We chat to Kevin Kirwan, psychotherapist and lecturer.

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Kevin Kirwan took a non-traditional route into becoming a psychotherapist and is now studying towards his Professional Doctorate in Education.

"I took a non-traditional route to becoming psychotherapist coming from a commercial and Human Resources background. Training to become a psychotherapist was the beginning of a second career about 15 years ago.  The catalyst was spending many years working as a volunteer on an emotional support helpline and recognised that people needed a space to talk where they would be met non judgementally, with empathy and with authenticity. 

I completed a Certificate in Counselling at UWE followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and an Msc at Bristol University. This was a four-year journey. I am currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Education.  

I now work as a Lecturer, Therapist and Supervisor. I hold a small private practice where I specialise working with men in midlife and how they manage this transition. I have also worked in Occupational Health, the charity sector and I am currently the organisational supervisor for a low cost counselling agency based in Bristol.  

Leading the Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills and being able to work closely with students at the beginning, their journey to qualify as a therapist is a great job. Being a witness to student’s personal development, their emerging sense of self, deepening skills and therapeutic understanding is exciting to experience"