Insight Counselling and Support Service

Coping with sight loss can be difficult. There are often strong emotions that follow on from a diagnosis. Anxiety, frustration, fear, anger and depression are some of the feelings expressed by those affected by sight loss.
It is a very normal reaction and most people experience some level of discomfort. It can be helpful in such circumstances to talk to a professional counselor in order to receive support and guidance.
The Fighting Blindness Insight Counselling and Support Service is a free and confidential service for everyone affected by sight loss. We offer:
  • individual sessions
  • couple and family support
  • support group meetings
The service is available in Dublin and Cork. We also offer a telephone counselling service for those who live outside of these areas or are unable to travel.
Support groups
In addition to individual and family psychotherapy services, we offer support groups for people with a visual impairment to share their feelings and experiences with others facing the same challenges.
The support groups are based in Dublin and Cork.
Dublin Support Group
The first Wednesday of every month 6pm – 8pm
The Central Hotel Exchequer Street Dublin 2
Cork Support Group
The last Wednesday of every month 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Irish Guide Dogs Centre Ballincollig Cork
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment please contact us on 01 674 6496 or email insight@fightingblindness.ie.

Insight Counselling and Support Service

The Need to Talk programme offers free support to adults and young people (over the age of eleven) who are blind or partially sighted, and anyone who supports a person with sight loss.
Who is Need to Talk for?
If you live in the border region of Ireland (Donegal, Louth, Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim and Monaghan), Northern Ireland or Western Scotland, our Need to Talk service can offer you free counselling and confidence building. The Need to Talk team is made up of skilled counsellors and confidence-building professionals who have extensive experience in supporting people impacted by sight loss.
So if you have experienced sight loss and feel worried about the future or changes you are facing; feel sad, angry or anxious about things that affect your day-to-day life, contact the Need to Talk team today on 01 674 6496 or needtotalk@fightingblindness.ie.
Need to Talk is delivered in a number of ways
  • Telephone counselling
  • Face-to-face counselling – available in Donegal, Louth, Cavan, Sligo, Leitrim and Monaghan
  • Face-to-face Living with Sight Loss courses
Project sponsor
The €1.8million cross-border project is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Counselling NCBI

NCBI offers one-to-one counselling and family counselling to anyone affected by sight loss, both in person and by telephone. Counselling services are available nationally.
In addition to counselling, NCBI hosts a wide range of peer support and interest groups across the Lifecycle Model.
For more information on counselling and peer support, please contact NCBI on (01) 830 7033.
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