Psychological support grant - Debra Ireland

Psychological support grant

We can provide you with funding to engage in counselling or therapy.

We understand that living with EB can bring significant emotional and social challenges, and that professional counselling can be hugely helpful for some.

If you would like to access this type of support, we can provide you with funding to engage in counselling or therapy.

As EB not only affects those diagnosed with the condition, we offer our psychological support grant to all members of the family.

It has helped improve my mental health and has taken financial pressure off me.

About this grant

Am I eligible for this grant?

You are eligible to receive this grant if:

  • You or a family member are living with EB or you are bereaved by EB.
  • You are living in the Republic of Ireland
  • Your chosen therapist is fully accredited with an approved regulatory body in Ireland (see accreditation requirement)
  • You can provide relevant receipts (see terms and conditions for acceptable receipts)
  • You are currently registered with Debra’s support team. If you are not already registered with us, we would be more than happy to accept your grant application after you complete your registration online.
Accreditation requirement

To ensure we are funding the appropriate care, your chosen therapist, counsellor or play therapist must be fully accredited with the below regulatory bodies in Ireland. These bodies are responsible for maintaining professional standards for therapists. We will require the name, accreditation body and accreditation number of your chosen counsellor/therapist before approving your grant.

Approved accreditation bodies:

How do I find the right counsellor or therapist?

We understand that it can be sometimes overwhelming looking for the right counsellor. If you click on the regulatory bodies above, you will be able to find accredited counsellors or therapists in your area. You can also contact your GP for recommendations.

Although we cannot choose your therapist for you, we are happy to have a call with you and advise on how best to go about your search.

How much will I receive?

You will be entitled to 12 sessions by an accredited counsellor or therapist from the date the application was received for a value of up to €100 per session (€1200 max over 3months). If you feel you would like more sessions, you can apply for another 12. Approval of this will depend on funding available to us at the time.

Can Debra pay the counsellor or therapist directly?

Yes, we can pay your counsellor or therapist directly however, terms and conditions apply. To avail of this please tick the relevant box on the form and the family support team will be in touch.

How does the grant process work?
  1. Complete our grant application form below
  2. Provide the support team with the name, accreditation body and accreditation number of your chosen counsellor or therapist.
  3. You will then be informed of the success of your application.
  4. Send your therapy receipts to our support team by email or post by 21st of each month. If you would like us to pay your therapist directly, a family support member will be in touch to discuss next steps. Please see terms and conditions for acceptable receipts.
  5. Your grant will be processed at the end of the month and you will receive your grant via bank transfer within the first two weeks of the following month.
  6. If you would like a further set of sessions, please reapply in advance of your last appointment. We recommend appointment 9 or 10. This will give us time to access and process application and avoid disrupting the flow of your therapy.
I have more questions, who do I contact?

If you are experiencing any difficulty with the form or have any questions regarding the grant, please contact Kate, our Family Support Officer:

Terms and conditions
  1. All receipts must clearly state the date of session, name of therapist/company, name of client or parent i.e. yours or your child and session cost.
  2. Invoices from therapists must include date of session, name of client, name of therapist/company and bank details. Invoices should be on headed paper where applicable.
  3. Each applicant is entitled to funding for 12 sessions from the date the application was received for a value of up to €100 per session (€1200 max over 3 months).
  4. The counsellor or therapist must be fully accredited with the approved regulatory body listed above. Debra will require proof of accreditation.