IARM, a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG), was founded by Dr. Tony Humphreys and Dr. Helen Ruddle in 2012, working in conjunction with the first committee (Mary Briody, Ber Carroll, Loretta Noone and Gabrielle O’Herlihy), to support and guide the professional practice of the Irish University-accredited Relationship Mentors.

Since its founding, IARM continues to provide professional validation, an ethical framework, support for on-going deepening of conscious awareness, and an assurance for the public of on-going fitness –for- practice of qualified Relationship Mentors.



IARM has an elected committee, responsible for the day to day running of the organisation.

The elected members of the 2023/2024 Committee are:

jackie-furlong Jackie Furlong


patricia-barrett Patricia Barrett


sue-o-donoghue-2 Susan O'Donoghue

Company Secretary

estelle-forristal Estelle Forristal

Committee Member, Website

helen-hughes Helen Hughes

Committee Member, Insurance

nuala-higgins Nuala Higgins

Committee Member, Garda Vetting Liaison Officer

geraldine-oconnor Geraldine O'Connor

Practice Committee

A number of sub-committees exist with responsibility for various functions, including GDPR, Garda Vetting, Practice/Validation, Membership and Minutes.

A committee of guardians exists (in accordance with our CLG constitution) to support the committee, to provide oversight, and to safeguard the ethos of the co creational approach within the organisation.

The guardians are:

tony-humphreys Tony Humphreys
helen-ruddle Helen Ruddle
margaret-mc-carthy-headshot Margaret McCarthy
mary-briody-headshot Mary Briody
aoife-ryan Aoife Ryan

Why choose relationship mentoring?


Relationship Mentors practice therapeutically in all walks of life, all parts of society and in relation to many different holding worlds (family, school, community, workplace). Relationship Mentors are trained to deal with a wide range of situations and individual challenges, helping people to find ways of moving from a place of surviving to a place of thriving. Relationship Mentors provide therapeutic one to one support to individuals experiencing distress in their lives. The unique training that Mentors have received means that the client has a very unique experience in relationship with their Mentor.

Therapy offers individuals a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to talk to a University trained and qualified professional about how you are experiencing your life.


IARM: Accompanying Relationship Mentors as they make a meaningful contribution to the relief of human suffering.

The mission of IARM is underpinned by the knowledge that relationships, within and between individuals, are fundamental to the practice of Relationship Mentoring.

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Ethical Practice

IARM is committed to the development and promotion of safe, ethical, and competent practice for all our members, which we believe ensures appropriate safeguarding for members of the public. IARM understands that the cornerstone of safe and competent practice is the ethical framework that we have developed and that all our members commit to.

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Continuous Personal Reflection

Continuing Personal Reflection on the state of one’s own internal world and engaging in Shared Vision Supervision provide a guarantee of ethical practice.

Responsiveness to the welfare of the Client is reflected by the Mentor working strictly within their parameters of competence and providing services on the basis of adequate training and/or experience.

While it is not a requirement for membership of IARM, it is recognised that CPD is an important and valuable process for mentors to engage in, alongside their ongoing CPR.
Members should be aware that CPD is a requirement for all professional bodies regulated by CORU.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

IARM supports and encourages the fair, non-judgemental and unbiased treatment of all Clients, alongside being respectful of their human rights, cultures, and dignity.

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Membership Benefits

Since its inception in 2012, IARM has been supporting Irish University qualified Relationship Mentors, to undertake their important work in a fast paced and ever-changing world.

IARM works on behalf of members, to develop and maintain professional and ethical standards and to champion the profession with the public, government and regulatory bodies, insurance companies, other organisations, and policy makers. We work to raise the credibility of and confidence in Relationship Mentoring, ensuring that our members are recognised for their competence, skill, and unique approach to the relief of human suffering.

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