Diploma Course in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

ZestLife Counselling & Training College: offers you a 2 year part time Diploma Course in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. This is a follow on from the ZestLife College foundation course and introduction in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

This Diploma course is accredited by the IACP – http://www.iacp.ie/register-of-accredited-courses

This Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy meets the criteria set out by the most of the leading bodies of accreditation agencies within Ireland and the UK. This Diploma can lead on to a Level 7 degree and level 8 (Hons) degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy with any of the industry course providers, or with ZestLife College Level 7 and Level 8 degrees currently in development and subject to validation.


Welcome to the ZestLife College Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.

ZLC offer you this 2 year part time Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy held in our Dublin office. This programme is completed in monthly intensives and includes a residential summer school for 5 days in June. The course is accredited by the IACP (Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) which ensures progression towards personal therapeutic accreditation as a student member of the IACP working towards full accreditation on completion of this Diploma.

Progression Routes

ZLC ensure you can progress from this 2 year diploma onto a degree course with any of the leading educational institutions. ZLC currently have a level 7 Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and a BA (HONS) Degree Level 8 in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy currently in a validation process. Year one and two of our 2 year Diploma course will equate to first two years of our Level 7 and Level 8 Hons Degree programmes. Our past graduates from our two year Diploma have been accepted onto both Level 7 and Level 8 degrees with many of the industry course providers.

Teaching & Delivery Methods

The course is taught in an interactive style meaning we will teach encorporating several different learning styles, which means we ensure you find the course fun and interactive. It includes interaction with online, group, lecturing and video to engage particular learning styles. The Diploma will ensure you leave with theoretical learning, practical application of skills and importantly personal awareness and development towards becoming an effective and competent therapist embracing the modern issues relevant to our counselling rooms. The course adapts three main models of therapy, person centred, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural. This integrative approach assists therapist to be well rounded and have a wide variety of skills and theory from various modalities.

Modules in Year One:

  • Learning & development in higher education
  • Ethics & Values
  • Introduction to counselling skills & practice
  • Introduction to theory of integrative counselling & psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Personal development
  • Group process and group development


Modules in Year Two:

  • The psychology of complex cases
  • Relationship & couple therapy
  • The psychology of human development
  • Supervision & group supervision
  • Integrative counselling & psychotherapy
  • Schema therapy an integrative approach
  • Clinical placement


Venue:  ZestLife Counselling College, Churchtown Dublin.

Address: Courses are held at Crossroads Centre, Unit 1A Earlscourt Industrial Estate, Beaumont Ave, Churchtown, Dublin 14.

Duration: 450 Hours 2 Year part time

Start Date: Applications being accepted now for August start 2018.

Learning Style: Tutor Contact, Online Portal & Assignments

Entry Requirements: 1. ZLC currentIy offer weekend Introduction Courses to Integrative counselling & psychotherapy to explore if this journey is for them  2. Applicant must be assessed for participation through interview. 3. Applicant must submit two referees ( for those who have not already been on a prior stage of training with ZestLife College).

Fees: €3950 Per annum. (Early bird €3850) can be made in installments from August to May less deposit by arrangement with the college.
Immediate Deposit of €500 non refundable. A further €500 will be required on acceptance of a place on the course.

Added costs: Every student must complete 25 hours of personal therapy in year one and two (50 Total). In year 2 every student who has been passed ready to work with clients will be required to engage an IACP accredited supervisor in a ratio 1 in 5 for their 100 hours in year 2.

2018 Year 2 dates: September, Thurs 20th, 21st & 22nd, October 19th & 20th, 23rd & 24h November, December 14th & 15th,  January 2019 18th & 19th, February 15th & 16th, March 22nd & 23rd, April 12th & 13th, May 24th & 25th,  Summer School 24th – 27th June inclusive.

August 2018 Year 1 Intake Dates: Thurs 23rd August, 6th, 7th & 8th September, 5th & 6th October, 2nd & 3rd November, 7th & 8th December. January 2019, 4th & 5th, 1st & 2nd February, 1st & 2nd March, 5th & 6th April, 10th & 11th May, Summer School 24th – 27th June Inclusive.

NOW Taking applications for August start for 2018 Course

Times:  9.am – 6pm Daily

Account Details for Transfer: ZestLife College, Bank of Ireland, Sort code: 901095, Account Number: 10138054.

IBAN: IE96 BOFI 9010 9510 1380 54


Please enter the narrative on your lodgment as DIP followed by your surname. ( Example DIPMurphy)   Please advise by e mail you have transferred at stuart@zestlife.ie

Course Administrator: stuart@zestlife.ie or call 0872539989

To secure your place click here to download application form. or apply online now.

Diploma Course Application Form

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