Clinical Director

Paul O’Donoghue BA Psych., MA Psych., MIAHIP, ECP, Reg. ICP

Paul is a psychologist and psychotherapist. He has an academic background in psychology and philosophy and has trained in humanistic and integrative psychotherapy. He has been involved in the training of counsellors and psychotherapists since 1990 while continuing his practice as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.

Paul is also Programme Director for the MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy.


Director of Training

Brían Howlett BA(Hons.), FCA, Dip. Gestalt Therapy, Dip. Supervision, MIAHIP, MBASRT, ECP, Reg. ICP

Brían is a Gestalt therapist with a background in couples therapy. He has considerable experience in the training and supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists, and of clinical supervisors.

Brían is also Programme Director for the Centre’s Professional Diploma in Supervision.


Director, Omagh Campus

Bronagh Starrs BA, MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, Dip. Supervision, MIAHIP, Reg. ICP

Bronagh is Director of the DCTC Omagh Campus and is also Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute. She maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer and trainer, specialising in working with children, adolescents and their families. She is an adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience as a trainer in adolescent development and therapy throughout Ireland.

Bronagh is Programme Director for the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy.


Clinical Team

The Centre is staffed by qualified, experienced and accredited counsellors and psychotherapists. Clinical Services are also offered by some students who have attained a certain level of training and experience. A range of specialist help is offered by counsellors/psychotherapists who have undertaken training in specific areas of work.

All Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists in the Centre are required to: 

  • Have completed a recognised professional training programme
  • Have received Professional Accreditation (or approaching accreditation) from either the Irish Council for Psychotherapy or the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Attend regular Clinical Supervision for their work
  • Participate in ongoing Personal and Professional Development
  • Abide by prevailing Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice

Student Counsellors are required to:

  • Have successfully completed at least two years of a recognised professional training programme
  • Attend regular Clinical Supervision meetings
  • Continue to engage in training and personal development work
  • Abide by prevailing Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice


Training Faculty

DCTC training programmes are offered by an experienced team of professional trainers. All members of the DCTC training team have completed extensive academic and professional training and are experienced practitioners in the counselling and psychotherapy professions.

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DCTC Faculty