Counselling & CBT for Diabetes

It has been a long held belief by Diabetes Insight, that access to counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy for people with diabetes is vital. Having championed this for so long, I am delighted to announce that Karen O’Leary, Psychotherapist will be commencing practice from the Cork Health & Lifestyle Centre this November 2014. Karen will be liaising with Diabetes Insight to provide a comprehensive and holistic service to people with diabetes and their family members which will be a leading light for psychological support for those living with diabetes in Ireland.

Psychological Support & Management of Diabetes

Presently at the moment feedback to Diabetes Insight from clients and advocates of the service would be that little or no psychological services and supports exist for people with diabetes in Ireland, especially children with diabetes, their parents, family members and friends. People have found that counsellors have little or no experience in dealing with people with diabetes, which can be very off putting to those living with a chronic condition such as diabetes and their specific needs.

The lack of knowledge and information regarding the different types of psychological supports needed for people with diabetes, can lead individuals to access therapies which may not be suitable for them and cause more harm than good. The particular form of therapy that Karen specializes in, has been shown best to suit those living with a chronic condition such as diabetes. Diabetes Insight will provide Karen with the necessary training, information, resources and supports to compliment her work and also to provide reassurance to those who attend her service who have diabetes.


There are many models of counselling/Psychotherapy. Karen works from a Humanistic and Integrative perspective. Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy acknowledges the validity of a variety of therapeutic approaches to the individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the emotional, behavioural, cognitive and physiological levels of functioning. The aim of therapy may include encouraging the self-healing capacities of the client, exploring the client’s concrete individual experience of anxiety and distress rooted in earlier relationships, enabling insight into repeating patterns of behaviour which might be preventing clients from leading fulfilling and satisfying lives. It seeks to integrate the use two or more approaches in the practice of psychotherapy to suit the individual’s needs in a safe and caring environment.

Karen has worked with the women’s refuge Edel house and also the St Vincent De Paul.

She has experience with the following

  • Depression
  • Anxiety, O.C.D, panic attacks
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Low self esteem
  • Personal development

Karen is an accredited member of IACP – Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy – and works in accordance to their code of ethics.

Karen is a Graduate of the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences with a B.A (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and also holds a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from the L.G.C.B.

Contact Details

Contact Karen on Phone: 0872918669


Please Note:

It is also recommended that those who attend Karen, would also benefit from attending a pre-assessment and session with Diabetes Insight initially, to ensure all their needs are adequately met.