How it Works
The Student Counselling Service offers brief, short-term counselling. We will work with you to address challenges, based on your individual needs, and we will refer you to external services where we cannot meet those needs.
All students who request a counselling appointment will be offered in the first instance, a first consultation appointment. We have a large number of pre-booked appointments available at varied times throughout the week with different counsellors. Click here to book a brief consultation appointment.
One of the options following this first consultation is an individual counselling appointment. Each counselling session lasts about 50 minutes, where you will have an opportunity to talk about what is going on for you. Counsellors will not be able to provide instant solutions but will listen and facilitate an increasing awareness of yourself and your choice of possibilities. To come for counselling takes courage as it involves facing up to your difficulties and asking someone else for help. It is not a sign of weakness but a sign that you are taking steps to address any problems you are experiencing.
Your counsellor, in partnership with you, will decide at the end of each counselling session if another counselling session is required. For most students who come to see us, 1-4 sessions are sufficient in helping them mobilise their resources and get back on track. If you need further sessions, your counsellor will explore options with you - additional counselling support here or referral to an external counsellor or to one of our groups, workshops, or online programmes.
Sessions are booked fortnightly to give you an opportunity to test out new ways of thinking and trying out new behaviours in your day to day living.
All information given by you to your counsellor is confidential and won't be disclosed to anyone outside of the Student Counselling Service. The only exception is if your counsellor is concerned about immediate risk to you or a third party. The counsellor will discuss this situation with you and involve you in any disclosure process.
Where you have been referred to the Service by College staff, your counsellor will let them know you have attended but no content of your sessions will be disclosed. With your consent, we can talk to people on your behalf if you wish.
All our counsellors are professionally qualified psychologists or psychotherapists registered with either the Irish Council of Psychotherapy (ICP) or the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and are bound by the professional ethics of these organisations.