Therapeutic Supports

Counselling Supports at Hospital FRC

Hospital Family Resource Centre offers individual, family and couple counselling in a safe and confidential environment. We also offer support for people affected by problem gambling.

Many people feel worried, depressed or anxious at some time in their lives and it helps to have someone to talk to.  Friends and family can be supportive but they may have problems of their own or you may not want to share intimate details with them.

If you are going through stress, anxiety or worry, or have a problem you wish to talk through with an experienced and qualified Counsellor, we offer a safe and confidential counselling service at a nominal rate.

To make an appointment for counselling please phone 061 383884 and ask for Mary or AnneMarie.

Problem Gambling Support

Problem gambling is a compulsion to continue gambling despite the desire to stop and suffering the negative consequences it may have. It can have a serious financial impact on a person and their loved ones and can also cause severe stress, depression and anxiety. People with gambling problems are found in all age groups, income groups, cultures and jobs.

If you are a gambler, or a family member or friend of a gambler help and support are available.

The service includes –

  • Individual Counselling for people experiencing problems with gambling.
  • Counselling for family members impacted by gambling.
  • Signposting to appropriate services.
  • Group information and awareness raising sessions.

It is run by a professional therapist who will offer you a confidential, impartial and safe place to explore the impact that gambling is having on your life.

To make an appointment or a simple enquiry please text or call Brenda (MIACP) on 083 207 6403 or email

Creative Art Therapy

Marianne O’Connell,  Art Therapist uses art media and creative inventions to encourage self-expression and reflection within a therapeutic relationship.  The aim of this therapy is to improve mental health and maintain the emotional wellbeing of participants.  
Who can benefit from Creative Art Therapy?
At Hospital FRC, we offer support to children and young people from the ages of 5 – 18.  No  previous art experience is necessary.  The therapist may invite the parent/guardian in for a session with the child if she feels it will be of benefit.  
What happens in Creative Art Therapy?
A session can last between 30 – 60 minutes.  Sessions occur on a one-to-one basis and take place in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.  Art therapy is usually client led, however the therapist may suggest themes and directives.  The art therapist will provide a range of art materials for the client to work with, for example; paints, pastels, collage materials and objects.  
We charge a nominal fee of up to €25 per session. 

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy groups interact with horses to develop their personal awareness, team work, and communication skills amongst others. It is predominantly a non-riding process with some horseback work & some ground work.

Research with participants shows increased resilience and life skills with lower levels of anxiety and stress. 

The following changes were mentioned by parents after their child attended Equine Therapy: 

  • Improved Self-Esteem             
  • Increased Confidence 
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • More able to talk about feelings  
  • Less Anxious & Worried  
  • Family life less stressful


There is a €20 weekly cost per session. Hospital FRC subsidises this service. If this is not affordable let us know and we will work out a payment that is suitable for you.

Contact AnneMarie on 0861745820 to complete an expression of interest form. 

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Emergency Supports

Hospital Family Resource Centre does not offer emergency counselling support services.

If you or someone you know are at risk of suicide or self harm,  the following emergency supports are available to help:

  • Your local doctor/GP – in person or on the phone
  • The Accident & Emergency department of your nearest hospital
  • GP out of hours service Shannon Doc  – phone 0818 123 500
  • Suicide Intervention Response in Limerick at 085 1777631 between 5pm and 6am  – crisis calls only
  • 24/7 Emergency services – phone  999 or 112
  • Crisis Unit, University Hospital Limerick – phone  061 482354
  • Aware Free support line – contact 1800 80 48 48 between 10am and 10pm
  • Suicide or Survive Helpline – call 1890 577 577
  • Samaritans  – call 116123 or text 087 260 9090 
  • Pieta House Free 24/7 Crisis Helpline: call 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444
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Booking Enquiry Form

If you would like to make an enquiry about an upcoming event, please fill out the form below. Please ensure you specify which event or programme you are interested in.

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