Addiction Counselling

Addiction Counselling Kildare

Addiction counselling is a therapeutic intervention which helps to support individuals who have developed problematic behaviors or addiction problems by supporting them through a stages of change recovery process.

Private confidential addiction counselling appointments are for men, women and couples over 21 years of age. Sessions can be booked for a 1, 2 and 3 hours duration online here and are available in my private practice in Naas, Co. Kildare and online via SKYPE.

The first step forward is to just start talking about what you are going through with someone who understands.

Addiction counsellors use a supportive direct and focused approach when dealing with addictions, empowering the client to regain control of their life and work towards harm reduction and ultimately recovery. Orlagh provides addiction counselling using The Stages of Change Model & Motivational Interviewing with a strong emphasis on developing physical, mental and emotional health. Relationship healing and repair is often an important aspect of the recovery process.

Therapy is suitable for problematic behaviours, dependencies or addictions and anyone who wants support maintaining their sobriety or to be able to support their loved one. Addiction counselling is direct, solution focused and holistic with a strong emphasis on harm reduction or abstinence based recovery. Developing a healthy lifestyle, stronger relationships and a better quality of life are at the core of recovery counselling. Find out about addiction partner and family support counselling.

Addiction counselling can help men and women to return to better health by understanding their problem so that they can then choose to reduce and moderate their behaviours or achieve sobriety.”

Below are the common problems that I help clients with in my practice;

  • Alcohol problems
  • Food addiction
  • Gambling
  • Smoking & tobacco
  • Substance abuse & drugs
  • Medication
  • Sex Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sobriety & Recovery
  • Partner Support
  • Couples Therapy and Recovery

Who is Addiction Counselling suitable for?

Therapy is for men, women and couples over 21 years of age. Appointments are for anyone who is seeking private professional help for problematic behaviors, dependencies and addictions relating to substances, drugs, alcohol, medication, gambling, sex, pornography or food. The first step in addiction counselling is identifying the problem and understanding the recovery process.  The first session will provide helpful information about various recovery supports and options. Private addiction counselling may not be suitable for anyone who needs long term residential treatment. You can book an initial consultation here.

How long do I need to attend addiction counselling?

The length of time a person attends addiction counselling depends on many factors, in-particular the decisions, goals and actions they set for themselves in therapy. Everyone’s circumstances are different. Typically addiction counselling is a longer term process. I encourage all clients at attend between 6 to 12 sessions initially to help them understand their recovery process and develop some stability. Clients are encourage to also attend other group supports.

What happens in my first session?

To book your first session select ‘First Consultation‘ when booking online. The first session is a supportive space for you to share what is happening in your life and the effect your problems have been having on you. We will discuss various recovery options including one to one counselling, harm reduction, rehabilitation treatment centers, support groups and any other supports which may be available to you. It can be helpful to bring along your partner to the first session so that they also understand the recovery process. The first session is also an informal assessment to identify if one to one counselling is adequate support for you at this time. Sessions can not take place if individuals are under the influence of any substances.

Is there a waiting list for addiction counselling?

There is no waiting list for private addiction and recovery counselling because you are paying directly. Appointment’s are booked and paid for directly online and are on a first come first serve basis. You can book appointments online up to 45 days in advance. Appointments often come available each day due to cancellations which you can view on the booking system. Sessions are available daytime and evening times up to 10pm some evenings. You can all book an online sessions via SKYPE.

Does my health insurance cover my addiction counselling sessions?

If you are an Irish Life Health insurance policy holder you are entitled to up to 6 counseling sessions for free depending on your level of policy. Please contact me directly if you wish to attending through Irish Life Health so that I can accept the referral on your behalf.

Support for Partners and Family Members

Partners and family members are always directly effected and impacted by their loved ones addiction. It is important that those effected by a loved ones addiction also receive help, support and understanding. Often it is the family members who will reach out for help before the addict themselves are ready to consider recovery. Counselling for partners of addicts provides information and awareness about addiction, guidance around the recovery process and emotional compassionate support.


Self referrals and formal referrals are accepted. You do not require a formal referral letter to make a private appointment. I accept referrals from GP’s, health professionals, organisations and other mental health professionals. I adhere to the IACP Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy code of ethics.

The following important areas are discussed in ongoing addiction counselling sessions:

  • Identifying the problems
  • Understanding cravings
  • Managing triggers
  • Harm reduction techniques
  • Setting clear goals
  • Healing relationships
  • Dealing with past hurt or trauma
  • Exploring and accessing supports
  • Health & lifestyle
  • Stress management
  • Focus on recovery
  • Understanding the recovery process
  • The role of group recovery meetings
  • Recovery steps and tools
  • Family support
  • Psycho-education

What is Addiction

Addiction has many forms and may develop over a longer period of time or more quickly depending on the type of addiction and the association with related behaviour. Addiction is a process which typically begins with the recreational use of a substance or behaviour. Over time, habits and dependencies form around the behaviour as it becomes incorporated into ones everyday thinking and daily life. Habits traditionally associated with addiction include tobacco, alcohol & substance addiction however over the the past two decades addictive and compulsive behaviour has become increasingly associated and prevalent with gambling, food, exercise, hoarding, shopping, sex and pornography. While alcohol and drug addiction are based on a substance-induced highs, the latter such as sex, pornography, food and gambling addictions produce a natural mood altering biological high.

As addiction is progressive, early intervention, self care and a health balanced lifestyle are vital in the prevention of addiction. The level of addiction may be referred to as mild, moderate, heavy, severe or chronic. This often impacts the type of help necessary and an assessment may be sought. Psychotherapy and addiction counselling can help address unhealthy recreational, habitual or destructive behaviours and dependencies associated with substance and behavioural (process) addictions, these may be mild to severe. Treatment recovery centers, residential & out patient addiction programs and Twelve Step support groups are also therapeutic interventions for addiction. Addiction Counselling helps the individual to understand themselves better and overcome any problematic or addictive behaviours.



Self referrals and formal referrals are accepted. You do not require a formal referral letter to make a private appointment. I accept referrals from GP’s, health professionals, organisations and other mental health professionals. I adhere to the IACP Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy code of ethics.

Find out what my clients have to say, read some client testimonials here… 

Website & Awareness Links

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland |
Alcohol Action Ireland |
Alcohol Help |
Drink Aware |
Drugs | Drug & Alcohol Information & Support |
Gambling Information and Support for Gambling Problems |
Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy |
Gamble Aware |

Recovery Support Groups in Ireland

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) |
Al-Anon | Support for partners & families members of alcoholics|
Cocaine Anonymous Ireland (CA)|
Co-dependents Anonymous Ireland |
Food Addicts Anonymous |
Gamblers Anonymous Ireland |
Gam-Anon UK & Ireland |
LifeRing – Sobriety from Alcohol & Substances |
Marijuana Anonymous (MA) |
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) |
Overeaters Anonymous |
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) |
Sexaholics Anonymous | SA Ireland |
S-Anon | Support for partners of Sexaholics |
Smart Recovery Ireland – Science based self empowering support groups in Ireland |

*There are also a number of 12 Step meetings now held online such as Marijuana Anonymous

Residential Addiction Treatments Centres in Ireland

The Rutland Centre |
Aiseiri |
Cuan Mhuire |
Smarmore Castle Private Rehabilitation Clinic |
The Laurel Centre | 6 Day Intensive Recovery Course for Sex Addiction – London, UK | The Laurel Centre

Non Residential Addiction Support Services in Kildare

The Aras Project – Newbridge, Co. Kildare | 

Family Support & Counselling 

The Family Support Network | 
The Rutland Centre | Concerned Persons Workshop (every 6 weeks) |
Hope Cottage Family Support Service in Kildare – Ph: 045 877991
Al-Anon | Support for families of alcoholics |
Gam-Anon UK & Ireland |
S-Anon | Support for partners of Sexaholics |
Addiction Counsellors of Ireland |
Addiction, Partner Support and Couples Recovery Counselling in Kildare |

About Orlagh Gahan 

Orlagh Gahan is a qualified accredited Psychotherapist (IACP) and holds a B.Sc Hons Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy. She provides private addiction and recovery counselling to men, women and couples in her private practice in Naas, Kildare for over 5 years. Appointments are suitable for anyone struggling with pornography, sex addiction, gambling, alcohol and substance abuse. Orlagh also provides therapy to support partners and family members effected by a loved ones addiction problem. Read articles about addiction and recovery on my latest blog

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