As part of our crisis intervention service we offer short-term focused counselling for individuals and couples to those young people and adults who have been bereaved by someone’s suicide or who feel in crisis themselves or may be dealing with emotional or mental distress.  Some people find it more helpful to talk openly and in confidence to someone outside of their family or friends. Counselling offers a safe and professional space where personal issues can be explored, in order to create change. The counsellor does not judge or offer advice and helps to look at different options or coping strategies.

All our counsellors are qualified and experienced practitioners who are working to a high standard within the BACP ethical framework.

Some feedback from our service users who engaged in counselling:

"Counselling helped me with how I was feeling and how to deal with a hard situation. I got things of my mind that I couldn't talk about."

"It helped me work through my problems and gave me a reason to live from week to week." 

"It helped me clarify my doubts and how to deal with my sorrow and pain."

Suicide Bereavement Counselling funded through the Public Health Agency 

Listed below are the counselling therapies we offer. Referrals are accepted from the person or from agencies, GP`s, schools, to name a few.



CBT: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave, it can help you manage them in a more positive way. It encourages you to examine how your actions can affect how you think and feel.

Beating the Blues? Computerised CBT

Beating the Blues has eight sessions which each last about 50 minutes. Beating the Blues is based on CBT the most proven treatment for depression.

As you go through the program you will learn lots of things which will help you. But CBT is not just about receiving information – it's very important that you try to put into practice what you learn in every session.

So after each session there are things for you to do and think about as you go about your life. These are not difficult and the more of this ’homework’ you do the better you will feel.

CBT is not an instant cure but it is much more long lasting than drugs and other alternative treatments – precisely because it teaches you workable skills for life.

Person Centred Therapy:

Person Centred counselling helps the person explore their relationships with others, it provides the client with the opportunity to have a deep meaningful relationship based on genuine warmth, regard and acceptance with the counsellor.

Creative Arts Therapies

Creative Arts Therapists are human service professionals who use arts modalities and creative processes for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness, improving communication and expression, and increasing physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social functioning. Therapies include: Art Therapy, Psychodrama Psychotherapy, Music Therapy, Poetry Therapy, Drama Therapy and Dance Therapy. (NCCATA National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations)

Psychodrama Psychotherapy: 

"At times we all need to have encouragement and time to tell our truth about what happens in life; to risk looking at what didn't happen, to uncover opportunities and to test alternatives." (Marcia Karp)

Psychodrama is one of the creative arts therapies, involving symbolism, art and movement, as well as employing guided dramatic action to examine problems or issues raised by an individual. Using experiential methods, sociometry, role theory, and group dynamics, psychodrama facilitates insight, personal growth, and integration on cognitive, affective, and behavioural levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well-being, enhances learning and develops new skills. Psychodrama can be used in a group or individually for therapy and personal growth. We regularly run short-term psychodrama groups for personal development and resilience building for PIPS N&M clients.

Some feedback from participants:

''I feel more confident in myself and that I can cope with more things in my life, things that I would avoid.'' 

''I take away hope that I have now come to realise through the group the issue I need to deal with, and it could change my outlook on life, a life I really want to live.''

''I have had a challenging good experience in the group. I have only scratched the surface but every exposure has been painful and ultimately worthwhile.''

Art Therapy:

Art Therapy is particularly useful for people who may struggle to communicate verbally or to express their feelings. Clients who are referred to an art therapist need not have previous experience or skill in art, the art therapist is not primarily concerned with making an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the client's image. The overall aim of its practitioners is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.

Complementary Therapy / Embodied Psychotherapy

When we experience trauma, all parts of our being are affected.  It is an instinct to go into ‘survival’ mode, while we re-gain our strength.  But when we are not ‘heard’ or have learned to push distress out of sight behind a ‘brave face to the world’, our body, mind, emotions and spirit cries out – there are a million ways we express pain – and most show up as if they weren’t part of the trauma at all:  not sleeping, not eating, aches, anxiety, stress, difficulties in relationships, anger, self blame, self-harm, despair, remorse, to name a few.

The Complementary Therapy programme offered at Pips, Newry & Mourne is part of our Trauma Recovery Programme. The title that best describe the experience is Embodied Psychotherapy. This means that while trauma is an experience, and, even with its effects and outcomes, it is not an illness in itself. Trauma, nevertheless, affects mind, body, emotions and spirit.