Why IICP – Niamh Crowley

///Why IICP – Niamh Crowley

Why IICP – Niamh Crowley

Niamh Crowley, IICP Diploma Student 2016

Niamh Crowley,
IICP Diploma Student 2016

In 1993 I was doing the leaving and decided I would like to be a psychologist. However my life took a different path and it was not until later in life that I started this journey. I walked through the doors of IICP for first time in September 2014 with my life lessons in tow. On the first night, we were asked for one word to describe how we had found the first Certificate class, mine was ‘arrived’. I truly had arrived at where I feel I was meant to be.

I completed the Certificate and knew I needed to continue. I am now in my second year (three including the cert) and just about to begin my clinical placement which fills me with fear and excitement all at once. Year one of the Diploma/Degree was challenging for me as I had not written an academic paper in years and always found it difficult. Luckily I had completed the Certificate and this laid the foundations. I would encourage anyone considering qualifications in Counselling and Psychotherapy to start with the Certificate in IICP. It gives you a feel for the area and you can see if it’s for you or not. Also, when you commence the Diploma you have a good grounding from the Cert.

This road so far has been life changing for me as a person. Why? You get to know yourself very well. Undergoing your own personal counselling is part of the course and such a well worth part. It is the best money you will ever spend on yourself, the chance to talk about yourself for one hour a week! I feel like it was getting my handbag and emptying it out and trying to put it all back in again! You need to know yourself very well in this area so that you can sit opposite any client you may have in the future and be genuine. There are times that you feel overwhelmed however you will work through it and come out the other side, take it from someone who knows!

For any person reading this and considering joining the IICP family I can highly recommend it. Some tips I would give are don’t panic if you have never written an academic paper, the lecturers are superb and on hand to assist and even do a workshop on it. You will make friends in your class that you will have I believe for life. Start reading books that interest you, if you find a book that you feel is going over your head put it down and find one you can keep up with and you can return to the others later. Plan and don’t leave assignments to the last minute! Find someone who can proof read what you write, four eyes are better than two! Finally enjoy the learning, be true to yourself and ask for help and most importantly take heed of the words ‘self-care’.

By |2016-11-16T10:23:59+00:00November 16th, 2016|Therapy|7 Comments


  1. Kellyann reade 16th November 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Well done Niamh

  2. Dee Hannon 17th November 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Absolutely fab Niamh… so proud of u xx

  3. Ingrid 19th November 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Well done Niamh. Your words are very encouraging as are you as a person xxx

  4. Luba 3rd January 2017 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    This is extremely encouraging as I am about to enroll into Certificate course. Thank you

  5. Niamh ryan 9th July 2017 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Hi girls. I’m Niamh I’m really excited to start this journey. Can you tell me when the certificate course begins again?

    • IICP 10th July 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Hi Niamh

      The next intake for our certificate programme starts on either Thursday 28 Sept 2017 or Friday 29 Sept 2017 depending on whether you are doing the Thursday/Sunday option or the Friday option. More information can be found here: https://www.iicp.ie/courses/certificate/.

      Hope to see you there!

  6. Paul Barton 23rd September 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Hi guys,

    I would like to start off by saying that choosing to work in the field of psychology. I have completed 4 year’s from my certificate right through to my honours degree! I struggled in school in every area so to write an academic essay was overwhelming & a great challenge, a challenged I relished over time.

    I say this from the bottom of my heart that I would not have continued on only for the lectures/faculty team, they all individually helped me when I was doubtful at times! I second guessed myself multiple time’s about my essays, will that be good enough? Will I be judged, etc, but not for a second the lectures pushed me on & build up my self esteem levels.

    The money, time, sacrifices was all worth it, absolutely. I am starting my placements in two week’s now & I am nervous but extremely excited all in one! I am convinced I am a natural, & I believe that things happen for a reason.

    I would like to take this chance to thank the vcs/iicp faculty team & lectures for believing in me for day one, psychology changed my life for the good as I can take so many positives away with me for the rest of my life.

    Thanks y’all so so much, and I will say to anyone who’s interested in psychology to go for it, if I can do it trust me, you can do it.

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