What we do
We in Cura offer free support and counselling services, both over the phone and in face-to-face sessions in Cura centres across Ireland. Our trained counsellors can give you both practical information and emotional support, and we will be there for you for as long as you need us. You don’t need a referral, and there are no waiting lists.
You can attend on your own, or with your partner or other family member. Cura can support your partner or other family member if they feel they would also like to see a counsellor. Depending on what you want and what you think will be most useful for you, a counsellor will see you together or separately. Normally a counsellor will see both separately at least once.
Services are available to both men and women and are provided:
- During pregnancy (whether it was planned or unplanned)
- After an abortion
- During a baby’s first year
For more information on Cura counselling and what it's like, click here.
What we don't do
Cura counsellors don't provide medical checkups or prenatal/postnatal classes.
We don’t hold group therapy sessions or facilitate support groups, though a number of family members may attend Cura together.
Cura counsellors also don’t provide contact details for abortion clinics, or information on abortion services. However you are free to discuss abortion, and your counsellor will not direct you or try to influence your decisions.
We don’t engage in political lobbying. We are here to support our clients and provide our services to those who need them.
How Counselling Helps
Your counsellor's aim is to help you find your own solutions and to support you as you do this. Your counsellor is trained to help you to unpick complex issues and look at them in detail, so that you can make positive changes. Your counsellor can also help you with talking to your partner or friends and family if you need it. Your counsellor can also give you help with:
- Practical information on your rights and entitlements, and the supports available if you’re in education or if you’re working.
- Information on other helpful services such as medical and financial services etc. if required.
Be honest with your counsellor. If you are unhappy or worried about counselling let your counsellor know.
Don't be afraid to ask questions or to ask your counsellor to explain things if you don't understand.
Cura Counselling is:
- A process where you (the client) and your counsellor take time to explore difficulties or stressful feelings you may be having.
- A way for your counsellor to help you to manage and deal with stressful situations you may be facing.
- A method of helping you to see things more clearly, or understand your own feelings and needs.
- A safe space where you can speak freely with someone you can trust.
- Free - there is no charge to you, no matter how many appointments you have.
- Specialised – your counsellor is specially trained to help you and has experience in dealing with all kinds of issues relating to crisis pregnancy.
Cura Counselling is not:
- Advice - your counsellor will not tell you what you should or shouldn't do.
- Judgemental - Your counsellor does not judge you, or expect you to do things the way they would.
- Directive - Your counsellor leaves their own values and beliefs to one side and focuses on what you is right for you. You make decisions for yourself.
- Just a chat - Your counsellor has been specially trained to help you to explore your situation and thoughts.
- Always a quick fix - it can take time to work on the difficulties you may be having. Don't give up on the process if you don't feel better straight away.