Counselling after abuse

National Counselling Service for Survivors of Institutional Abuse

What is the National Counselling Service for Survivors of Institutional Abuse?

The National Counselling Service for Survivors of Institutional Abuse has been developed as a result of the Government's decision to ensure that all survivors of such abuse have access to the highest standards of counselling in their own area.

Counselling services for survivors of institutional abuse are now available in all the Health Board areas. Each board is to have its own director of counselling, and these directors have all now been appointed. The service will be developed further over forthcoming months.

The Health Boards will work closely with the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse to provide counselling to people attending the commission, and the National Counselling Service has committed to a close relationship with survivors groups. The directors of counselling can be contacted at the freephone numbers below.

How can I contact my nearest National Counselling Service Director?

  • Eastern Regional Health Authority:

Northern Area:

Ms Isolde Blau,

Laragh Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234110

South Western Area:

Fiona McCarthy,

Laragh Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234112

East Coast Area:

Rachel Mooney,

Laragh Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234111

  • Midland Health Board:

Mr Jonathan Egan,

The Arches Adult Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234113

  • Western Health Board:

Ms Teresa Flacke,

Woodquay Centre Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234114

  • Mid Western Health Board:

Ms Noreen Harrington,

Adult Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234115

  • Southern Health Board:

Dr Philip Moore,

Adult Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234116

Ms Fiona Ward,

Adult Counselling Service.

Freephone 1800 234117

  • South Eastern Health Board:

Mr Gerard O'Neill,

Adult Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234118

  • North Western Health Board

Mr Tom McGrath,

Adult Counselling Service.

Freephone: 1800 234119

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