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Counselling in Cork

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 and/or to make an appointment for counselling at this time, please call 021-4274951. For Covid Level-5 we are offering phone counselling only. To better understand our counselling services and why people attend, just click here.

We are currently providing telephone counselling only from our premises:
The Centre,
7, Fr. Mathew St,
Cork T12 PW14

Our opening hours for appointments and enquiries are:
Mon-Thur 9:00am – 5:00pm
Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
Evening appointments by request.

We will look with you to see if we can successfully support you in meeting your emotional wellbeing needs.

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).

Counselling Courses

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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 or read below.

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
Accredited by Cork Counselling Services, qualified counsellors learn to become trainers of counsellors. 2 years, part-time.

Becoming a Counsellor

Watch our introductory video Why Train With Us?

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 .


Our service is proud to have stayed open all through the lockdown and provided telephone counselling or face to face counselling as circumstances permit. Payment can be made on a per-session fee or on a donations basis, to be discussed on an individual basis.

All professional training courses also ran to completion and/or certification for the academic year 2019-2020. This was achieved by changing to online video conferencing platforms. Our professional training continues in the 2020-2021 academic year through blended learning – meeting face to face and videoconferencing over Webex as circumstances permit.

Our Centre has had extensive Covid-19 measures implemented to ensure the safe return of clients, students, volunteers and staff. Our building has multiple sanitiser stations, sneeze and respiratory screens and excellent signage. Our cleaning routines are particularly rigorous with the introduction of all wipeable surfaces and room cleaning between counselling sessions. Please cooperate in making our Centre a comfortable and safe place for all to visit.

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