MDN General Counselling Service
The MDN Counselling Service is a low cost counselling service which provides a safe, supportive, confidential space. This service is open to all people, both men and women, who may be affected by issues in their lives that are impacting on their mental health, wellbeing and relationships, and who wish to bring about change in their lives.
Counselling is a collaborative relationship between client and counsellor which works to help the client find solution or resolution to issues affecting their life.
What you can expect if you contact us
When you contact our service you will be given an appointment date and time for assessment. This assessment involves completing a client information sheet and a questionnaire, followed by giving some background information is taken on why you have come to counselling and what you hope to get from it. On completion, you will be assigned a counsellor who will contact you to organise your appointment dates and times.
Here are some of issues we help our clients with:
- grief and bereavement
- domestic violence
- interpersonal relationships
MDN Counselling Service for Men
Our counselling service for men provides a safe space for men who experience marginalisation, especially through poverty and exclusion. Our counselling work touches on areas of men’s lives such as; family, relationships, social circumstances, health (mental and physical), work, socialisation, conditioning and feelings.
The focus of this work is especially for men who haven’t found this through the mainstream channels. We realise that there is a very poor take up of these services by men through the more mainstream channels and our service model is designed with this target group of men in mind.
Men’s issues can be complex, with layers of problems heaped upon one another including long-term unemployment, poor health, poverty. Our Men’s Development Programme, outreach work which includes, Summer Schools, Regional days, Issue Based days (including Men’s health, suicide, education, Parenting), training days and our Men’s Development Groups, presentations and profiling that men present for support.
From our access to large numbers of men who experience challenges in life The Men’s Development Network has developed specialist counselling interventions for working with these men.
The Men’s Development Network’s counselling service is funded by the Department of Social Protection through the Family Support Agency.