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Counselling Service

COVID-19 Closure

Students are welcome to email the MIC Counselling team for whatever support we can offer them during these weeks.

MIC Limerick

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MIC Thurles



Mary Immaculate College provides a professional, on-campus Counselling Service available to all students, free of charge.

This service provides all students with the opportunity to talk in a confidential setting about any issues which she or he may not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. A counselling relationship is one of warmth and safety, where a student feels supported and listened to.

Support is provided for many issues, such as: Stress, panic/anxiety attacks, crisis pregnancy, eating disorders, bereavement, exam stress, post-abortion, depression, relationships, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, gender issues, bullying, confidence/self-esteem issues, feeling suicidal, family issues, addictive behaviours, and others.

MIC Limerick

Students can make an appointment in the following ways:

1. By calling to ‘Drop-In’.

Drop-In is an hour set aside daily where you can call to one of the counsellors, for an informal chat or to make an appointment.

Drop-In is 11am-12pm, Monday to Friday at T311 or T312.

2. You can email the counsellors at or

3. Phone Brid at +353 61 204948 or Nessa at +353 61 204919

As well as 'Drop-In', the counsellors are available as follows :

Brid O’Connell: Monday and Tuesdays (by appointment).

Nessa Breen: Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays (by appointment).


MIC Thurles

The Counselling Service is located in P219 on the second floor and the counsellor is Fiona O Dwyer.

To make an appointment, please email or on +353 504 32033 or +353 87 9088710.

Counselling Service, MIC Limerick
Brid O'Connell/Nessa Breen
+353 61 204948 / +353 61 204919
Counselling Service, MIC Thurles
Fiona O'Dwyer
+353 504 32033 / +353 87 9088710


The fact-sheets* below can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant links. They contain information on dealing with personal issues; should any of the information contained in them affect you, please contact the student counsellors.

* The fact-sheets have been provided courtesy of the Student Counselling Service at Trinity College Dublin.


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

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.

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.

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.

Yes; the service is confidential and operates within the terms of confidentiality as laid down by the IAUCC (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.

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

The service is free and is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students of Mary Immaculate College.

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


Nessa Breen

Counselling Service
  • Phone: +353 61 204919
  • Email:
  • Location: T311

Bríd O'Connell

Counselling Service
  • Phone: +353 61 204948
  • Email:
  • Location: T312
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