If something is troubling you it can be worth spending some time thinking and talking about why this may be happening. Many of us face issues at various points through our life – it’s important that we deal with them the best way we can. If you’re experiencing any of the following, or want to explore something else you’ve been thinking about, it might be worth considering accessing a counselling / therapy service:
Lack of confidence: worried about failing, never feeling good enough, feeling judged.
Depression: feeling isolated, lonely, empty, tearful, unloved, suicidal.
Destructive behaviour: harming yourself, abusive relationships, alcohol, drugs.
Bereavement: loss, anger, loneliness, sadness & depression.
Relationship difficulties: partners, sexual and emotional intimacy issues, family and friends, colleagues, commitment, jealousy, abuse.
Family issues: partners, children, parenting, separation and divorce, homesickness.
Sex and sexuality: coming out to yourself and others, exploring your beliefs and attitudes to gay sex and the “scene”, exploring your sexual identity and how it affects your lifestyle choices, your HIV status.
There is a wide range of counselling services available to gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men. Below is a list of services that are available free of charge.
Gay Men’s Health Service,
Outhouse, 105 Capel St, Dublin 1.
Counselling services are offered at Outhouse for GMHS and are free, friendly and confidential. All individuals requesting counselling are seen first for one assessment to determine the type of involvement needed. The counselling service has been increasingly in demand, resulting in a waiting time for services.
BelongTo Youth Services,
Parliament House, 13 Parliament Street, Dublin 2.
BeLonG To Youth Service and Pieta House have started a counselling service for LGBT+ young people. If you’re between 14yrs – 24yrs old, and are self-harming or thinking of suicide, they can help.
Call 01- 6235606 to book an appointment through Pieta House Ballyfermot , under 18s must have guardian consent. The appointments are every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at BeLonGTo.
70 Eccles Street, Dublin 7.
HIV Ireland offer counselling services for all population groups living with, or affected by, HIV.