Meet our Team of qualified and experienced Counsellors

 Head of Counselling

Catherine (Nita) Whelan, contact 4023443/ 402 3052,

Nita is currently managing the service. Permanent member of Team since January 1999, Nita holds a Certificate in Working with Victims of Child Sexual Abuse (RGN, RPN), a Higher Diploma in Risk Management (UCD), a BA Psychology  (UCD), a Masters in Counselling Psychology.(TCD), and a Masters in Work and Org. Psychology (DCU). She is a registered member of PSI, IAUCC and An Board Altrainis.

Before joining DIT, Nita worked as a Drugs HIV and Gay Men's Health counsellor, EHB Drugs and HIV Helpline. Ten years experience as a psychiatric nurse and twelve years experience as a general nurse.


Service Secretary



North Side Counsellors

Catherine Bolger, contact 4024214,

Permanent member of the team since Sept 1998.

Catherine holds a B.A.(Hons) Psychology UCD, a MSc Counselling Psychology TCD, a Post Graduate Diploma in Criminology DIT, A Diploma in Critical Incident Debriefing. Also qualified in ASIST-Suicide First Aid and various clinical assessments such MMPI-2, Rorschach, NEO etc.

Catherine is a PSI Registered Psychologist and a Full Member of the Counselling Division of PSI. Catherine has been a Clinical Supervisor since 2002. Prior to joining DIT Catherine worked in another student counselling post and both primary and secondary schools as a counsellor. Her areas of special interest are Bullying, Relationship and Serious Mental Health Concerns.


Jennifer Hughes, contact 4023680,

 Full time counsellor in DIT since March 2000. 

Jennifer holds a BA.Psychology (UCD), a Masters in Occupational Psychology and Human Resource Management(UCC), and a Masters in Counselling Psychology (UCD). She is registered member PSI, IAUCC.

Prior to joining DIT Jennifer worked as a lecturer in City of Dublin V.E.C: (psychology/social science and early childhood education areas) and as  part time counsellor for 6 years. She set up the Counselling Service for The Institute of Technology, Sligo, in September 1998 and ran this service for 18 months.


Southside Counsellors

Olivia Fox, contact 402 7020,

Counsellor in DIT Aungier Street, with the DIT Counselling Service since 2011.




John Broderick, contact 4023155,

Counsellor in DIT Aungier Street, with the DIT counselling service since 1996.

John holds a BA Psychology (UCD) and a Masters in Counselling Psychology (TCD). He is a registered member of PSI.

Before he took up his position at DIT, John worked as a student counsellor in Carlow IT.

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