"where ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference"

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Trusted Therapy

If you (or a loved one) needs counselling in Cork, we provide therapy of the highest standard, regardless of your financial means, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or educational background.

To find out more or to make an appointment for counselling or phone counselling at this time, please call 021-4274951 or submit a self referral form here.

To better understand our counselling services and why people attend, just click here.

Our premises are at:
The Centre,
7, Fr. Mathew St,
Cork T12 PW14

Opening hours are:
Mon-Thur 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
Evening or Saturday appointments by request.

We are members of AACPI (the Association for Agency-based Counselling & Psychotherapy in Ireland) and are members of both the Irish and British Associations of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP and BACP). Professionalism means everything to us.

Professional Training

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Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is Ireland’s longest standing IACP approved training centre. You’ll find a downloadable brochure of our current courses here.

Certificate in Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies
An introduction to professional counselling training and a step-by-step approach towards the Coventry University & IACP-accredited BSc(Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy. 1 year, part-time (Certificate from Coventry University).

BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (4 Yr Programme)
This degree course is accredited by Coventry University and IACP. Train to become a professional practising counsellor. 4 years, part-time.

BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy (Top-up Programme)
Validated and awarded by Coventry University, in keeping with Statutory Regulation, this postgraduate training allows practising counsellors and psychotherapists to top up their existing Diploma to a BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy. 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Certificate in Counsellor Training

Becoming a Counsellor

Interested in becoming a professional counsellor? Watch our introductory video “Why Train With Us?” here

We believe that the best path to becoming a counsellor is in a practice-based environment. This means that our trainers counsel as much as they teach and that theory, research and practice happen together in one place.  
Many of our students do their practice hours in our busy city centre counselling practice under our supervision. As a result, the training links always to the real world. What we do best is experiential learning, self development and relationship. What we don’t do is ivory towers or wishful thinking.

Our training is creative and experiential with highly skilled facilitation. For good reason, we are the longest IACP accredited course provider in the country.

The IACP accredit our honours science degree which holds validation from Coventry University.

Recently, the Complete University Guide put Coventry University “Top New University” in the UK. Check out our student experiences learn about what we do and ask questions .

Creative Beings

When Cork Counselling Services (CCS) was founded in 1982 the south of Ireland had no culture of professional counselling, and awareness around mental health and its treatment was limited. We have come a long way since then. We are more open and educated about these topics than anyone could have imagined in the early days of CCS. This seismic shift in our communities is a good thing and we believe we played a significant part in it. We are proud of our work in Cork and the progress of our clients and students over the past forty years, and we want to make this anniversary a special one. Our main celebration event will be held on the 26th of August in the Kingsley Hotel at 530pm. ‘Creative Beings’ will feature guest speakers Louise O’ Neill, Shane Casey (AKA Billy Murphy), Honor Carrol, Biddy McDonagh, Michael Moynihan and Julie Goo. Music will be provided by Eoin O’Riabhaigh, Aidan Coffey and Ronan O’Driscoll. There is no charge for the invite-only event and refreshments will be provided. Local politicians (from all parties), and representatives from some of Cork’s best community organisations (Penny Dinners, Good Day Cork, Youth Reach, The Cork Life Centre, Sexual Violence Centre) will also be in attendance. Should any past or present client, student, staff member, member of the public or organisation associated with CCS wish to attend they are more than welcome to register their interest in being invited by clicking here. Or celebrate more simply by watching our anniversary video here.

Recent News

Graduation 2022

Our picture shows IACP accredited Diploma in Counselling graduates in 2022

Graduation 2021

Our photograph shows Diploma and Degree Graduates of 2021 –  after the online ceremony!

Why Train With Us?

Here is a short video on Why Train With Us? and another on  Student...