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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
Awarded by Cork Counselling Services Training Institute, this is an apprenticeship style training for those who hold a recognised qualification in counselling (IACP, IAHIP, PSI Guidelines).  2 years part-time.

Becoming a Counsellor

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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 .

96FM Opinion Line


On Thursday 23rd June at 1030am, our colleague Ms Debbie Hegarty (psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer) was with P.J. Coogan on the Opinion Line on 96FM. The topic for discussion wass How Can People Avoid Being Overwhelmed In These Stressful Times.. You can listen to the interview here Debbie also gave listeners the chance to register interest to attend our 40th Anniversary Celebration on 26th August . Louise O’Neill is the main speaker and its on in the Kingsley Hotel. To register click here. Donations may also be made using the Donate button on the bottom of this page. Thank you for your ongoing support.

ATTITUDE
By Debbie Hegarty

Accept that you might need help
Take a deep breath inwards followed by an intentional out breath
Turn towards your physical sensations with curiosity
Intentional interest in how you are, not how you should be
Temperature Change: ‘diving reflex’ to regulate your overwhelm (i.e. cold shower)
Utilize your support network
Diary: keep a mood diary
Educate yourself about the impact of stress and particularly chronic stress

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...