Frequently Asked Questions About Counselling
Is it free?
Yes all full-time registered students of LIT can use our services
Is it Confidential?
We are a confidential professional service bound by professional codes of ethics and also the IAUCC (Irish Association of University and College Counsellors).
Your relationship with your counsellor is confidential, however if you are a risk to yourself or you inform us that somebody else may be at risk e.g. child protection, we may need to take further action, however your counsellor will include you in this decision making process.
Will my attendance in Student Counselling be on my academic record?
Who comes for Counselling?
All students have used the Student Counselling service, so whether you are new to college, a mature student, a post-grad, a student with a disability or from another culture you are welcome to attend.
What if it’s an emergency?
If you are in crisis please make contact with the service as soon as possible and we will endeavour to give you an emergency slot that day or as soon as possible.
I am worried about my friend what can I do?
Register for counselling and make an initial appointment to discuss your concerns with the Counsellor.
What if I have to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
If possible please give us as much notice as possible and at least 24hrs if you can so we can offer the appointment to another student who may be waiting. Cancelling too late means it may not be possible to reallocate the time.
How long is a counselling session?
An assessment session is usually 30 minutes, regular sessions are 50 minutes.
How many counselling sessions can I have?
Usually up to a maximum of 6, however some students attend for more where required.
Do you have group counselling?
Yes we run stress management workshops and other groups as appropriate.
Making an Appointment
You just need to register for Counselling.
In LIT Moylish you do this by dropping-in to The Health Unit to Ann Hassett at reception or phoning 061 293106.
In LSAD you register with Sean in main reception.
In LIT Thurles and Clonmel you do this by contacting Anna Fitzgerald Receptionist for all Tipperary based services: 050428152 [email protected]
Once registered for counselling you will be offered an assessment appointment, this usually takes 30 minutes after which you will be assigned to a counsellor.
Please note that during our busiest times we operate a waiting list so be patient, if you are in crisis, please inform us and you will be given an emergency appointment.
Considering Counselling at LIT
Counselling gives you some time and space in a confidential setting to explore any issue that is of concern to you.
Counsellors are specially trained to listen attentively and provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment where you have the opportunity to self-reflect and develop as a person. You can also get advice on where to find additional support and plan how best to move forward in your life.
If you are interested in meeting with a counsellor in a confidential setting about whatever issues is causing you concern the Student Counselling Service offers: individual counselling and groups and workshops. We also provide frequent drop-in sessions.
If you are a student struggling to cope, please contact us. We are here to help you.
What kind of issues bring people to Counselling?
- Eating issues
- Relationship problems
- Victim of crime
- Sexuality/gender issues
- Academic worries
- Mental Health Issues
- Drug or alcohol problems
- Mediation between housemates
- Lots more…