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Downstrands Family Counselling Service is part of Downstrands Family Resource Centre, a local charity supporting families in Ardara, Glenties, Rosbeg & Portnoo.

The Counselling Service is a preventative, early intervention service, which means that clients are helped to address issues before they reach a crisis point.

The Counselling Service helps clients to understand and cope better with the day to day
challenges they may face.

Our Counsellors & Play Therapists are highly qualified with years of professional experience. They are well-recognised in their field and highly thought of by our previous and current service users.

They provide a wide range of therapies:

  • Family Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Sand Play Therapy
  • Child & Adult
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Bereavement and Separation Counselling
  • Suicide Prevention Counselling


We know that confidentiality is an extremely important factor when people decide to seek help from our service. The Counselling Service has a separate phone line which is staffed by our Counselling Manager

Adult Counselling 18+

Adolescent Counselling 12-18 years

Play Therapy 3-18 years


You can talk to your GP who will make a referral to our service on your behalf. Once we receive the referral the Counselling Manager will call you with an appointment.

Alternatively you can make a self-referral by calling our Counselling Manager 087 3652577. She will ask for your name and a contact telephone number and will give you information regarding the current waiting times.

Appointments for children can be made through the GP, School Principal or by self referral from a parent.
Young people under 18 wishing to talk to a counsellor can do so in private but will need permission from a parent to use the service.

If you would like more information on any of our Services, please leave your email address and we will get back to you.