About Me

Simon Forsyth MIACP

I qualified as a therapist in 2014 and hold a Diploma and First Class Honours BSc Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College/Middlesex University. I also have a Practitioner Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes from the Metanoia Institute in London and am a Certified Instructor of the Journal to the Self® workshop created by Journal Therapy pioneer Kathleen Adams. You can read more about this side of my work in the ‘Writing Therapy’ section of this site.

I am a fully accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP), the largest professional body for therapists in Ireland. I work to the IACP’s guidelines for ethical best practice and engage in regular professional supervision to ensure the best possible service to my clients. I gained accreditation in 2018.

As a gay man who is also a therapist, I am passionate about gender, sexual and relationship diversity and treat each client’s unique story with the same empathy and respect. My pronouns are he/him.

In addition to my therapy work with individual clients, I am an experienced educator and group facilitator. As a lecturer to trainee counsellors at PCI College, I have specialised in personal development, ethics and counselling skills. I facilitate workshops around writing and wellbeing and have led two creative/reflective writing groups for therapists. I have also co-facilitated personal development courses for gay and bisexual men at Outhouse.

Before becoming a counsellor, I lectured in Japanese language and culture at Dublin City University, and the spirit of support, respect and creativity that underpinned my teaching approach then continues to inform my therapy and group work today. In honour of this, I have named my practice Nozomi, a Japanese word that means ‘hope’.