"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 one of Ireland’s longest standing training centres offering IACP approved courses. Download a brochure of 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

Experience
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 .

40th Anniversary


When we were founded in 1982, mental health promotion was limited. We are proud of our work in Cork and the progress of our clients and students. For our anniversary, aswell as celebrating many years of service, we are reaching out to our community, our sister community organisations and to counsellors. We’ve participated in “Joy In The Park”, “Together At The Castle” and “Cycle Against Suicide”. We have run our Together Series with sister services.

Our main event was held on the 26th of August in the Kingsley Hotel. ‘Creative Beings’ featured guest speakers Louise O’ Neill (author), Shane Casey (actor AKA Billy Murphy), Honor Carrol (Head of Counselling MTU), Biddy McDonagh (Traveller Visibility Group), Michael Moynihan (journalist) and Julie Goo (poet). Music was by Eoin O’Riabhaigh, Aidan Coffey and Ronan O’Driscoll (photographed above). Local politicians and sister services (such as Sexual Violence Centre, Penny Dinners, Cork Migrant Centre) were represented aswell as HSE and Tusla. Photographs of the event are available here.

And don’t let the occasion go without 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...