How Counselling Works

"No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again" - Buddha

 

Counselling provides you with a safe and non-judgemental space to talk about and discuss any concerns you may have. All students are offered an Initial Assessment Appointment with a memeber 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 may be experiencing, you can talk about  personal problems or academic concerns that may be troubling you, in a private and confidential atmosphere.

How frequent are the sessions and how long does it take?

In the Intial Assessment Appointment, the counsellor will discuss your needs with you and then working with you offer you an option on the Step Care Model, which typically begins with psycho-educational materials and online supports. Another option that may be presented to you is a place on a workshop. More options on the step care model are online programmes. The final option available is a number of one to one sessions as appropriate. If you would like to engage in  long term therapy, the counsellor can give you a list of external therapists/ agencies available in Dublin for you to contact.

The Counselling Service also works closely with other student support services within DIT such as the Health Service and the Chaplaincy Service.

 

Confidentiality

 

Just like any medical professional, the counselling service is bound to strict confidentiality. Your counsellor will not make any contact with your family, your lecturers, your doctor etc., unless you explicitly ask them to do so or in one of the following situations:

In exceptional circumstances student counsellors are obliged by their professional code of ethics to breach confidentiality. This includes the following:

  • if there is a significant and imminenet risk of suicide or a risk of harm to others
  • if there are serious concerns about neglect or abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult 
  • if a client is involved in a court case, and case notes are subpoenaed by a judge

In all cases the cousnellor will inform you of their obligation and seek your informed consent where possible.

 

 

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