Turning Point Training Institute Press Release

Turning Point Training Institute Press Release

Turning Point Training Institute, (TPTI) launches the first in its series of research monographs in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The co-founders of Turning Point Training Institute,  Kay Conroy and Mary Paula Walsh, are delighted that internationally-renowned soprano Virginia Kerr, who is also a graduate of the TPTI MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, has taken the opportunity to write this monograph based on her Masters’ thesis. Her MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy was conferred on her by Dublin City University.

Stage Frightis based on the research findings and recommendations from Virginia Kerr’s thesis entitled ‘The Value of Psychotherapy to Classical Singers in enabling them to deal with Performance Anxiety and Confidence Issues.’ This is an area hitherto unexplored in Irish research in psychotherapy, and breaks new ground in bringing together the world of classical music and singing with that of psychotherapy.

Virginia is one of Ireland’s most distinguished sopranos, equally well known on the operatic stage, concert and oratorio platforms and as a recitalist.  Her career includes celebrated performances on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls and has taken her as far afield as Russia, the Far East, Mexico and North and South America.  She was awarded the Margaret Burke Sheridan Medal in 1996 in recognition of her achievements in the field of classical music. Recordings include Victory’s Ultima Rerum. Stanford Requiem / The Veiled Prophet of Khorassen and her solo CD, My Heart and I, recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Robert Dean.

Kay Conroy, Co-Founder Director said “Turning Point is dedicated to advance and develop psychotherapy studies in Ireland, encompassing educational training, clinical practice, research, supervision, and to set a benchmark of excellence commensurate with similar, internationally acclaimed, institutes of psychotherapy. This initiation of a special monograph series based on the sterling work of our MSc graduates opens up a new phase in the development of Turning Point, and offers new opportunities for bringing into the public domain research which of an excellent standard and which has much to offer to the further development of our profession in Ireland.”

Mary Paula Walsh, Co-Founder Director added, “This is a time of exciting new initiatives at Turning Point Training Institute. This new research monograph series heralds a new era in highlighting the research being done by our graduates, and the contribution it can make to developing research in our profession in Ireland and internationally.” We are especially delighted that this first monograph celebrates the inter-relationship between psychotherapy and the Arts”

2 May 2014


Co-founded by Kay Conroy and Mary Paula Walsh in 1986, Turning Point was one of the first organisations in Ireland to offer humanistic and integrative counselling and psychotherapy services. Turning Point Training Institute (TPTI) was established in 2001.

See http://www.turningpoint.ie/  or contact by phone at 01-2801603.

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