl Berkeley Memorial Award: Christine May 

Public Inspiration Award: Dr Tony Bates 

IACP Research Excellence Award:  Ashley Morgan 

Research Bursary Award: Karen Doyle 

Regional Award Recipients:  

Dublin Regional Award: Aoife Smith 

Midlands Regional Award: Christine Earley Moran 

Northern Ireland Regional Award: Dr Breda Friel 

Southeast Regional Award: Pauline Macey 

Southern Regional Award: Marie O’Mahony 

West North West Regional Award: Brian Conlon 

Western Regional Award: Ríona Browne 


For further information or to arrange an interview please contact the IACP Communications Department at  

Nicole Mac Dermott - 087 720 6033 or Wayne Tobin - 089 214 2276  

 Notes to the Editor:  

About the IACP: The IACP was established in 1981 to identify, develop and maintain professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy. Our work promotes best practice and the development of the profession. The IACP represents more than 5,600 members based in communities all over the country and is the largest counselling and psychotherapy association in Ireland. For more information, please visit 

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