About Us

“A failure is not a mistake; it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying”

BF Skinner

The Finglas Counselling Service (FCS) was established in 1990’s in response to the mental health needs of the local community. An initiative by the The Little Sisters of  the Assumption based in the area provided funding to train local women in counselling skills. These women provided low-cost counselling to individuals and families who needed help with everyday challenges. The Finglas Counselling Service was officially opened by President Mary Robinson in 1992 and has had many locations around Finglas before moving to St Helena’s Resource Centre a few years ago.

Many caretakers of the service have worked hard providing this badly needed service for nearly 25 years. The service is not for profit and operates through a board of management committee. This committee pledges to uphold the values and principles on which the service was founded. The service offers help with a wide range of physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual issues. At present , ten counsellors work for the service on a voluntary basis. There is also one part time administrator who works through a Community Employment (CE) Scheme.

Our Ethos

“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”

This famous quote is attributed to the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. This quote can remind us that the pain and suffering we have already overcome in our lives builds resilience and strength to help overcome future problems. Sometimes faced with a crisis we find it hard to believe in ourselves and our strengths, this is when we may need to ask for help.

Reaching out for help is not a weakness; it is a sign of strength and courage. Here at the Finglas Counselling Service we are ready, willing, and able to answer your brave call for help.

Woman consoling another woman

Our Aim

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination”

Carl Rogers

Our vision is to create an affordable, professional, and accessible community-based counselling service. We hope to provide our service users with the skills and information they need to practice good mental health both physically and mentally.