Counselling Service (Students)



Like everyone else, students can experience problems which they find difficult to resolve by themselves. Settling/resettling into college, personal relationships, family issues, bereavement, low mood, shyness, academic pressures etc. may worry you.

It can be very helpful to deal with these issues before they become so big that they can affect your college life. It is also important to seek help in time. To help you the university provides a confidential Student Counselling Service.


What is the Student Counselling Service?
It is a professional, confidential and free service. The Service offers individual counselling. Individual counselling provides a safe and supportive environment where you can come and talk about any issue that is bothering you. There is plenty of information available from the counsellor on topics such as: assertiveness, self-esteem, relationship worries, low mood, anxiety and stress management.

Where is the service located?
The Student Counselling Office has moved to the Ground Floor of the Institute. Walk past the main stairs, past the part-time office on the ground floor (glass front). Past the stairs, and turn left into the corridor before the AV Office. Enter the first door on the left hand side, the Student Counselling office can be found in here.

How do I make an appointment?
If you have any questions about appointments or any general queries, you can contact the counselling service by e-mail at: or by phone on: (01) 220 7747. Alternatively, students are welcome to drop into the Counsellor’s office in area 010 (when the door sign says "Free").

Other sources of help in the Institute include:
Academic Administration and Student Affairs Manager, ext. 2344
Sr Bernadette Purcell, Chaplain - ext. 2615
Orlagh Fleming, College Nurse - ext. 2613
Marie Kielty, Careers Officer - ext. 2561
SU Welfare Officer - ext. 2562

Select here for a quick guide to accessing support services
You can also access further support outside the Institute, please  consult the ‘useful telephone numbers’  guide

How long will counselling last?
Counselling sessions last about 50 minutes and are usually on a weekly basis. The number of meetings that you have with the counsellor is negotiated when you meet.

Do I have to pay for counselling?
No. The Counselling Service is free of charge to students of the Institute.

Is counselling confidential?
What you talk about with the counsellor is confidential. Your family, friends or Institute staff will not be informed of what you discuss. There are some limits to confidentiality however, e.g. if it was thought that harm was going to come to you or to someone else, the counsellor would need to disclose this information. The issue of confidentiality will be talked about when you first meet the counsellor and you will have an opportunity to clarify anything that you are unsure about.

Please do not leave matters until they become overwhelming before you seek assistance.

Why go to counselling?
Most people who feel that they have a problem speak to a close friend or relative. However, it is often very useful to speak to someone who is not personally involved. You may be able to say things to a counsellor you do not wish others to know. Counselling gives you the time and space to explore issues that are important to you.

Is it a sign of weakness if I go to see the counsellor?
On the contrary, it takes courage to seek out help when we are experiencing difficulties. Asking for counselling often means that you have taken the first step on the road to tackling the difficulty. It’s not easy to make the decision to contact a counsellor. You may feel embarrassed or shy about making contact and beginning to talk about what may be bothering you. It takes courage to seek out help, and contacting the counsellor may mean that you have taken the first step on the road to tackling your difficulty.

What might the counsellor say?
The counsellor cannot provide you with magical solutions. Rather the counsellor will work with you towards understanding your situation and will facilitate you in finding your own solutions.

Do I need to have a serious difficulty before going to see the counsellor?
No. You certainly don’t need to have enormous problems before you come and talk with the counsellor. There may be something quite ordinary on your mind, academic or otherwise, which you would like to talk over privately.

What else does the Student Counselling Service provide?
Workshops on exam techniques/ exam anxiety are offered at various times throughout the year and are open to all students. Talks on mental health will also take place during the year. Keep an eye on the posters, on the electronic noticeboard and on the web for further details.

What kinds of difficulties can be helped by counselling?
Adjusting to College/thinking of withdrawing from College
Study Skills
Eating disorders
Anxiety/panic attacks
Family/relationship difficulties
Alcohol/drug use

A range of leaflets on these subjects are available here (

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