Decision of Minister Simon Harris in relation to the regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Decision of Minister Simon Harris in relation to the regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists under the Health and Social Care professionals Act 2005

In September 2016, the Minister engaged in a formal consultation process in which interested persons and organisations were invited to formally submit their views on how the statutory regulation of the counsellors and psychotherapists should proceed. A total of 80 submissions were received by the closing date of 30th November 2016.

Following consideration of Minister Harris’s consultation with the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) and the public consultation process the Minister now intends to proceed with the designation under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 of two distinct professions, counsellor and psychotherapist, each with its own register, under one registration board.

Department officials will commence work as soon as is practicable on the legislative and administrative arrangements required to designate the professions under the 2005 Act, establish the registration board and arrange for the appointment of its 13 board members (to be recruited through the Public Appointments Service) in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Once appointed, the registration board will give further consideration to a number of key issues pertaining to the regulation of the professions and will advise the Minister and the Council accordingly. Registration boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 can appoint sub-committees (which can include non-board members) or seek expert advice to assist in its work.


  1. The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
  2. The Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy
  3. The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  4. Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  5. The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy
  6. Irish Council for Psychotherapy
  7. The Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Association
  8. The Irish Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
  9. The Psychological Society of Ireland
  10. Bodywhys
  11. Play Therapy Ireland
  12. Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland
  13. Irish Association of Relationship Mentors
  14. The Psychological Therapies Forum
  15. The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network
  16. The Irish Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy
  17. Mental Health Ireland
  18. The National Association for Pastoral Counselling & Psychotherapy
  19. The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists
  20. The Institute of Guidance Counsellors
  21. The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  22. McIntosh Caroline
  23. Roberts Nigel
  24. Childrens Therapy Centre
  25. The Institute of Education
  26. The Human Givens Institute
  27. The National Centre for Guidance in Education
  28. The Department of Psychotherapy Dublin Business School
  29. The Irish College of Humanities & Applied Science
  30. PCI College
  31. Quality & Qualifications Ireland
  32. DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences
  33. Turning Point Institute
  34. The Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
  35. The School Of Psychotherapy St Vincent’s University Hospital
  36. School of Medicine in University College Dublin
  37. The Counselling Centre Cork
  38. Integrative Psychotherapy programmes School of Education, UL
  39. O’Sullivan Martin
  40. Heffernan Joe
  41. Bowman Marcus
  42. Corbett Theresa
  43. Abate Counselling
  44. O’Farrell Ursula
  45. Clothier Fiona
  46. The Novara Centre
  47. Lets get Talking
  48. The Oasis Centre
  49. Lyons Stephen
  50. Men’s Development Network Counselling Service
  51. HSE CHO 9 Counselling Department Addiction Service
  52. O’Shaughnessy Andrew
  53. Alleviate Submission
  54. Reddy Mark
  55. Gill Attracta
  56. Henson-Dowds-Hohmann
  57. D’Souza Gillford
  58. HSE Directors of Counselling group
  59. Doyle Anne
  60. ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service
  61. O’Keeffe Sonya Adlerian Counsellors
  62. ABC Counselling & Psychotherapy
  63. Comerford Pat
  64. Burgess Tracey
  65. Finlay Catherine
  66. Hamilton Wayne
  67. O’Brien Colette
  68. Stevenson Kevin
  69. Balfe Declan
  70. White Maurice
  71. New Vistas Healthcare
  72. IMPACT
  73. Human Life International (Ireland)
  74. Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage
  75. National Disability Authority
  76. Professional Standards Authority (UK)
  77. Irish Hospice Foundation
  78. Institute of Homoeopathic Practitioners Ireland
  79. Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland