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HSE Counselling In Primary Care (CIPC) for those aged 18 and over

The HSE NCS Counselling in Primary Care Service (CIPC) provides time-limited counselling to adults across Ireland.

This service is available to adults over 18 years who are medical card holders and experiencing mild to moderate psychological and emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety, panic reactions, relationship problems, loss issues, and stress. Many people who are currently attending have sought counselling to address the impact of the pandemic.

CIPC provides up to 8 counselling sessions with a professionally qualified and accredited Counsellor/Therapist. CIPC operates from over 240 locations situated throughout Ireland, typically local Primary Care Centres.

CIPC is a client-centred service, Counsellors/Therapists employ a range of psychological therapies depending on the presenting issues and assessed needs of clients who attend. Counselling approaches include person-centred, cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, integrative and supportive therapies.

How to Access the CIPC Service


The service is only available to medical card holders.  Referrals to the service are accepted from GPs, Primary Care Team members or other health care professionals. The service is available throughout Waterford. Once your GP/Primary Care Team practitioner has arranged a referral you must contact your local CIPC service to opt-in to counselling. You can do this by phoning the service in your area