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 all concerns you may have. All students are offered an assessment session with a counsellor, where their needs are assessed and working together with the counsellor a range of options will be offered. 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 session, the counsellor will discuss your needs with you and then working with you offer you an option on the step care model, which 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.



The DIT Counselling Service - A safe space to talk- in strict confidentiality

Just like any medical professional, the counselling service is bound to strict confidentiality. Your counsellorwill not make any contact with your family, your lecturers, your doctor etc., unless you explicitly ask them to do so.

However, in some 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 immediate risk of a client harming themselves or others
  • if there are serious concerns about the welfare of a minor (for instance reported child abuse in the family)
  • if a client is involved in a court case, and case notes are subpoenaed by a judge

If any of this were to occur, the student counsellor would very carefully consider whether a breach of confidentiality is necessary. Before taking any steps, they would discuss the matter openly with you,wherever possible.

At the end of the Online Intake Form you will be asked to click that you have read and that you accept the Confidentiality Policy of the Counselling Service. In your first meeting with your counsellor, they will answer any questions you may have about confidentiality.


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