Client Issues

General Counselling

Galway Community Counselling run a counselling service that is open and accessible to all. Most people have at some times experienced periods of difficulty and unhappiness in their lives.  This can affect us on many levels and can have a serious impact on our relationships with others.  Sometimes the reason can be clear and immediate.  In other situations a person may have felt distressed or unhappy for a long time without an obvious cause.  Our therapists are trained to deal with a wide variety of problems. People present for therapy for many different reasons. Some people have difficulty forming and maintaining long term healthy relationships, feeling lonely, isolated and unable to cope.  Others are trying to deal with traumatic events, for example, bereavement, relationship breakdown, family or work difficulties.  More experience sexual or intimacy problems, have low self confidence and may find it difficult to identify and prioritise their own needs without feeling guilt or shame. On our website we outline some of these problems.



Depression varies from person to person, but there are some common signs and symptoms. It's important to remember that these symptoms can be part of life's normal lows. But the more symptoms you have, the stronger they are, and the longer they've lasted — the more likely it is that you're dealing with depression. When these symptoms are overwhelming and disabling, that's when it's time to seek help.
Our trained therapists are here to listen and support a person who may be going through one or more of the following signs :

  • you can't sleep or you sleep too much
  • you can't concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult
  • you feel hopeless and helpless
  • you can't control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try
  • you have lost your appetite or you can't stop eating
  • you are much more irritable and short-tempered than usual

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change."

 - Wayne Dyer 

Just as the symptoms and causes of depression are different in different people, so are the ways to feel better. What works for one person might not work for another, and no one treatment is appropriate in all cases. Talking to one of our trained professional therapists may help you to identify and put together a combination of self-help strategies and lifestyle changes that will enable you to live your life to your full potential. Therapy gives you tools to treat depression from a variety of angles. What's more, what you learn in therapy gives you skills and insight to prevent depression from coming back.

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."

- Mark Twain


Marriage / Relationship Counselling

Many relationships run into difficulties from time to time, we offer a confidential therapeutic service providing the opportunity to explore and understand difficulties in relationships and to work collaboratively with our clients to resolve these problems. Through impartiality and empathy we can provide a space for the couple to talk, listen and be heard.


"Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings"

- Miles Franklin

What sets apart our intimate relationships from all other close relationships in our lives is the presence of physical intimacy. Sex is the most intense expression of that intimacy and healthy relationships are typically characterized by this level of physical intimacy. While sex is frequently viewed as a physical needs or drive it is in fact an important form of communication in relationships. Couples are often at their most open when physically close and for many of us it is a way of expressing our deep attachment to our partner. For a whole variety of reasons, many to do with our upbringing and background, many people find it very difficult to communicate with their partner about sexual issues in their relationship and this is particularly so when problems arise. Consequently many couples may struggle with a sexual difficulty often for long periods of time before seeking help.


"You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you"

- Frederick Buechner

If your relationship is about to end or has ended we are here to help. We understand how difficult relationship endings are and how much more complicated it can be when children are involved. We are here to make sure that you get the support and assistance you need during this time. The decision to separate is not an easy one even if you haven’t been close for a long time.  You may be the one who wants to leave or be the one who is left behind and naturally may have concerns about how the affect this will have.  Talking it over with a professional can help you to work through painful feelings and take practical steps.




Losing someone you love is very painful. After a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt.  Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never let up. While these feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, they are normal reactions to loss. Accepting them as part of the grieving process and allowing yourself to feel what you feel is necessary for healing. There is no right or wrong way to grieve — but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain. You can get through it. Grief that is expressed and experienced has a potential for healing that eventually can strengthen and enrich life. Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one, a close family member, a dear friend – and this type of loss does often cause the most intense grief.

"Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains"

-Kahlil Gibran

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving.Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.



Everyone at some time in their lives can feel suicidal, recent research has found that most suicides can be related to depression and while most people do not want to die they want the pain to stop.

"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

 -  Phil Donahue 

The effects of suicide on family members and friends can be devastating, frightening confusing and profound. The passing of a loved one through suicide can bring feelings of loss, grief and mourning. Often the fact that a loved ones death appeared to involve an element of choice can raise painful questions. Research suggests that feelings associated with shame, stigmatisation, rejection and guilt can be more pronounced when a family member or friend dies by suicide.

"Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names."

 - Old  Proverb 

For the people left bereaved by suicide life can be bleak and full of shame, guilt and hopelessness. Our qualified therapists are available to meet the person where they are in their loss and with support and empathy over time to address the client's personal grief and explore their feelings.

"God's finger touched him, and he slept."

 -  Alfred, Lord Tennyson 




In the best interests of protecting the confidentiality of our clients, we do not write legal reports.  We can however offer a statement of attendance on request.


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