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Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the Student Counselling Service?

 - a professional counselling service available to students to help you as you progress through College life.

What sort of problems can be helped with counselling?

-   most personal or relationship issues can be helped through counselling – this includes, self-esteem/confidence issues, exam, stress, panic/anxiety attacks ,depression, feeling suicidal, family and/or relationship difficulties, sexual problems or identity issues. . It also includes adjusting to a new environment, or dealing with difficult decisions, as well as more specific problems, such as addictions, eating disorders, crisis pregnancy, post abortion, bullying, bereavement and abuse.

Suppose I decide I do want to talk about some problem, what do I do?

- you can contact any one of us directly by email or phone. Sometimes people just drop in for a chat once to see how it feels,and then decide whether or not to come back. It's up to you.

What happens in counselling?

•  counselling is not the same as giving advice. It is basically a relationship with another person where you are free to talk about issues you may not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. This relationship will be one of warmth and safety, where you feel supported and listened to.

 Is the service confidential?

- yes, the service is confidential and operates within the terms of confidentiality as laid down by the I.A.U.C.C. (Irish Association for University and College Counsellors) ‘Code of Ethics and Practice'.

This means that nothing you talk about is disclosed to anyone outside of the service without your expressed permission, except in exceptional circumstances regarding safety.

Who are the Counsellors?

- Nessa Breen, and Brid O'Connell, a team of professionally trained and widely experienced counsellors/psychotherapists, who are used to helping people from many different backgrounds with a wide variety of personal issues.

Who is the service for?

- the service is free and is available to all undergraduate and graduate students of the College

Any last words?

- yes. If there's something really overwhelming you, dragging you down, please come and talk to us. That's why we're here.



Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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