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Apr 2016 by PCI College

An experiential journey with PCI College

Karen Moylan speaks of her experience on the Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy with PCI College as she looks ahead to continuing her journey on the BSc Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

What prompted me to sign up for the PCI Certificate year?  My children were raised. I had never set out to be a stay-at-home mother, but a long hospitalization on a pregnancy decreed that I became one by sleight of hand. Despite that, it’s a role I’ve relished and feel very privileged to have experienced.  I’ve pursued many other side projects over the years, but last year I finally reached a crossroads where I felt fully ready to take on something new and substantial. 


I’ve been on the receiving end of the transformative power of kindness  sufficiently often to put a high value on trying to pass it on whenever possible.  I was always interested in people and motivations, and have had a lifelong draw to almost any kind of human expression through music, cinema, theatre and art.   I love to knit – I find fabricating sense out of diverse yarn strands is soothing, as is simultaneous sifting and sorting of the mind as I work.  Giving people gifts of knitting is rewarding too, no matter how imperfect and often downright weird they may turn out.  Appreciation of time and effort spent is hugely gratifying.  I often blog about the gifts and where they’re going – I’m always hugely cheered by the concept of the sum being greater than individual parts.    


Friends have often said I had a good listening ear, and one in particular who had already competed the certificate course pressed me persistently to sign up. I felt that being 53 might be a disadvantage, but she reassured me that if anything the experience wrapped up in miles on the clock was a boon. And so I applied and was accepted.


In all modules, “experiential’ was the teaching method.  It doesn’t feel like traditional class: you listen, you discuss, you work in groups. On any given day, experiential may not even feel as though an awful lot is happening but – much like my knitting - all the tiny ripples you barely even noticed absorbing begin to spread right throughout your life, affecting you for the better in terms of confidence and insight.

The reading commitment (about which I had been initially very dubious) rapidly became fascinating and hugely pertinent to knowledge gained in classes. Theory made me want to delve deeper and deeper again – out of their own interest most of the class investigated far beyond what was strictly required by the syllabus.  Counseling Skills laid out the difference between therapy and friendship in a very practical form and was invaluable in boosting our developing confidence levels.


We’ve been really very fortunate in our lecturers, and even though I say so myself, our class was exceptional too.  I think we forged an extraordinary bond, despite being of different ages and stages of life experience, educational achievements, belief systems and likely future career paths.  It takes high levels of energy, generosity and openness to work together as we did.  To my surprise, some of the parallel certificate class seemed convinced that they too had the best classmates ever...must be something in the water!


To anyone interested in taking on the certificate course, you won’t regret your decision.  As proof of my sincerity and bona fides in making that statement, I’ve now signed up and am very much looking forward to next academic year’s degree course


Karen Moylan is a graduate of the PCI College Certifcate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Course. Karen is now looking forward to continuing her studies after enrolling on the BSc Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.



What our Students Say

“I am really enjoying the Distance Learning Certificate. I can study at home, when it suits me and I am learning so much about counselling. It is a great way for me to start my studies in this area. The material is easy to access and the support from the lecturers is a great help. I’m looking forward to the weekend workshops too, to put all the theory into practice”
M Derwin. Distance Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2013-2014

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