Professional Bilingual Counselling Support Service

Counselling All Nations Services (CANS)

Across Northern Ireland

Type of support for people

  • Emotional or social support (e.g. befriending)
  • Other
Help offered

Counselling All Nations Services (CANS) is a registered Northern Ireland charity (Charity No.100444) that began in September 2014 and is based in rented offices in The Chinese Welfare Association in Belfast. We set up the charity to respond to the need to provide culturally sensitive counselling (in English or a common minority ethnic language) to adult people living and working in Northern Ireland who are experiencing mental ill health and whose first language is not English. 

We are currently providing talking therapy to help:

  • Address any emotional and psychological difficulties or issues affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in Northern Ireland with greater focus on cultural sensitivity and cultural appropriateness
  • Improve the emotional and mental health of people from BAME communities in Northern Ireland
  • A free, multicultural, professional counselling service 7 days per week (including weekend and evening appointments) to members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities in Northern Ireland either with bi-lingual counsellors or with the support of interpreters. Issued addressed include:
      • Depression, Anxiety, Low Self Esteem, Stress;
      • Aggression, Anger management, Interpersonal Relationships
      • Bereavement and Loss;
      • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

CANS continues to offer a supportive and therapeutic service to people from BAME communities.  However, this will be offered remotely during this pandemic.


How to access this support

GP referrals only.

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Counselling All Nations Services (CANS)

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