Counselling Service

Counselling Services

At any point in our lives, we may experience periods of feeling low or depressed. We can reach out for ways to cope that may not help. If you find that you’re not coping with the demands of college and feel stressed and worried about life, don’t feel that you have to cope alone. For support or assistance, make an appointment with your local counselling team who’ll be glad to help.

Counselling provides you with a safe, non-judgmental space to talk about and discuss any concerns you may have. All students are offered an Initial Assessment Appointment with a member of the counselling team, where their needs are assessed and a range of options will be explored. In addition to any mental health issues, you can talk about personal problems or academic concerns with the counsellor. Counselling is a confidential service and the nature and terms of the confidentiality will be explained to you when you first attend the service.

Common issues that bring students to counselling include:

  • Stress or Anxiety
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Depression or Mood Difficulties
  • Grief or Bereavement
  • Homesickness or Loneliness
  • Sexual / Personal Identity Issues
  • Assault or Abuse
  • Self-Harm
  • Addiction or Substance Use
  • Low Confidence or Self-Esteem

Making an appointment:

Counselling sessions take place in-person, by video -call (on Microsoft Teams) or by phone. For in-person appointments, the counsellor will keep a 2 metres distance and wear a face mask, in keeping with CoVid guidelines and University policy. There are counselling offices in the five main college campuses. Please check below for information on how to access the counselling service on your local campus. The Student Counselling Service is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For information about out of hours supports or for urgent/emergency issues, please see those sections below.

Counselling is available in Irish as well as English. If you would like to speak to a counsellor in Irish, please email Tá comhairleoireacht le fáil as Gaeilge. Más maith leat caint le comhairleoir as Gaeilge, cuir r-phost chuig, led' thoil.

We would ask that you please let us know in the event that you cannot attend a scheduled appointment so that the appointment may be offered to another student