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.

Nationwide Counselling Resources 

Medical Card Holders: The GP Referral Scheme includes capacity for free counselling sessions. For further information see here.

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 an Employee Assistance Programme. If you are currently in employment, contact the Human Resources department to find out more. 







Family Mediation Service

01 874 7449


01 8747446 

4th Floor

Jervis House

Jervis St

Dublin 1

D01 E3W9



One Family

01 662 9212

8 Coke Lane, Dublin 7, Ireland D07 EN2Y

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)

01 230 35 36 

First Floor, Marina House, 11-13 Clarence Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, A96 E289

Irish Council for Psychotherapy 

01 9058698

Fitzwilliam Hall, Fitzwilliam Pl, Dublin 2, D02 T292

Child and Family Agency - Tusla

General enquiries: 01 7718500


Reporting a concern:


You must report your concern to the area where the child lives. Contact details for the Tusla social work areas are available here. 

National Office:

The Brunel Building,

Heuston South Quarter,

Saint John's Road West,

Dublin 8.

D08 X01F


Accord Catholic Marriage Counselling Service

01 505 3112

Central Office,

Columba Centre,


Co Kildare

W23 P6D3

One Family - National Organisation for One-Parent Families

01 662 9212

8 Coke Lane, Dublin 7, Ireland D07 EN2Y

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF