Counselling

AIT Student Counselling service offers a professional psychological counselling service to registered full time students of AIT. Counselling is provided by a team of professionally qualified counsellors/psychotherapists and a psychologist.

This service is offered free of charge and operates by appointment only.

Who We Are?

Treasa Fox, Head of Service/Psychologist

Helen Carberry, Counsellor

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Mick McGann, Counsellor

What is counselling?

Counselling provides a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which students can discuss any emotional or psychological difficulties they may be experiencing. The counsellor will use their training and expertise to help you clarify what issues are impacting on you and your life, and then facilitate exploration of how you can find better or different ways to live and different perspectives.

What issues do counsellors deal with?

The short answer is everything, really! We deal with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety/panic attacks, mental health difficulties, bereavement and loss, interpersonal or relationship problems, family difficulties, self-esteem, trauma, including sexual trauma, academic issues, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal thinking Whatever your issue, if you are in emotional distress we encourage you to seek help.

How long does a session last and how many sessions will I need?

Your first appointment will be a brief assessment, lasting 30 minutes, where the counsellor works with you to find out your needs, and discuss whether counselling is suitable for you. If on-going counselling is agreed then we will arrange those appointments with you. During very busy times there may be a delay while you wait for your first appointment, but we will arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

Counselling appointments usually last about 50 minutes. In most cases a number of sessions are required, often on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Due to the high demand for counselling services, normally six counselling sessions is available to each student. In exceptional circumstances this can be extended and will be assessed on an individual basis. Your first appointment, the brief assessment, may clash with classes on your timetable – this is unavoidable because of demand on the service. Any subsequent appointments will be scheduled around your timetable.

What about confidentiality?

The service is confidential and operates within the terms of confidentiality as laid down by the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors (IAUCC) Code of Ethics and Practice. This means that your personal details are not disclosed to anyone outside of the service without your expressed permission, except in exceptional circumstances regarding safety including suicidal intent, risk to a minor, and threats to lives of others.

Meet With Us / Contact Us

Counselling is available by appointment only.

To register for the Counselling Service, please email counsellor@ait.ie. You will be emailed a registration form, and will be requested to complete some questions that help us identify your needs. Please note you are not registered for the service until the registration form and questionnaire are complete.

We aim to offer an appointment within 2 weeks of your initial contact. However, at certain times of the year the demand for counselling exceeds our staff resources and there may be a waiting period before an appointment is available.

If you have a query, you should contact the Health Centre/Counselling Service Administrator at 090 6468063 or call in person to the Student Health Centre.