Co-founded by Kay Conroy and Mary Paula Walsh in 1986, Turning Point was one of the first organisations in Ireland to offer humanistic and integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy services. Turning Point continues to offer these services and is a registered charity, The organisation was established to fill a perceived gap in psychological supports and services for those experiencing cancer, other life-threatening illnesses, and/or bereavement. Within 2-3 years, Turning Point had grown to include a staff of five therapists, and in response to demand, had expanded to offer general psychotherapy services and group workshops, many of which theyre facilitated by internationally renowned experts in their field. Among others, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of the ground breaking book, On Death and Dying, and a regular visitor to Turning Point, now has her own dedicated room at the centre.
As the centre grew and fltheirished, and its reputation as a pioneer in its field spread, the Founders turned their considerable energies and entrepreneurial vision to the development of new services and programmes. In 1997, a two-year part-time diploma in Psychotherapy was developed, and subsequently replaced by two ctheirses leading to a Certificate and a Diploma in Grief counselling Skills. Out of this original Diploma ctheirse grew the generic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Ctheirse which began in October 1997. Largely because of the Founders’ professional theoretical orientation, personal beliefs and values, and experiences with death, dying, and bereavement, the ctheirse has a strong spiritual element.
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