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The IKA provides a free, comprehensive and confidential counselling service for those diagnosed with kidney disease, their family members and carers.

The IKA is a national organisation. Requests for counselling come from all over the country. Those referred for counselling have the option to be seen by the IKA counsellor, based in Donor House, Park West in Dublin or to be referred to a counsellor in their local area. Counsellors contracted by the IKA are fully accredited with their professional body, e.g. The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

Who can access the counselling service?

  • The counselling service is open to all those diagnosed with kidney disease, their family and those caring for them.
  • Any individual can refer themselves to the counselling service.
  • With the person’s permission, nursing, medical or allied professionals, can also refer people for counselling.

How is the counselling service delivered?

  • Through the IKA counsellor for those who can attend at Donor House in Parkwest Dublin 12.
  • Through a network of nationally registered locally based counsellors

How to access the counselling service:

Mike Kelly at Donor House,
Donor House,
Block 43A,
Park West,
Dublin 12 D12P5V6

Phone: 01 6205306

E-mail: mike@ika.ie

Mike Kelly is a psychotherapist, supervisor and coordinates the counselling service for the IKA. In 2000, before working with the IKA, Mike established the renal counselling service at Barts and the London NHS Trust. He has written for various journals and contributed chapters to two books on counselling people with illness. He regularly gives lectures and presentations in Ireland and Europe on the psychological and emotional impact of a diagnosis of a chronic condition.

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