Qualification & Education

Billy is an experienced psychotherapist and a current accredited member of The Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy and The Irish Council for Psychotherapy. He completed his (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Department of Applied Social Studies in the Cork Institute of Technology. Billy has further training in the areas of addiction, suicide and deliberate self-harm.


Billy has experience of working with clients across a wide diversity of social and cultural backgrounds. He has worked as a psychotherapist in educational support projects, outreach programmes and family support teams.

He supports individuals with various challenges including crisis situations, life transitions, addictive behaviours, grief and loss, unhelpful adaptive strategies and alterations in self-perception. Billy draws on a variety of therapeutic frameworks and concepts in his work with clients. These include humanistic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), transactional analysis, internal family systems (IFS) and gestalt approaches. He believes in tailoring his approach to suit the specific needs of each individual client.

At the core of his approach Billy establishes an attuned client relationship which provides trust, warmth, empathy, acceptance, hope and assurance. Billy believes that this quality of contact with the client supports self-exploration and ultimately empowerment to manage present or future difficulties.

Billy incorporates an existential approach to psychotherapy which focuses on a concern for what it is to be human. He pays attention to certain parts of the human experience such as freedom and responsibility, anxiety, guilt, awareness of being finite, creating meaning in the world and shaping one's future by making active choices. Billy works as a witness and companion to his clients as part of this process.

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Billy Quirke


Billy is available for appointments in the following clinic(s):

Patrick's Quay, Co.Cork

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