It is normal to experience stress during a relationship breakdown and it can be helpful to talk to someone during this period. The advantage of engaging with a professional counsellor is that they are trained to act neutrally and objectively. Counsellors have no previous knowledge of you, your ex-partner, or your situation and so they don’t have pre-set opinions of your situation. Importantly, the information you share with a counsellor remains confidential, unless there is a child at risk.

One Family provides information and support for all members of one-parent families, including a general counselling service at a reduced rate. They have produced a helpful document - "What is counselling?" - which explains the counselling process and outlines how it can benefit separating parties. A list of useful telephone numbers is also provided.

Nationwide Counselling Resources 

Medical Card Holders: The GP Referral Scheme includes capacity for free counselling sessions. Contact your GP for more information.

Private Health Insurance: If you have private health insurance, your policy may allow a contribution towards counselling. Check directly with your Insurer. 

Employee Assistance Programmes: Some employers offer free counselling sessions through the Employee Assistance Programme. If you are currently in employment, contact the Human Resources department to find out more. 


Organisation Telephone Email Website Address
Family Mediation Service +353 (0)1 6344320 Family Mediation Service, 1st Floor, St. Stephen’s Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
One Family 1890 66 22 12

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) 01 230 0061  
Irish Council for Psychotherapy  01 9058698  
Child & Family Agency - Tusla (01) 635 2854  Child and Family Agency, Block D, Park Gate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin
ACCORD Catholic Marriage Counselling Service 01 505 3112  
AIM Family Services 01 670 8363  

Family Law Information Research Group

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