How to know when you need to see a Counsellor

Counselling can be beneficial to most people and can help with stress and difficult times in all our lives.

There are many reasons why accessing our counselling service may be a step in the right direction for you. Modern society can be complex and demanding on our mental health and wellbeing. Looking for help is the first step in improving our levels of  stress.

Our  counselling service  can be accessed by self referral and is staffed by fully qualified and accredited psychotherapists. The service is donation based and while a waiting list applies, it is not too long at present. Contact us on 071 9170329 or by email or call into the centre

10 signs you may find counselling helpful
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Depression and low mood
  • Bereavement
  • Anger Management
  • Social anxiety
  • Addiction issues
  • Relationship Problems
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive Compulsions
  • Need to talk with a professional therapist

When you call us to make an appointment you will be asked some very basic question. Your name, contact number, where you heard of our service, if there is a preferred time for an appointment. We will then inform you of our donation policy–this is agreed between you and the counsellor at the first appointment and depends on what you feel you can afford to pay but is always set at a low affordable level.

This form will be passed to our counselling service and when an appointment becomes available, the counsellor will contact you on her own phone. So don’t be expecting a call from the St. Michael’s phone number !You can speak to her in further detail when making an appointment.

Couple and Child Counselling:

Couple and child counselling is available. Two of our counsellors see children, (under 18) and we try to ensure where possible that children are not waiting.

One counsellor sees couples so there may be a slightly longer wait time for couple counselling.

When you have been allocated an appointment, you can attend the Centre (Plenty of parking available) and go immediate to the counsellor without calling to reception. You are of course welcome to call in to the office if you have any queries about where to go or wait.

Contact us at 071 9170329 or email


All further contact is between you and the counsellor. We ask that you let the counsellor if you cannot keep an appointment or if you have changed your mind about attending so the space can be allocated to someone else on the waiting list

Rainbow Programme

The new revised Rainbow Programme for children bereaved by the loss of a parent or significant person in their family and for children whose parents have separated or divorces will commence on September 18th for  9 weeks

The places on the Separation groups are all taken but we do have one or two places on the Bereavement groups.

We are taking names for the following programme which will take place in January 19

Anyone interested in volunteering to train as a facilitator in the Autumn please contact the centre for details

20 years serving the Sligo community

On September 11th last St.Michael’s Family life centre celebrated 20 years serving the local community. In that time thousands of people have passed through the centre accessing courses and counselling and support of various sorts. Many have remained in touch over the years and many have told us that the centre was a lifesaver at times of trouble. Hundreds of children have attended our Rainbow programme which helps children come to terms with bereavement through death or divorce/separation over the past 20 years Many thanks to our volunteer Facilitators who have given their time and committment over so many years.

We opened our ceiliúradh garden to mark the occasion and hopefully this garden whose name means, celebration, will grow and flourish with the centre over the coming years.
To all who helped in the past 20 years, to all who visited and to all who continue to do so, many thanks.

On a less happy note, we continue to struggle to maintain our service and have reached a critically low point financially at present. Over the past 6-7 years funding has dropped and costs have risen so we now find ourselves struggling to maintain our service. We will continue to do so and hopefully some source of funding will materialize in the new year. With an improving economy and government funds rising, it may not be too much to hope for a little extra funding. A very small amount would mean the difference between continuing our service at the same level or having to reduce it further.
Any of you who may be thinking of doing some sponsored run or walk or similar, perhaps you might consider St.Michael’s as your charity of choice. Any company or business which might be willing to sponsor us even by a few hundred Euro would be most appreciated. It is very likely that some of your staff or their families have accessed the Centre in one way or another over the last 20 years and will wish to do so in the futuregarden benchgroup and cakeMayor comingoutside openingtalking togeth



St Michael’s 20th celebrations

In September 2015 the Centre celebrates 20 years serving the community of Sligo and its environs. We are marking this occasion with the opening of a new garden and work is underway at present. The design is in place and plants decided upon. So let’s hope the rain stops and allows the work to proceed. The official opening is scheduled for 11th September next when we hope to have past and present friends and users of the centre present. Any contributions by way of plants or money would be most welcome. Any gardeners or indeed Garden Centres who would like to sponsor a plant please get in touch.

St. Michaels Family Life Centre's photo.