We provide professional high quality and confidential services

in Polish and English language to Polish & Eastern European migrants in Ireland

We provide professional addiction counselling in Polish language

We provide psychotherapy to Polish individuals

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About

U-Clinic Counselling Services is a Together-Razem project.

Services in Polish and English language.

U-Clinic Services are available for Polish and Eastern European migrants living in Cork and in Munster area in their native language.

U-Clinic Counselling Services of Together-Razem provides professional high quality and confidential services:

– addiction counselling –
– psychotherapy to individuals
– detox acupuncture –

Offer

Services by appointment only.

We provide counselling services in Polish and English

Addiction counselling
Psychotherapy to individuals
Group psychotherapy
Detox Auriculopuncture

Costs:

The cost of therapy is an important element of the therapeutic experience- it becomes our investment in the relationship with the psychotherapist and in the therapeutic process. We aim to keep costs as low as possible and this is why we provide low-cost community services and our fees are up to 70% lower than private services. We also provide very limited free of charge counselling for clients in difficult financial situation. To qualify for free of charge counselling sessions you need to provide a referral letter from you GP or state authority, NGO and also you need to send below application form before making appointment.

U-Clinic Counselling Services operates sliding scale low cost counselling at rates a below:

Counselling session €40 waged /€25 unwaged /social welfare per person

WARNING
We do not provide a crisis service, people seriously contemplating suicide or in need of immediate help
should go to their local A&E; or contact your GP.

CLICK HERE TO SEE TERMS OF USE OUR SERVICES

How to apply

The U-Clinic Counselling Services offers a professionally trained service to people with problems: addiction, co-dependency, isolation, a troubled marriage, a mild depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown or a personal problem.

Please note: we are unable to offer a ‘drop-in’ or ‘crisis’ service.

FOR CLIENT:

Ring our Together-Razem Centre during working hours: 021 4395588
You are going to be asked few screening questions and you need to provide your personal details to our staff.

You may also use our online booking appointment system available on website together-razem.org
Please click here

You can also visit our office to register.

FOR PROFESSIONALS:

Where the client is referred by a GP, psychiatrist, or other agency, REFERRAL FORM should be printed and send to us by Referring source.
Please download REFERRAL FORM here

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once client is registered, the client will be telephoned by counsellor to arrange Initial Assessment.
After the Assessment the client is placed on the Waiting List for counselling to begin.
When a suitable Counsellor is available, s/he will contact the client and offer a series of confidential appointments.

CLICK HERE TO SEE TERMS OF USE OUR SERVICES

Free counselling

As a part of project funded by HSE Drug & Alcohol Services we had provided FREE OF CHARGE addiction counselling for clients in difficult financial situation in 2018 and 2019.

This project is finished now but we are still offering limited FREE of CHARGE counselling.

To obtain an application form either;

– Print out an application form here

– Email info@together-razem.org request an application form (providing name and postal address) or request an application form is emailed back to you. Please then print this out so you can sign it.

– Telephone: 021 4395588 to request an application form (giving postal or email address).

– Otherwise you can pop into the Together-Razem Centre office at Unit 2A, Kilnap Business Park, Blackpool, Cork and pick up a form.

Research

The following consequences, taken from studies on migrant mental health from around the world, are what can emerge when migrant mental health needs are ignored, or the treatment provided does not reflect the needs of patients. Hence, showing the necessity for integrated services to support migrants, socially and linguistically, to deliver the mental health services they require, to provide them the support they need during their process of integration.

Language barriers

  • A lack of community-driven mental health services can primarily cause problems based on a lack of language support. A study on Russian-speaking migrants in New Zealand (Maydell-Stevens et al, 2007) shows that a deficit in treatment offered in migrants’ native language leads to the emergence of even more serious mental health problems, requiring complicated and more expensive interventions in the future.
  • Bilingual mental health providers are in high demand and short supply. Other mental health providers may not have cross-cultural experience to fully understand the nuances related to mental health in other cultures (Downs-Karkos, 2004).
  • Most interpreters do not have training in mental health issues and may not understand their full ethical obligations, which according to a study from UC Davis (Aguilar-Gaxiola et al, 2012), prevented interpreters from delivering a satisfactory mental health service to mono-lingual Spanish speaking migrants.
  • In some cases, insufficient language skills may limit migrants’ access to specific treatments such as psycho- therapy entirely. General practitioners in Denmark were sometimes reluctant to refer immigrants to such treatments because of the lack of bilingual therapists and skilled interpreters. Forty-three percent of psychotherapists surveyed in Hamburg refused treatment to immigrant patients because of language problems (Giacco et al, 2014).

Lack of professional support

  • Social support to alleviate mental health problems was provided predominantly by families in the case of Russian-speaking migrants to New Zealand (Maydell-Stevens et al, 2007). However, a study from UC Davis, USA (Aguilar-Gaxiola et al, 2012) highlights that the use of family, rather than mental health professionals can lead to problems such as a rise in domestic abuse, both physical and emotional.

 Lack of integrated services

  • A lack of integrated language support and mental health services can be seen to lead to the social isolation of Russian-speaking migrants in New Zealand (Maydell-Stevens et al, 2007). As a result, migrants showing a lack of self-fulfilment, often due to unemployment, and a lack of contact with the host population, and a loss of belonging due to emplacement in a new setting responded by withdrawing from the outer world, and the subsequent development of helplessness, grief, anxiety issues, and depression (Maydell-Stevens et al, 2007).
  • Stewart et al (2006) show from a study in Edmonton, Canada that the lack of support from others exerted a negative influence on migrants’ mental-health and use of health-related services, and that poor health had a detrimental effect on their ability to offer or seek support.

 Limited culturally appropriate services

  • A lack of mental health workers trained to work with ethnic minorities, and culturally diverse elders can result in limited provision of metal healthcare services for migrant communities, due to a lack of cultural understanding of staff members (APA, 2013). This is why the American Psychological Association (2013) highlights the critical need for integrated community-based services, as when provided together, these services lead to the increase in the use of mental health services.
  • A study from Canada regarding effective immigrant mental health policy (Khanlou, 2009) highlights that perceptions of racism and discrimination felt by migrants, hinders the utilization of subsequent government health service by migrants.

Impacts on families

  • Migrant seniors are most at risk of experiencing social isolation, often from their linguistic deficits, and adult children working full time. Mainstream senior services fail to accommodate their mental health needs, due to a lack of linguistic proficiency, and cultural understanding (Downs-Kharkos, 2004).
  • Social isolation, which is associated with depression and suicide amongst older Latinos in California, can be attributed to the lack of local, community-based solutions to the mental healthcare needs of elderly Latinos (Aguilar-Gaxiola et al, 2012).
  • Failure of provision of mental health services to Latino youth was said to lead to substance abuse, and the exacerbation of behavioral problems, and eventually incarceration and higher costs in healthcare, placing a burden on the state (Aguilar-Gaxiola et al, 2012).

 References

Aguilar-gaxiola. s, Loera. G, Méndez, L, Sala. M. Latino Mental Health Concilio, and Nakamoto. J, 2012, Community-Defined Solutions for Latino Mental Health Care Disparities: California Reducing Disparities Project, Latino Strategic Planning Workgroup Population Report. sacramento, Ca: UC davis, 2012:  https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/pdf/latino_disparities.pdf

American Psychological Association, 2013, Based on Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century the Report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration: http://www.apa.org/topics/immigration/immigration-report-professionals.pdf

Downs-Kharkos. S, 2004, Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Immigrants and Refugees, The Colorado Trust: Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees: http://www.gih.org/files/usrdoc/Immigrant_Mental_Health.pdf

Giacco. D, Matanov. A, and Priebe. S, 2014, Providing mental healthcare to immigrats: current challenges and new strategies, http://www.qmul.ac.uk/socialpsych/research/publications/documents/159285.pdf

Khanlou. N, 2009, Immigrant mental health policy brief: http://w.ocasi.org/downloads/Immigrant_Mental_Health_Policy_Brief_Final.pdf

Maydell-Stevens. E, Masgoret. A, Ward. T, 2007, Problems of psychological and sociocultural adaptation among Russia-speaking immigrants in New Zealand, Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, Issue 30

Stewart. M, Makwarimba. E, Beiser. M, Neufeld. A, Simich. L, Spitzer. D, 2006, Social support and health: Immigrants’ and refugees perspectives: http://diversityhealthcare.imedpub.com/social-support-and-health-immigrants-and-refugees-perspectives.php?aid=2006

Team

Voyteck Bialek – Addiction Counsellor

Voyteck Bialek – Addiction Counsellor

Fully qualified addiction counsellor recognised in Ireland accredited by the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland – Registration No: 2016M01. Holder of Diploma in Addiction Studies from the HSE Arbour House in Cork in Ireland. He also holds a Diploma in Psychotherapy of Addictions obtained through the Polish-German Institute „Blue Cross” in Poland. He is a fully qualified social worker with qualifications accredited by CORU in Ireland. Registration No: SW005858. He is also Detox Auricular Acupuncture practitioner He works under ongoing supervision of the certified supervisor I.A.C.P. Pat Coughlan.

Agata Bartczak-Białek –  Educator/Group Facilitator

Agata Bartczak-Białek – Educator/Group Facilitator

She has MA Degree from social work and educational therapy. Her role is to develop the alcohol and drugs support work to families and concerned persons. She provides a mentoring, support and counselling service to families and co-dependent individuals. Agata was a person who established Sobriety Club “POMOST” for families in Cork. She is  qualified family mediator gained her Certificate in Mediation in Ireland. She also finished number of courses provided by HSE: Group Facilitation, SOAR model, SafeTalk etc. Currently she is doing full 5 years Systematic Therapy course

Monika Deasy – Psychotherapist

Monika Deasy – Psychotherapist

She specializes in Gestalt Therapy. She is fully qualified, trained in the Irish Gestalt Institute. Member of IAHIP and I also has a Masters in Psychology

Referral form

For Professional referral form click here to download the appropriate form.

Contact

Where to find us?

Unit 2A, Klinap Business Park, Old Mallow Rd, Cork

Our phone Together-Razem Centre Office  number :

0214395588

You can also use this email to contact us

info@together-razem.org

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