National Counselling Service NCS | Services

By: Education Finance Board  05/12/2011

The National Counselling Service (NCS) is a professional, confidential counselling and psychotherapy service available free of charge in all regions of the Health Services Executive.  Established in September 2000, the NCS employs over 70 Counsellor/Therapists who are highly qualified and experienced in working with developmental trauma. Clients can refer themselves directly by calling a national freephone number 1800 235234.  Healthcare Professionals can also refer clients.  The core principles of the NCS are consistent with those of the most recently published Irish Healthcare Strategy (Quality & Fairness, 2002).

Ten directors of counselling who have a wealth of experience and knowledge of working with trauma in the public and private sectors globally, manage the NCS on a daily basis.  They work together to ensure that there is consistency of service nationally in terms of professional and ethical standards and equity of service for residents within the State.

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