"I feel better in myself after talking to the counsellor"
People can refer themselves by simply contacting the service via the number provided and not through an organisation. Alternatively, referrals can be made on behalf of a client by either friends or family or service provider.
In April 2019 The Traveller Counselling Service in conjuction with the Traveller Mediation Service and Exchange House Ireland ran a Conference exploring The Impact Of Inter-family Conflict on Traveller Mental Health.
A conference report will available in the coming weeks
“As manager of the organisation, I have seen the impact since the local counselling service was set up some years now. The taboo that Travellers always had in relation to counselling is no longer there.”
“Our clients have said that they do feel the benefit of using the service for a number of reasons. Before they did not understand counselling or what it was for, and to be able to talk to someone about their problems and issues, whether it be drug related or not, in a "safe and confidential environment" is key.”
(Jim O’Brien, Manager, Bray Traveller’s Community Development Group Ltd.)