Diane McDonald – Tutor
(MSc. Psychotherapy, GradDip, Dip. Marriage & Relationship Counselling Tutor, MIAHIP) is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist having previously worked in the arts for many years.
Her extensive training, which includes an MSc at Turning Point, in a piece of research which looked at psychotherapy for people with schizophrenia. In 2018, she presented this research at the SEPI (Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration) conference in New York.
Diane was a member of the Editorial Board of IAHIP for many years, contributing to the editing process and also publishing a number of her own articles including surveying the membership of IAHIP to gather creative ideas for the future of the journal.
Since 2014, she has worked for the Mental Health Commission as a lay member on Mental Health Tribunals. This has enhanced her knowledge of the mental health system and has allowed her to contribute to the decision-making that is involved in detaining patients who may be unwell within a medico-legal environment. More recently, Diane qualified as a mediator in order to support her work for the Cervical Check Restoration of Trust Process. Diane values the power of dialogue in her work as a couples’ therapist and she is hopeful that through creating a process that is underpinned by respect, understanding and empathy, trust may begin to be restored.
She has been working in private practice since 2015, providing both couples and individual therapy. Since graduating from Turning Point Institute-UCC, she has found her way back as a tutor and greatly enjoys working closely on skills and group process with the students as they forge a path well known to her.
Teaching Subject: Skills and Group Process