The Foundation Course provides an experiential and creative training experience facilitated by experienced trainers and accredited psychotherapists. 

Participants will be introduced to the leading theories in the field and enjoy an opportunity to become familiar with core skills and practices. There is also a strong focus on personal development which we consider is of central importance when considering a career in this field.

Trainers on this foundation training have worked on the GCS programme for up to 18 years.


Elaine King, B. Rel. Sc., MA (Clinical) Psychotherapy.

Elaine King has worked in the field of education for over 30 years in private practice as a psychotherapist and supervisor for over 20 years.

She enjoys her work as a teacher and trainer of psychotherapy and is delighted to continue with the foundation training, which she has worked on for over 18 year with the Galway Counselling Studies.

Chris Place, BA Psych, MA Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy, MIACP. 

Chris trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist with the Tivoli institute. He works in an integrative and humanistic way seeing clients as experts in their own lives and draws from different therapeutic approaches to best meet the needs of the client. He sees the therapeutic relationship as key in facilitating change.

Chris obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2004 and worked as a lecturer and researcher in psychology before embarking on a professional training in psychotherapy. He has since been involved for a number of years in teaching in NUIG in the School of Psychology and on the Diploma in the Psychology of Counselling programme with Adult Education.  He  has worked as a trainer for a number of different trainings including Galway Counselling Studies and the Tivoli Institute and is presently a trainer with the Tracht Psychotherapy Foundation.

He is  fully accredited with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and is an accredited Supervisor.

Denis Ryan, BA Philosophy, IACP, IABP.

Denis is is a Cork-based therapist who has worked as a Psychotherapist and Psychotherapy trainer for the past 5 years. Prior to this, he travelled to many parts of the world exploring various forms of spirituality and spiritual practices and subsequently trained to be a Shamanic practitioner in the Irish Centre for Shamanic Studies. His work is fuelled by his passion for healing, for ritual and for the sacred and simple messages of the Land. In a world that is becoming more challenging, faster and shallower, he wishes to hollow out a space that is gentler, slower and more profound, both internally and in community.