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Perhaps you could do a once-off fundraising event such as a coffee morning or maybe you would be interested in setting up a local ILFA branch where you live.
You can decide what level of involvement you would like to have. If you are interested in getting more involved ILFA would like to hear from you.
You can contact us via post @ PO Box 10456, Blackrock, County Dublin; via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 086 871 5264
Counselling may help you if you are struggling with your daignosis of lung fibrosis.
Counselling can also help patients and carers to cope with the prospect of a lung transplant.
Counselling is about helping you to find creative responses to your situation, present difficulties and needs. A counsellor will provide you with time, attention, respect and support, as you discover your own resourcefulness.
Unlike a friend or relative a counsellor is a professional who is trained to listen in an accepting and non judgemental way.
With a counsellor you can express your feelings openly and frankly without being afraid that he or she will become burdened by them.
Your hospital Social Worker should be able to advise you about what counselling services are available to you. They may also be able to recommend private counsellors
The Psychological Society of Ireland is the registration body for psychologists including counselling psychologists.
The Irish Association for Counselling and Therapy provides a national directory of accredited counsellors and therapists which includes details of the counsellor’s qualifications and areas of specialisation.
The Irish Council for Psychotherapy has a register of accredited psychotherapists including family therapists.
Good advice given to a severely disabled patient: to take one day at a time; not to look back or forward.
Ask your doctor if you would like to be refrred to a counselor.
Also see the section on SOCIAL WORK:HOW THE HOSPITAL SOCIAL WORKER CAN HELP.