Insight Counselling Service – Spring 2016 Update

The Insight Counselling Service celebrates its fourteenth birthday this year. The founding principle in 2002 was simple and clear. We wanted to establish an emotional support service which acknowledged that it was not just the individual with sight loss who was affected but also his/her partner, children, extended family and friends. The fulfilment of that vision remains at the heart of all we do today.

Insight Counselling is based on the third floor of 7 Ely Place just a short walk from Stephens Green. It is well served by public transport (bus, DART and LUAS) and appointments can be arranged outside of normal office hours to accommodate the individual needs of clients and visitors.

Here in our discreet city centre premises we offer a range of services including psychotherapy, support and technological assistance groups. We also operate an outreach programme one day per week in Cork city.

The issue of mobility is a crucial one for anyone dealing with sight loss, particularly so for those living in rural areas. This predicament is often exacerbated by the fact that public transport systems outside major areas of population tend to be limited in terms of routes and frequencies. In response to such difficulties we operate a nationwide telephone counselling service to enable people access our service with ease irrespective of where they live. As with face-to-face appointments our telephone counselling service is available outside of normal office hours.

One of the more innovative developments in recent times at Insight Counselling has been the establishment of the Visionaries Music School. Operating each Saturday from our Ely Place premises, it facilitates the teaching of music to vision impaired and blind students (both children and adults) and is based on the internationally renowned Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at the Lighthouse Guild, New York. The school’s ethos emphasises the enrichment gained through life-long musical experience and currently we offer classes in piano, guitar, clarinet, banjo and bouzouki. Whilst places are fully booked for this term we do have plans to increase the number of students we can facilitate and expand the range of classes on offer, finances and space allowing. However, the Visionaries Choir remains open to new members joining at any time. We hope that the next twelve months will bring further exciting developments in terms of additional services for young people, those coping with dual sensory loss and the provision of on-line counselling platforms.

If you would like to avail of any of our services or have an initial conversation on how best we can help you, please call us in confidence on 01 674 6496.

Our counselling service is free and available to anyone living on the island of Ireland. The Visionaries Music School is substantially subsidised by Fighting Blindness but modest fees do apply for all classes.

For more details please visit our website www.FightingBlindness.ie/Support.