Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy






The Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy comprises the first 4 years of the Masters programme.  This part of the training is accredited by IAHIP & IACP and successful completion of Modules 1-3 allows you to begin the accreditation process with these organisations.  Students not progressing to Module 4 (dissertation module) will be awarded an Institute of Technology Carlow Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy, 60 credits at NFQ Level 9.

The modules are delivered over 4 years as a part-time residential programme.   There are 4 workshops each year, 3 five-day ones and 1 ten-day. Students from all 4 years work together as one training group and with a generous staff-student ratio.  Between workshops, students meet in study groups organised on a geographical basis.  In addition to attendance at workshops and study days, students are required to be in personal therapy for the duration of the programme.  The cost of personal therapy is not included in programme fees.

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 must receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited, approved supervisor.  The cost of supervision is not included in the programme fees.

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

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 places 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 relationships they are able to 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 the Institute of Technology 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.


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.

In addition to programme fees:

  • Students are required to attend personal therapy for the duration of modules 1-3 at their own expense.
  • Students on clinical placement are required to attend supervision in a ratio of 1 supervision to every 4 client sessions at their own expense.
  • 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.

Dates 2019-2020

October 2019 Wednesday 02 Sunday 06
January 2020 Wednesday 08 Sunday 12
April 2020 Wednesday 01 Sunday 05
June 2020 Friday 12 Sunday 21