"where ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference"


HeadssCork Counselling Services is a registered charity and non-profit organisation which provides professional counselling, psychotherapy and training services in the south of Ireland. It is managed jointly by Hugh Morley (Head Of Business), Laura Maybury (Head Of Clinical) and Karen Walsh (Head Of Training) – photographed here. All profits made in training go to ensuring counselling is available regardless of the clients ability to pay.

Cork Counselling Services

Formerly known as The Counselling Centre, Cork Counselling Services was founded in the early 1980s by Maria Huss, a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Trainer, who had moved to Ireland from Germany.  The  south of Ireland did not have a culture of professional counselling and psychotherapy at the time.  The Counselling Centre was one of the first centres in the south to provide a professional counselling service to members of the community.

We are committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy to the highest ethical and professional standards to all members of society regardless of financial means, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or educational background.

From its foundation Cork Counselling Services were in high demand, and in 1989 we were granted charitable status.  In spite of limited resources our services are as relevant and necessary today as when we started to work with clients over 35 years ago. For more information on our Counselling and Psychotherapy Services please click here.

Cork Counselling Services also expanded its reach into the community and currently runs a Positive Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Programme for schools and a Parenting Programme.

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The Training Institute

Out of this history Cork Counselling Services Training Institute was born.

“The aim of Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is to educate and train students so that they attain professional counselling standards reflecting best practice nationally and internationally. We aim to foster personal responsibility, ethical and social awareness, and inclusive practice in our students. The Training Institute aims to aid students in the development of this professionalism by mutually creating an active learning environment which is inclusive, supportive and constructively challenging.”

Since its foundation Cork Counselling Services Training Institute has been providing professional training, supervision, and placements for third level students. Over time interest in our training programmes has flourished and The Training Institute expanded into the comprehensive range of courses in counselling that we offer today.

Our Diploma in Counselling was one of the first professional training courses to be recognised by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (I.A.C.P.) in 1996.

Our Foundation in Counselling Skills Course offers an opportunity for personal development and the chance to explore counselling as a career.

While at present a Diploma in Counselling is sufficient to obtain accreditation by the professional bodies, there are some plans to regulate the counselling profession. In line with possible future requirements, Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is offering students a chance to up-skill to Degree level. New intake for the BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy Top-Up Programme began in 2013.

If you are already qualified we offer supervision  for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and supervisors and postgraduate training courses for those who wish to become counselling trainers.

Meet the Team