Family Support

advocacy, advice and information

From recent experiences , we have noted the need to develop a new service here at Dóchas. Some families who are new to the Autism Journey orare finding a diagnosis particularly difficult are contacting us and feeling very overwhelmed. We began discussions with a parent who has been through the journey twice before and is currently studying in Advocacy & Information. We are looking to aid with information and guidance parents may need.

This will include:
• A friendly ear to listen
• Assist people to access and understand appropriate information and services.
• Based on own personal journey / experiences
• Offer advice on processes / techniques
• Information on services and resources available
• Advocacy, Advice only basis
Dóchas will cover the cost of this service, but if any person wishes to donate while attending the service, we would be very grateful. For bookings or further information, please email


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Counselling Services


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The HSE also provides Counselling in Primary Care (CIPC).

This service is for people with mild to moderate psychological difficulties. It is a short-term counselling service that provides up to 8 counselling sessions with a professionally qualified and accredited Counsellor/Therapist.

It is a service for medical card holders, who are 18 years of age or over, and who want help with psychological problems that are appropriate for time limited counselling in primary care.

The service is suitable for people who are experiencing certain difficulties such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic reactions
  • relationship problems
  • loss issues
  • stress

Standardised CIPC Information leaflets and referral forms about Counselling in Primary Care can be downloaded by clicking on the below links:

Contact details for CIPC Counselling Co-Ordinators:

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Dóchas Midwest Autism Support was established by parents in 1997 in response to the need for an organisation to represent the needs of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Mid-West region. The charity supports children, young adults and their families.

14 Parnell Street, Limerick