Down Syndrome Ireland’s counselling service provides expertise, understanding and support to parents, siblings and people with Down syndrome. The service also provides training seminars and lectures to the professional community connected by Down syndrome.

What is Counselling?
Counselling is a process that involves the development of a unique, confidential helping relationship. The counsellor and client work together to gain a greater understanding of feelings, behaviours, relationships with others, situations, choices and decisions. Counselling helps people address and resolve issues which are causing difficulty in their lives. This may involve, learning new skills to cope better with problems, gaining greater understanding of what is occurring, or being supported while recovering from some significant life event.

The counsellor offers a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which clients can:

    • Receive the support they need to resolve issues and make decisions
    • Deal with negative feelings and emotions
    • Gain clarity and perspective on the issue
    • Identify and explore personal resources and develop new skills.
    • The Counsellor can also provide information and referral to a range of services.

What can I expect when I come for counselling?

    • A counsellor who will listen with respect and provide information and support
    • A counsellor who works to the highest professional standards and adheres to a strict code of ethics
    • Receives ongoing professional supervision
    • Receives up to date training and development