The Student Counselling Service is a professional, confidential counselling service provided to all registered students at DkIT.
Going to college can be a great experience with opportunities to grow and change, academically, socially and personally. However, sometimes our ability to study and progress can be interrupted by the challenges we meet in everyday life.
Some students find the transition from school to college difficult, some feel homesick and isolated, or have anxiety about the changes they are having to manage. A sudden unplanned crisis like bereavement or illness may leave you feeling like you need support. You may find that you have too many stressful things to deal with all at once, or one after the other, leaving you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope. Other kinds of issues that students look for help with include relationship difficulties, study problems, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and sexuality/sexual identity.
The student counselling service is here to help you through these times. Counselling can help you get a new perspective on an issue you feel stuck with, cope with an unexpected crisis or develop new strategies to manage ongoing difficulties.
The Student Counselling Service is a confidential service provided free of charge to all registered students at DkIT.
Our service has a team of professionally trained and widely experienced male and female psychotherapists, Counselling and Clinical Psychologists, who are used to helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures and with a wide range of personal issues.
The service is discretely located in close proximity to the Health Unit on the first floor of the Faulkner Building. At AIB bank, take the stairs to the first floor and go through the glass doors on the right-hand side. The entrance to the counselling rooms is located at the first door to the right along the balcony. We also have an office in the Student Services Centre on the ground floor.
Should you have difficulties locating us prior to your first counselling session, feel free to drop in to reception at the Student Services Centre, where they will be glad to help.
As part of the support offered to students by the Counselling Service, DKIT Students can also avail of Togetherall and Niteline. This ensures students have access to tailored support on a 24 hour basis.
For more supports and resources for students please visit us on Moodle.
As part of a SATLE (Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement) funded - project, a group of students from DkIT created a series of short audio - visual resources to introduce mindfulness within the DkIT community.
The project aimed to develop resources that could in the first instance, support students in developing their awareness and understanding of mindfulness, including how it can improve mental health, wellbeing and academic performance. Secondly, it offered some resources to help students build key mindfulness skills.
The name 'Breathe and Be' reflects one of the underlying principles of mindfulness, learning to bring awareness back to the present moment, allowing yourself to simply 'be' through focusing on the breath, again and again.
As one of the students involved said,
‘The resources are a step towards a larger conversation around mindfulness on the campus. For students, by students. In the age of distraction, mindfulness is a great remedy. And it’s free. So why wouldn’t you take it?’
We hope you find them helpful.
Resources produced by: Eimear Mattison, BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, Matus Buffa, BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production, Shona Kelly, BA (Hons) Film and Television Production, Elsa Dias, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies. Special thanks to Derynta Jannadhiya, BA in Theatre & Film Practice
With support from Dr Adèle Commins, Head of Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music and Dr Emma Carroll, Head of Student Counselling.
The Student Counselling Service is not an emergency response service. If you are in need of urgent support the following services are available on a 24 hour basis.
Additional information on local crisis support services is available on the HSE website Crisis Supports Section.
The Counselling Service provides a consultative service to all staff in relation to student issues and concerns. If in any doubt about how to respond or proceed with a student difficulty or concern please feel free to consult with a member of the Counselling team. This can be arranged over the phone (042) 9370247 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following resources have been designed to provide additional information to staff about the counselling service and guidance on supporting students who may be struggling:
Going to college can be a wonderful and exciting experience for young adults. At the same time, it can bring a number of challenges for students, those who are just beginning and those who are progressing through their chosen course.
Alongside this journey, life outside of college also offers challenges and for many people, trying to manage everything can feel overwhelming.
If you feel that your student is struggling, you can encourage them to contact the Student Counselling Service. This service is specifically for students, and is provided free of charge by qualified and experienced professional Counsellors and Psychologists.
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 them clarify the issues that are impacting on them, and support them in exploration and development of helpful ways in which they can support themselves.