Counselling and Support Services


A new Counselling and Support Service for Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse called “Towards Healing” has commenced providing services.
This new service replaces Faoiseamh Counselling service which has been in operation since 1997 and which provided face to face counselling to nearly 4,000 persons during that time as well as Help line supports to over 15,000 survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse.
“Towards Healing” will build on the work of Faoiseamh and has been established to provide a wider range of services to Survivors, in addition to Help line and face-to-face counselling.
These services which will be developed in consultation with representatives of Survivors will include Healing meetings, group Work, Practical Workshops and a Social Worker/Bridging service designed to seamlessly link clients to either statutory and non-statutory services which arte relevant to their needs, such as health, local authority, educational and social welfare services.
The new service is a one-Church response to Clerical and Religious abuse and is being co-funded by the Irish catholic Bishops’ Conference, CORI and the Irish Missionary Union. Lay, independent Counsellors and Psychotherapists will provide the service. “Towards Healing” can be accessed through its Help line at:
– Free phone Ireland          1800-303-416
– Free phone U.K                0800-0963315
– Email

Other Support Agencies

HSE Child Protection and Welfare: Social Work Department, Monaghan 047-30400
HSC Trust Gateway Team (NI) 028 (048) 7131 4090
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church Ph. 015053018
HSE (ROI) National Counselling Service Ph. 1800235237.
Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (ROI) Ph. 0035312723427
ISPCC/Childline (ROI) Ph 1800666 666
Rian (ROI) Ph. 1800234117
Accord, St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan Ph 04783359
Dochas (ROI) Family Resource Centre, Monaghan Ph 047 71640
Nexus Institute, Enniskillen (NI) Ph. 02866320046
Aisling Centre (NI) Enniskillen Ph 028 66325811
NSPCC (NI) Omagh Ph 028 82248929
Duty and Assessment Team (NI) Community Services Enniskillen Ph 02866344000
Out of Hours Co-ordinator (NI) Erne Hospital Ph 02866382 000
Angela McCrossan, Tel 047-81648…Angela is a counsellor with Accord
Margaret O’Callaghan, Tel  086 2019542
Ann Croarkin,  Counsellor specialising in bereavement…….Tel  047-81781
Sr Margaret McQuaid, Tel 086 3642183
Sally Hughes                Tel  086 2507173
Debbie Flanagan          Tel 086 8431605    Home  042-9746792
These three counsellors can be contacted via Blaney Blades  Tel  042 9753412
Going through this avenue, if money problems exist, they will use a sliding scale for payment
Cliona Deeney (Psychologist with Health Services, (HSE) Rooskey, Monaghan)
Tel 047-30400. Also works with abusers who have been convicted, very approachable.
Monaghan Community Care Office, Rooskey, Monaghan Tel 047-81333
Psychology Services, Community Care in local area Health Board
Dundalk Counselling Services    Tel  042 9338333
Pat Deery, Dundalk  Tel 042 9331833   – did work with Blaney Blades
Dundalk Rape Crisis Centre….Freephone 1800 212122   Tel  042 9339491

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