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We are delighted to announce a new counselling service for parents. This is especially targeted at new parents who may be struggling to accept a diagnosis of Down syndrome. However we recognise that there are challenges for all parents, the service is available to all parents. This service is. Confidential and members can access it by phoning Nicole below. We in DSL won't have any information  on who attends in order to preserve confidentiality. The service will be provided externally. A limit of six sessions will be applied. 

Group Therapy  Individual Therapy 

Nicole Sheehy, Counselling Psychologist,

MA, Dip Systemic Family Therapy, Reg.Psychol., Ps.S.I., MIACP,

Tel: 087-6761791

My experience to date encompasses a wide variety of areas within the Counselling domain. My orientation is Humanistic and integratative.

I have worked as a Counselling Psychologist, supervisor and group facilitator with clients from 11 to 80 years, from a variety of backgrounds. I have designed and facilitated personal development groups, assertiveness training groups,parenting skills groups, stress management groups, supervision groups and reminiscence therapy groups. I have lectured at third level and designed and delivered several courses at post leaving cert institutions.

From an individual perspective I have worked with clients who suffer from social, emotional, psychological difficulties. Some of these include; depression, suicide, bereavement, anger management, anxiety, phobias, relationship difficulties,parenting, stress, post trauma stress disorder, self-esteembuilding and identity.

I have also been part of an Employee Assistance Programme, helping clients deal with the stresses and strains of everyday working life.

I offer individual and group therapy. My sessions are typically 60mins. I am accredited with IACP and Registered with PSI.


Nicole Sheehy

Counselling Psychologist, Reg.Psychol., Ps.S.I., MIACP






Speech and Language Tips

It can be fun to reflect back on enjoyable times during the summer break. Use photographs of a day out, holiday or family event to recall these times and encourage commenting. These could be brought in to school or work to share as news.

Chairperson Message of The Month

Hello, my name is Paudie Murray and I am husband to Aoife and father to Rachael, Ciara and Hannah. Hannah who has Down syndrome is approaching her fourth birthday and is currently attending pre-school. Hannah is a unique individual with her own personality, family background and preferences that make her who she is. She is our child, our daughter, our sister but ultimately she is herself. Previous to Hannah’s birth we had little knowledge of the difficulties for people with Down Syndrome and their families. However, neither did we realise how rewarding it would be to parent a child with Down Syndrome. Hannah brings more joy and happiness to our family than anyone could ever imagine and we have learned so much already from her.

At Down Syndrome Limerick we are dedicated to being a primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families working towards an improved quality of life for our members and a respect for and acceptance of people with Down syndrome as valued members of our society. We place the person with Down syndrome at the centre of our organization and we value the uniqueness and diverse needs of our members and their families which govern all our activities.

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