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?
While the college is closed due to COVID-19 your first appointment will be a brief assessment (15mins) on the telephone with a senior AIT Counsellor. They will work 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. All Counselling sessions are now online via video link or telephone call. 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.
What about confidentiality?
The service is confidential and operates within the terms of confidentiality as laid down by the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHEI) 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.