Support Services

Crisis Counselling

Crisis counselling can help individuals deal with an upsetting event or situation by offering assistance and support, while aiming to improve a person’s coping strategies in the here and now. It is usually for a short period of time.

Long Term Psychotherapy

This involves developing a therapeutic relationship over time with a therapist in order to address mental health concerns or to deal with a source of life stress. It can help the person to develop skills for dealing with or overcoming stress, worries, problematic thoughts or behaviours.

Couples’ Therapy

This type of support is often very useful in providing a safe and private setting for a couple to work through challenges together, whether in their relationship or as a result of external circumstances. It is important that each partner in the relationship feels that they have equal say, in a balanced session.

Family Support

Family sessions can involve everyone and can be comprised entirely of adults, or can involve children too, if suitable. It provides a setting that is respectful of each person’s position so that when the family group is leaving, they all feel that they’ve had a chance to be heard and understood.

Support Groups

In support groups, the individuals support each other, while the therapist facilitates and ensures that nobody is dominating the session. These sessions are about sharing experiences as opposed to telling another person what to do. They provide a safe environment which encourages people to interact. These groups are organic and develop around the needs on that particular day, rather than following a set programme. We currently hold monthly support groups in Dublin, Cork and Limerick on the first Wednesday, last Wednesday and third Thursday of the month respectively.

Telephone Counselling Service

For people living outside of Dublin or for those who are unable to travel, we offer a telephone support service. This service can also be helpful for someone who needs an immediate response. Call Insight on 01 674 6496.

Information about Conditions

We endeavour to provide information to people who have been diagnosed with a retinal condition, as well as providing updates on any research that may be developing in that area. We do this in several ways through reports and updates on our website and in our published materials, as well as through the public engagement day at our annual Retina Conference. We are also very happy to discuss this over the phone through the Fighting Blindness office.

Connect with Other Services

We can help you to identify any other services which may be of benefit to you. These services include organisations such as the NCBI – the national sight loss agency, the Irish Guide Dogs, and ChildVision, who offer training in mobility, independent living skills, visual aids and assistive technology amongst other services.

Hospital Supports

We provide support services at the Research Department of the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital in Dublin every Wednesday and Thursday morning, and the Mater Hospital Eye Clinic in Dublin each Thursday morning.

The Exchange Club

This era of fast moving technology offers people who are visually impaired an opportunity to improve the quality of their communications with others, using such equipment as mobile phones with Talks, iPhones with voiceover and interface with laptops, etc. The Exchange Club is a place for people with a visual impairment to meet friends and help each other to get the best use of such technology. The Exchange Club meets on Monday mornings from 11am to 1pm. For further information, please contact Insight on 01 674 6496 or email insight@fightingblindness.ie.