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.
|Family Mediation Service||+353 (0)1 firstname.lastname@example.org||www.legalaidboard.ie||Family Mediation Service, 1st Floor, St. Stephen’s Green House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2|
|One Family||1890 66 22 email@example.com|
|Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)||01 230 firstname.lastname@example.org||irish-counselling.ie|
|Irish Council for Psychotherapy||01 email@example.com||www.psychotherapycouncil.ie|
|Child & Family Agency - Tusla||(01) 635 2854||www.tusla.ie||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 firstname.lastname@example.org||aimfamilyservices.ie|