MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy






The Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy is a level 9 award validated by the Institute of Technology Carlow.

The programme has an innovative design based on a spiral curriculum and consists of four modules.  During modules 1-3 all years train together as one residential community with equal weight given to skills, theory and personal development.  An integrated approach to their delivery is facilitated by the experiential structure of the programme which affords many opportunities to link theory and practice and foster the development of a reflexive practitioner.

  • Modules 1-3 are delivered over 4 years as a part-time residential programme.  In addition to attendance at workshops and study days, students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the programme.

Students not progressing to Module 4 will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Level 9, 60 credits).  This part of the programme is accredited by IAHIP and IACP and on successful completion, all students will be eligible to begin their accreditation process with one of these bodies.

  • Module 4 is the dissertation module.  Delivered over 2 years, this module includes some taught weekends as well as individual supervisions/tutorials.  Successful completion of all four modules will result in the award of Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy.

See detailed Gestalt Institute Programme Structure

At the end of year 2, students are assessed for readiness to begin a clinical placement.  During this placement, they are required to complete a minimum 200 hours client work and receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited, Gestalt Institute approved supervisor.

The Gestalt Institute programme provides a warm, nourishing community that facilitates learning within a group environment.  Students are encouraged to be active participants in their own learning and involved members of a learning community.  On graduation from the programme, further training and support is available including a post practicum group, CPD workshops in Ireland and Europe, training in group facilitation and supervision and advanced workshops led by international experts.

Plus, for Module 4, individual supervisions to be negotiated with academic supervisor.

Life after training

Once you have completed Modules 1-3 you will be eligible to apply for accreditation as a psychotherapist.  For details on how to gain and maintain accreditation please refer to the relevant professional organisation website.

There is a thriving post-training group which meets regularly and provides many opportunities for networking.  Its members are generous with their support for therapists embarking on their careers.

Post-practicum reflection groups and CPD opportunities with international trainers ensure that graduates are well supported after they finish their training.

Our Graduates

Since 1983, the training has consistently produced therapists of quality not just qualified therapists.  It has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally and its graduates work in a wide range of settings including universities, colleges, the HSE, voluntary organisations and private practice.  See Graduate Testimonials.


Entry to the training programme is at graduate or equivalent level.  Selection is made on the basis of personal development as well as prior experience and academic aptitude.  In line with research evidence, we believe that the person of the therapist and the strength of the relationship they make are the most important factors in predicting good therapeutic outcome.  More information on Admission-Criteria.


Gestalt Institute programmes are delivered at Teach Bhride, a Holistic Education Centre in Tullow, Co. Carlow.  Accommodation is in single rooms some of which are en-suite.  The venue has been highly commended by students, external examiners and IT Carlow as particularly well suited to the delivery of psychotherapy training.  Accommodation fees are payable directly to the venue and are not included in programme fees.  Food is of a high standard and all meals and snacks are included at a fee of €59 per day.


Every member of staff is a highly experienced and currently practising therapist.  Their experience is both complementary and diverse and includes supervision, group dynamics, play therapy, bodywork, teaching at Masters level and research.  Staff members are active in professional associations and some have served on their governing bodies.

Cumulatively the team has more than 150 years of clinical and teaching experience.  Details of staff, their interests and qualifications can be found on the Training Staff page.


Modules 1-3

Fees are €4,650 per year, plus accommodation at Teach Bhride.  You will be registered as an Institute of Technology Carlow student and will receive a student card giving you access to all Institute of Technology Carlow facilities.  You may be able to claim tax relief on your fees which are payable by bank transfer.

Module 4-Dissertation

Fees are €6,950.00, plus accommodation at Teach Bhride. Students are expected to submit their dissertation within 18 months and will incur additional costs for extra academic supervisions if they fail to meet this deadline.

In addition to programme fees:

  • Students are required to attend personal therapy, at their own expense, for the duration of modules 1-3.
  • Students on clinical placement are required to attend supervision, at their own expense, in a ratio of 1 supervision to every 4 client sessions.
  • All students must be members of a professional association and subject to that body’s Code of Ethics.

Application Process

If you wish to apply please email for an application form.

Applications for 2019-2020 are now closed.

Programme Dates 2019-2020

Modules 1-3
October 2019 Wednesday 02nd Sunday 06th
January 2020 Wednesday 08th Sunday 12th
April 2020 Wednesday 01st Sunday 05th
June 2020 Friday 12th Sunday 21st
Module 4- Dissertation
October 2019 Friday 18th Sunday 20th
January 2020 Friday 17th Sunday 19th
April 2020 Friday 24th Sunday 26th
June 2020 Friday 05th Sunday 07th