Monday 18 December 2017

'No regulation means vulnerable people are being put at great risk '

Fine Gael TD, Dan Neville, President of the Irish Association of Suicidology, explains why he wants to see regulation of counselling and psychotherapy services here, to better protect those using these services

A willingness to engage with therapy is vital in overcoming eating disorders. Picture posed. Photo: Getty Images.
A willingness to engage with therapy is vital in overcoming eating disorders. Picture posed. Photo: Getty Images.
Dan Neville is campaigning for regulation of counselling services

Dan Neville

ANYONE can hang a sign outside their door in Ireland and claim to be a counsellor or psychotherapist. It's possible to gain a qualification as a 'counsellor' by completing a course that lasts just a few weekends, and supposedly gives students the skills required to treat those at risk of suicide.

I have been campaigning for the regulation of counselling and psychotherapy for the last decade for one simple reason: the status quo is putting lives at risk.

The very nature of mental ill health means that if a sufferer reaches out, they must feel reassured that the professionals from whom they are seeking help are just that – professional.

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