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Support Services

Addiction Counselling by Helplink
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road,
091 759887

Addiction Counselling Galway and Online Nationwide
Addictions allow people a temporary dangerous escape from their problems, and can develop quickly or over time from many activities such as  alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, shopping, sex and misuse of the internet.

Addictions allow people a temporary dangerous escape from their problems, and can develop quickly or over time from many activities such as  alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, shopping, sex and misuse of the internet.

Helplink Support Services provides a specialised professional addiction counselling service through it’s fully accredited professional addiction counsellors, in a safe and caring environment.

If you are a Full-Time Student or Unemployed and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment (e.g. Jobseeker’s Benefit/Allowance, Disability Benefit, Illness Benefit), one appointment costs  €30.

One standard appointment for employed people costs €60.
Addiction Service Team:
GLYN JONES (Addiction Counsellor): Glyn holds a Level 7 degree in Counselling and is an Executive Board Member (Vice-Chairman) of Addiction Counsellor’s of Ireland. Glyn is fully accredited with Addiction Counsellor’s of Ireland (ACI), Glyn is also an Advocate for Youth Advocacy Galway (YAP).

*To cancel or postpone an appointment you must contact us 48 hours before your appointment is due to take place or you may be subject to a cancellation fee.

Galway County
Galway City
Art Therapy Galway by Helplink
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road,
091 759887

Art Therapy by Helplink (Galway only)
Art therapy is the use of art materials for self expression and reflection in the presence of a qualified art therapist. Art therapy is a unique process, combining creativity and psychotherapy for growth, awareness and healing. It is done in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.

  Why do people see an Art Therapist?

Some people can find it difficult to talk directly about their feelings and experiences. Using art materials can be an alternative form of expression.
The art process itself can be deeply relaxing, satisfying and positive. It can provide some physical and emotional relief as we express feelings using tactile art materials.
Art therapy can potentially provide a space where people can experiment, make a mess, be playful and spontaneous.

  Do I need to be artistic?

No artistic skill is necessary. It is not about making realistic drawings or painting a masterpiece. The artistic quality of the end product is unimportant. The therapist will not make judgments and all work is accepted in its own right.

  What will happen in a session?

Sessions usually last for between 50 minutes to an hour, at the same time and place each week. A range of art materials will be available in each session and you can choose what to make or do, with freedom to express your experiences and thoughts in your own individual way. All images you make, and what you may say about them is treated as confidential

Art Therapy can help with: addiction and recovery, anger, bullying, depression, low self esteem and confidence, grief and bereavement, stress and anxiety and much more!

Group workshops are also available. Please contact us for further information.

The cost for this specialist counselling service is only €50 Euro an appointment.

*To cancel or postpone an appointment you must contact us 48 hours before your appointment is due to take place or you may be subject to a cancellation fee.

(Caregivers must give written permission to us for young people under 18 and children to participate in art therapy).

 

Galway County
Galway City
Galway Counselling Service by Helplink
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road,
091 759887

Helplink Support Services is a charitable organisation providing  mental health and conflict resolution services locally, nationally and internationally.
In Person Galway Counselling Service (online service available nationwide & beyond):

Helplink’s professional, qualified,  insured and Garda vetted counsellors are there at times to suit you, 7 days a week: 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday or 12 to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday (Closed on Bank Holidays and Christmas/New Year’s Eve).

If you are a Full-Time Student (part-time counselling student) or Unemployed and in receipt of a social protection payment (e.g. Jobseeker’s Benefit/Allowance, Disability Benefit, Illness Benefit), one appointment costs  €30.

One standard appointment for employed people costs €50 or €45 with a GP referral (letter or email), you can also buy a bundle package of 6 appointments for €290.

For lots of information about mental health, interesting posts and info on our special offers please go to (and like) our Facebook page by clicking here

We can help if you are dealing with: Feeling unhappy, feeling low, being constantly worried, not sleeping, feeling stressed out and/or anxious, behaviour problems, anger issues, feeling sad, difficulty dealing with a death, being bullied/cyber bullied, feeling confused, drinking too much, addiction problems, problems with eating, not feeling good about yourself, lacking in confidence…

*Cancellation fees apply if notice is not given 48 hours before your appointments is due to take place.

Galway County
Galway City
Helplink Play Therapy Service Galway
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road, Galway
Helplink Support Services
1st Floor, The Plaza, Headford Road,

8 appointments for 500 Euro
091 759887
Play Therapy

Play Therapy Service by Helplink Support Services.

This form of therapy allows the child time and space to play out and express their feelings through their most natural method of communication – PLAY.

In our Galway Play Therapy service appointments are 45 minutes long, they are non-directive and non-investigative in nature, whereby the child leads the session and the therapist follows. The playroom holds the play therapy ‘tool kit’ which includes sand, clay, puppets, role play, art materials, therapeutic stories, creative visualisations and music/movement.

The aim is that when the child feels comfortable they will begin to express the negative or difficult emotions through their play, the therapist is able to track and observe what is happening and gently guide the child when necessary. The therapist provides the space which allows the child to play as they need to with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for physical and emotional safety). All play therapy sessions are confidential, details of the sessions shall only be disclosed in line with child protection procedures.

Who is Play Therapy for?

Any child over the age of 3 years can benefit from appointments as play therapy nurtures creative thinking, builds self-esteem, confidence, resilience and much more. Play therapy can be specifically used to support children with any emotional or behavioural difficulties, who have suffered bereavement/loss, suffering with anxiety or are having any family issues but to name a few referral reasons. At this time appointments are only available in Galway.

Our Play Therapist

Denise Gordon is graduate of NUI Galway and the Academy of Child and Play Psychotherapy. She holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Based Play Therapy (NFQ:Level 9), as well as this Denise has completed her Degree in Arts with Children Studies (NUIG). All of Denise’s work is guided by the Play Therapy International Framework and she is a member of Play Therapy Ireland. For more on Play Therapy Ireland, you can visit their Website at http://www.playtherapy.ie/. Furthermore, Denise is supervised, insured and Garda vetted.

Fee for appointment/s

If either parent is working the fee for one appointment is 65 euro*

It both parents (or if lone parent) are (is) unemployed one appointment is 45 euro

*Employed Parents/Carers can also buy a bundle of 8 appointments for 500 euro.

Galway County
Galway City
Online Counselling Nationwide by Helplink
091 759887

National Online Counselling Service
Online (video and/or instant messaging) counselling works the same as traditional face-to-face counselling. The only difference is that appointments happen through your computer, tablet or smart phone in a place that can be more comfortable and more convenient for you; like your own home, car, office or other private setting!

Helplink’s professional, qualified, insured and Garda vetted counsellors are available at times to suit you, 7 days a week: 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and 12 to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday (Closed on Bank Holidays and Christmas/New Year’s Eve).

Discounted appointments: If you are a Full-Time Student (part-time counselling student) or Unemployed and in receipt of a social protection payment (e.g. Jobseeker’s Benefit/Allowance, Disability Benefit, Illness Benefit), one appointment costs  €30.

One standard appointment for employed people costs €50 or €45 with a GP referral (letter or email), you can also buy a bundle package of 6 appointments for €290.

For lots of information about mental health, interesting posts and info on our special offers please go to (and like) our Facebook page by clicking here

We can help if you are dealing with: Feeling unhappy, feeling low, being constantly worried, not sleeping, feeling stressed out and/or anxious, behaviour problems, anger issues, feeling sad, difficulty dealing with a death, being bullied/cyber bullied, feeling confused, drinking too much, addiction problems, problems with eating, not feeling good about yourself, lacking in confidence…

* Please note if you want to cancel or postpone your session you must do so 48 hours in advance or a cancellation fee may apply.

WARNING We do not provide a crisis service, people seriously contemplating suicide or in need of immediate help should go to their local A&E; Dial 999 for assistance.

Galway County
121 Digital
7 Bramble Glade

We teach adults how to use their mobile phone – free of charge! Adults bring their mobile phone, etc. to their local secondary school for tuition by transition year (TY) students. Lessons are one-to-one and are free. 121 digital provides learning and enjoyment to both young and old so it’s no surprise that 121 digital has spread to many schools since it started in 2010. Adults (our Learners) say they feel more confident, secure, in touch and able to communicate, when they finish the 7 week course. TY students (our Tutors) say … “ … it’s the best thing I did in TY …” A Mentor (often a parent of a student in that school) is trained and supported by 121 digital to organise/run the programme. This minimises workload for the school’s management. Also, Learners are engaged by 121 digital – minimising workload. Your school is invited to participate. 121digital is now an established module of TY in many schools.

1Life Suicide Helpline

1Life is a freephone 24 hour Suicide Prevention Helpline (Freephone: 1-800-24-7-100). This vital helpline is a lifeline for individuals in suicidal crisis and those with any issue related to suicide or self-harm. It is currently the only dedicated 24 hour suicide intervention and prevention helpline, with a team of professional counsellors on hand around the clock, supported by a team of highly trained, specialist volunteers. 1Life is saving lives every day.

A Little Lifetime Foundation
A Little Lifetime Foundation, Carmichael House, 4 Nth Brunswick Street

A Little Lifetime Foundation (formerly Isands), providing information and support to bereaved parents and families since 1983. Working with Health Care Professionals and Others to develop good practices in the area of Infant death. A Little Lifetime Foundation is a registered charity with support and services provided by volunteers. Our aim is to provide information, services and support based on other bereaved parents’ and families’ experiences which can be different but there is a common link that is recognised – the loss of a son or daughter, brother or sister.

Abortion Aftercare

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme was established by the Government to address the issue of crisis pregnancy. It has three central objectives: Reduce the number of crisis pregnancies. Reduce the number of women choosing abortion as an outcome of crisis pregnancy. Safeguard women’s physical and mental health following termination of pregnancy. Post-abortion medical check-ups and post-abortion counselling is available to women living in Ireland who have had an abortion. The counsellors and doctors working in these services are experienced in supporting women who have had an abortion. Abortion aftercare services are free of charge to all women, regardless of their age, income or where they live.

Age Action Ireland
30/31 Lower Camden Street

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.

Age Action Ireland CARE & REPAIR PROGRAMME CORK

The Care & Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people and to provide a befriending service. The programme is currently delivered directly by Age Action volunteers and staff in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Age Action Ireland CARE & REPAIR PROGRAMME GALWAY

The Care & Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people and to provide a befriending service. The programme is currently delivered directly by Age Action volunteers and staff in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Age Action Ireland,  Care & Repair Programme Dublin
Age Action Ireland, 30/31 Lower Camden Street

The Care & Repair Programme was established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people and to provide a befriending service. The programme is currently delivered directly by Age Action volunteers and staff in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Age Action South
St Luke’s Home, Castle Road

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.

Age Action West
2/3 West End Square, Small Crane

Age Action is a charity which promotes positive ageing and better policies and services for older people. Working with, and on behalf of, older people we aim to make Ireland the best place in the world in which to grow older.