COPING with stress is an essential part of your diabetes care. When you are under pressure, the body reacts by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisone. These hormones cause sugar to be released from the liver. Even though stress usually causes your blood sugar to rise, you may feel as though your blood sugar is low. That is because adrenaline can cause many of the symptoms of low blood sugar. If you are not sure whether your blood glucose is rising or falling, test it to find out. Only then can you take the correct action.


How are you coping with Stress?

Are you:

  • Struggling with your, or a family member’s, diabetes diagnosis
  • Feeling worried or anxious
  • Feeling depressed
  • Finding it difficult to cope with daily life

If you answer yes, you are likely to need a little help. We found many people in our community needed help, therefore, we added counselling, at an affordable price, to the list of services provided in our Care Centres.


The cost is the following:

Counselling Service €50



Pauline Lynch – Regional Development Officer, Southern Region.

Pauline has been working with Diabetes Ireland since 2004.  Previously, she worked with the HSE on a number of development projects both in the community and hospital settings.

In her role with Diabetes Ireland, she works in a coordinated and integrated way to develop local structures that support sustainability and building of capacity in the area of diabetes within the HSE South area.

Diabetes Ireland works to promote diabetes education and awareness in the region and is committed to coordinating all efforts, sharing of information and avoiding duplication of work.


Her areas of work include co-ordinating:

  • education and motivation of people with diabetes to improve the management of their condition;
  • providing access to high-quality structured education programmes for people with diabetes;
  • organising screening and awareness events that encourage earlier detection and prevention of diabetes in the wider community;
  • increasing awareness of diabetes and its symptoms among the wider community;
  • working together with healthcare professionals and other partners in improving the quality of care for people with diabetes in HSE (South).


Pauline Lynch – Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Through her work in co-ordinating education for people with Diabetes, Pauline developed a strong interest in the psychological aspect of both having Diabetes and of the day to day difficulties that people experience when attempting to adhere to the associated health regimes.

Making the necessary changes can be very difficult and can cause ongoing anxiety and stress.  Building on her extensive experience of working with people with Diabetes, she undertook to gain a qualification in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is registered with The Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP).  This was completed in 2019 and she is now working out of the Cork Care Centre seeing both adults and teenagers with Diabetes.

Her particular areas of interest include:


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for weight loss/management

Behaviour change, habits and associated strategies

Anxiety, stress and depression

Family issues

Aspergers Syndrome


Registered with IACP, fully Garda vetted and insured.


To Book an Appointment in our Cork Care Centre, please call Marion or Charlotte on 021 4274229 or complete the form below: