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 yours 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 by our Care Centres.



Elaine Hanlon is a qualified Counsellor and Psychodynamic Psychotherapist and is trained in Diabetes Counselling. A graduate of the Tivoli Institute and IICP Dublin Elaine has over fifteen years’ experience working with individuals and couples through a variety of different issues.


Elaine runs a clinic in Dunlaoghaire and also an online clinic  via Zoom, Skype or telephone. Elaine is accredited with IACP and works within their Code of Ethics and Practice.





Pauline Lynch is a qualified Counsellor and 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 Pauline is now working from the Cork Care Centre seeing both adults and teenagers with Diabetes. Pauline runs a clinic in Cork, online and or by telephone.




Areas of interest include:


  • Diabetes
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Weight Loss/Management)
  • Behaviour Change, Habits and Associated Strategies
  • Anxiety, Stress and Depression
  • Family Issues
  • Asperger’s Syndrome



If you have any further queries, please call 01 8426273 / 021 4274229 or complete the booking form below:



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