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Counselling Service

About

Mary Immaculate College provides a professional counselling Service available to all students, free of charge during the academic year. We are currently offering a blended service of online therapy and where appropriate, on-campus in-person therapy sessions. Whilst some students only need one or two session to address their issues, we are able to offer students contracts of up to six online or face-to face counselling sessions, generally weekly with each session lasting up to 50 mins. We also run a range of support groups, workshops, talks and wellbeing courses for students.

General Information

One-to-One Counselling support

The service here at MIC provides all students with the opportunity to talk in a confidential* setting about any issues which they 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, loneliness, 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: Student counsellors are available to offer you support Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. The Counselling Service is located in rooms T311 & T312 on the third floor of the TARA building along the corridor from the Medical Centre.

If you would like to talk with one of the counsellors we have a daily drop-in service on campus  from 11.30am-1pm. You do not need an appointment to attend these sessions where you can share what is troubling you and start to explore with the counsellor how best you can be supported.

If it is not possible to attend one of the daily on campus drop-in session then please send an email to Counselling@mic.ul.ie. One of the counselling team will then reply during office hours within 24 hours. Please leave your phone number when you email.

MIC Thurles Students: There is a student counsellor available to you Monday-Friday. Her contact details are below.

Are you unsafe or in a Suicidal Crisis/Emergency out of hours?

It is very important that you keep yourself safe so, if you feel increasingly at risk please reach out to gain support and contact immediately:

  • Your GP
  • Free Text: MIC to 50808 (more info here)
  • Pieta House: Freephone 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 5144
  • If your life is in imminent danger, please call 911.

*Confidentiality

The counselling service operates within the terms of confidentiality as laid down by accredited professional associations (IACP, IAHIP, ICP). This means that nothing you talk about is disclosed to anyone outside of the service/supervision process without your expressed permission, except in exceptional circumstances regarding safety/at risk situations, the disclosure of on-going or past child abuse, or if records are subpoenaed by law.

Contact
MIC Limerick
Monday-Friday: Paula Seth
+353 61 204300 / +353 85 8775827
Contact
Counselling Service, MIC Thurles
Monday-Friday: Fiona O'Dwyer
+353 504 32033 / +353 87 9088710
Text MIC on 50808
Text MIC on 50808

Guidelines for Online and Telephone Counselling

Protecting your own privacy

  • When a telephone/online-counselling session is offered, you will receive a call at your scheduled time or have received a link for the secure online session via Microsoft Teams. You need to be in a private location where you can speak openly without being overheard or interrupted by others to protect your own confidentiality. If you choose to be a in a place where there are people or others can hear you, your counsellor cannot be responsible for protecting your confidentiality.
  • If you feel you will not be able to access a private place to speak with a counsellor please let us know.
  • To help your privacy we suggest you wear a headset and reduce as much as possible the chance of interruptions for the duration of your scheduled appointment.

Connection Loss

  • Distractions at home can interrupt the phone call or online appointment, this could also occur for the Counsellor if they too are working remotely.
  • During Online Sessions: If we lose our connection during a Teams session, your counsellor will call you to troubleshoot the reason for lost connection. If they cannot reach you, they will remain available to you during the entire course of your scheduled session, should you manage to reconnect.
  • If the loss of connection is not resolved, you can opt to continue the session over the phone or reschedule your appointment.

Phone Sessions

  • Please ensure your phone is charged and your connection is good in advance of the session.
  • Phone connection might fail before or during the counselling session, if this occurs your counsellor will call you back twice before the assigned time ends for your session and follow up with a text if the session ends abruptly.
  • Body language, or non-verbal reactions to what you are discussing are not always picked up over the phone. For example, if you become emotional or shivering you may need to ask for the session to pause whilst you fetch a tissue or a drink, turn on the heating or get a coat. You may also feel that you need to describe your feelings, thoughts, and/or actions in more detail than you would during a face-to-face/Teams session.

Recording of Sessions

Please note that recording, screenshots etc of any kind of any session is not be permitted.

Accessing Sessions from Abroad

We would like to make our online support available to all students even when you are on Erasmus or accessing college online from your home which may not be in Ireland. We are aware however that in some countries, or in some local areas within a country, receiving online counselling is not permitted or the counsellor needs specific permission or licences which as Irish based practitioners we do not have. For example, we cannot provide online counselling to students temporarily resident in the State of California. It will be up to you to let the counselling service know if you are aware of any legal restrictions to receiving online support.

Fact-sheets

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.

FAQs

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.

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.

Staff

Nessa Breen


Counsellor
Counselling Service
  • Phone: +353 61 204919
  • Email: Nessa.Breen@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: T311

Bríd O'Connell


Counsellor
Counselling Service
  • Phone: +353 61 204948
  • Email: Brid.OConnell@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: T312

Dr Paula Seth


Student Counsellor
Counselling Service
  • Email: Paula.Seth@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: T312
  • About
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