Page banner image

Services navigation

Support Programmes

Knock Counselling Centre

Knock Counselling Centre provides a wide range of psychotherapeutic Services to Adults and adolescents living in Mayo.

A place of sanctuary

Knock Counselling Centre has a unique location in the grounds of Knock Shrine. The Shrine is a place of sanctuary, reflection and prayer. Knock Counselling Centre welcomes people of all or no faith and respects the beliefs of all who attend the Centre.

Counselling is a talking therapy. Any person can avail of the opportunity to attend to emotional or psychological problems in a supportive and confidential therapeutic environment.


To promote emotional, spiritual and mental well being through the provision of professional counselling services to individuals, couples, families and young people aged 12 to 18 years.

We understand, respect and value Catholic Spirituality. We welcome people of all and/or no religious beliefs.


Supporting individuals and communities to recognise and develop their potential for joyful, courageous and integrated living.


Supporting individuals and communities to recognise and develop their potential for joyful, courageous and integrated living.


  • Trust in the individual’s capacity for growth and self-actualisation.
  • Respect for the individual’s attending the Centre, our colleagues and the wider community we serve.
  • Integrity in our dealings with our stakeholders and our investors Knock Shrine and Tusla.
  • Inclusion, Respect, compassion and authenticity with the people who attend the Centre irrespective of race, religion, sexual orientation or financial circumstances.


We embrace diversity and welcome people from all faiths and none. We create a safe space for all who wish to work through difficult issues and experience a more joyful, integrated way of living.

Our counsellors help clients to address mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, current and/or historical abuse/trauma, family issues, loss, transition, complicated grief, and more.

Parenting Anxious Children & Teenagers


Join Bronagh Starrs, internationally renowned psychotherapist, trauma specialist, academic and author for this seminar which will focus on supporting parents of anxious children & teenagers to understand childhood anxiety. A trove of helpful strategies, both for the parent and the young person, will be discussed.


Date: Monday 3rd February 2020

Venue: Knock, Co. Mayo (Prayer Guidance Centre)

Admission: €10

7.30pm – 9.00pm



About the Presenter

Bronagh Starrs is Founder & Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute and Programme Director for the MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy in Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre in partnership with University of Northampton. She maintains a private practice in Omagh, Northern Ireland, as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, writer and trainer, specialising in working with adolescents. Bronagh is an adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience teaching and presenting throughout Ireland and internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey. Her book Adolescent Psychotherapy – A Radical Relational Approach (Routledge, London) has received international acclaim.



The Legacy of Birth Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence – with Bronagh Starrs

Birth itself, when we think of it, must be a monumentally arduous journey creating physiologically, psychologically and interpersonally an entire lifespace paradigm shift. The change in the infant’s life, following departure from the dark, cramped and muffled amniotic wombspace could not be more pronounced. He now finds himself in an expansive sensory world of direct contact with the other as he encounters breath, touch, voice and gaze. Experiences during the initial moments, hours and days following entry into this new landscape for the delicate and vulnerable child are significant, with the potential for a loving, peaceful bonding process to intensify or for the trauma of invasive medical procedure, neglect or maltreatment to terrify him. It is possible that we accumulate experiential data and are meaning-makers right from our earliest moments of life, so that wombspace and birth experience shapes how we creatively adjust to subsequent lifespace conditions.
This workshop will explore the developmental and relational imprints of the birth experience for children and adolescents, and how this presents in the therapeutic setting. Interventions to heal this early trauma will be demonstrated.

Dates: Tuesday 4th February 2020 Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Knock Counselling Centre, Co. Mayo Fee: €130

For information and booking please email Bronagh:


“Support for Anxious Young People”

Knock Counselling Centre are launching an evidence based programme to help prevent and treat anxiety in young people and adolescents.

The “Cool Kids” programme, which will be available for the first time in Ireland, is run over eight to ten sessions and teaches children aged 7-17 and their parents how to better manage the child’s anxiety. Both child and parent participate in the programme which focuses on teaching practical coping skills through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Research studies have found that most young people who complete the “Cool Kids” programme show significant improvement including an increase in school attendance, academic achievement, confidence, number of friends and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Studies have also shown a decrease in worry, shyness, fear and family distress.

The “Cool Kids” programme has already been run in 24 countries including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Iceland, Turkey, Indonesia and Italy. Research undertaken with some of these countries has proven the effectiveness of the programme internationally.

Peter Devers, Senior Psychotherapist and “Cool Kids” trainer explained, “The programme supports participants in learning about their feelings, worries and anxieties and builds coping skills to reduce the amount of life interference caused by anxiety. It also teaches other important coping skills such as improving assertiveness and learning to solve problems”.

The “Cool Kids” programme was designed at the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University, Australia and was the first of its type to include parental involvement in the treatment of anxiety. Fiona McCarthy, Director at Knock added, “The programme recognizes that parents are the experts in their children’s lives, so it makes sense to harness their wealth of experience and collaborate with them to support their child”. 

Studies have shown that approximately 60% of children who complete the Cool Kids programme are diagnosis free after treatment. For more information on the initiative, please contact Knock Counselling Centre at 0949375032 or log on to

Peter Devers MSc is a BACP and IACP accredited Senior Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer. He has 25 years’ post-graduation experience working with NHS Scotland, Social Work and community counselling services in Ireland.



We work with couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships. We support people to understand the source of their distress and to establish more effective ways of living in relation to each other.

We provide a range of therapeutic services for adolescents including counselling for a range of issues including anxiety, depression, difficulties in relationships at home, in school or between peers.

We support the young person to work through whatever issues they are experiencing and to find relief from the distress and to live more satisfying lives.

Knock Counselling Centre provides anger management workshops to people experiencing problem anger.

The workshops occur over weekends or evenings and are offered twice a year.


KCC provides supervision to Counsellors working in the Western Region.

KCC provides a single session listening service to adults experiencing a wide range of issues. The service is available all year at the following times:

Pilgrimage Season

Thursdays: 10 am – 5 pm

Fridays: 2 pm to 5 pm

Sat & Sun: 11 am – 5pm


Winter Season

Thursdays: 11 am – 3 pm
Fridays: 2 pm-5 pm


The Drop-in listening service offers an opportunity to discuss difficult or challenging life issues in a caring and confidential environment. We appreciate donations for this service.

Knock Counselling Centre is open Monday – Friday from 9.30 am -5.30 pm all year round.

Evening appointments are available on request.

Knock Counselling Centre can be contacted in the strictest confidence by telephone or email:

Tel: (094) 93 75032



We never turn anyone away for financial reasons. However, we are a registered charity and we support ourselves from the money you pay for counselling.

The full fee for counselling is €50 per session.

We offer counselling sessions on a sliding scale, from €30 to €50 per session with a rate of between €20 and €30 per session for those who have a low household income.