Irish sign language counselling

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the sign language used in Ireland (primarily in the Republic of Ireland).

ISL is also used in Northern Ireland, but British Sign Language (BSL) is used there as well. ISL is more similar to American Sign Language and French Sign Language than British Sign Language and is not related to either spoken English or Irish.

Irish (ISL) counselling

The D4D Irish counsellor has many years of experience in delivering exceptional services to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Her aim is to give Deaf and deafened adults, including teenagers an accessible service, by utilising Irish language and culture.

Free Introductory Session

The introductory session allows you to talk with our Irish (ISL) counselling team member, this session lasts 30 minutes and is booked in advance.

Irish (ISL) counselling with the NHS 

We can deliver on the NHS, time-limited CBT therapy helping you to use new strategies to build skills and ensure you can lead a healthy lifestyle. 

We will teach useful coping techniques, helping you to recover from mental health issues you may be facing. The therapies we offer are all evidence-based and recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

This means that extensive research and experience gives confidence that they work.Success in therapy largely involves the individual committing to regularly attending appointments and engaging in the work that is discussed in the sessions.

Privately paid Irish (ISL) counselling

Start counselling immediately, while you wait for NHS funding, you could start with privately paid counselling as an option to bridge the gap before you start with funded sessions


  • Take advantage of counselling for any issue which could be deaf, deafened specific or specialist counselling
  • You can have your sessions over a longer period of time
  • You are in control of your counselling
  • You have a choice of longer-term therapy models

Each session is 50 minutes long and priced at £40, You will also receive a free 30-minute introductory session to trial our service.

What is Irish (ISL) & the origins

ISL is more similar to American Sign Language and French Sign Language than British Sign Language and is not related to either spoken English or Irish. ISL arose between 1846 and 1849 and is a language of the hands, face, and body that has existed for hundreds of years. It was developed by deaf people within Deaf communities.


ISL has influenced sign languages in South Africa and Australia. ISL was brought to Australia, South Africa, Scotland, and England by Catholic missionaries. You can still see remnants of ISL in some variations of BSL and used by some elderly Auslan Catholics today.


The first deaf school in Ireland was founded by Dr Charles Orpen in 1816. Originally, these schools did not teach children to speak. It wasn’t until 1887 that there was a reported change from manual to oral deaf education.


The switch to oral education came later with the Catholic schools. St. Mary’s School for Deaf Girls switched to an oral approach in 1946 and St. Joseph’s School for Deaf Boys switched in 1956. This didn’t become an official state policy until 1972. Like in the US, sign language was suppressed when schools moved to the oral approach.


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