Counselling Service

Student Life And LearningCounselling Service

Counselling Service

WIT Student Counselling Service offers psychological counselling to registered full time students. Counselling is provided by a team of professionally qualified Psychotherpists and Psychologists. This is a free Service.

We are providing counselling remotely by video and phone consultation to continue to support your emotional, psychological and academic well-being. 

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Stress Control is an On-line Stress Management Programme made available by the HSE to all members of the community. This is a free programme. To access the programme visit http://www.stresscontrol.ie

Available from Monday 7th September 2020. Please see above for the dates and times of each session. Each session will be available for 48 hours after the times listed.

The Stress Control programme has helped over 10,000 participants deal with increased stress during these challenges times. It includes practical skills to help you manage stress. You might think it useful to do this programme yourself, or make a friend, classmate or family member aware of it

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Counselling provides a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which students can discuss any emotional or psychological difficulties they are experiencing.  This service is offered free of charge and operates by appointment only, details of how to make an appointment can be seen in the 'Appointments' section. Through your engagement with counselling you will be supported to develop a set of skills to help you manage your emotions, and to cope with the impact of adverse life events, be they current or past. Students present as a result of various life circumstances. Our staff team recognises that it can be very daunting to ask for support in dealing with difficult experiences.  Among the wide range of problems for which students seek counselling are:

What to Expect

Counselling is provided remotely by either video or phone appointment. Appointments last 45 minutes. Your first appointment will include an assessment of your psychological support needs. You will arrange with your psychologist / psychotherapist how often and when you will meet, this will be based on your ongoing support needs. 

It is important that you are ready on time to start your video or phone appointment.  If you are not available to start the session on time your appointment will be shortened as your counsellor works on an appointment basis.   If you have an appointment that you can't keep, we ask that you please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to cancel so that your time can be re-allocated to another student who needs our support.

Counselling is available by appointment only.

Cancellations

If you are unable to keep your appointment, we ask you to please give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation so that your time can be re-allocated to another student. This helps us to keep waiting times for counselling appointments as low as possible. 

Please note that should you cancel your appointment you will need to make contact with the counselling service again to schedule a new appointment. This is important as we will not automatically make a new appointment for you

Demand for counselling sometimes exceeds our staff resources and at times there may be a waiting period before an appointment is available. Until such time as an appointment can be organised for you we have put together some useful resouces that you may find helpful while waiting to hear from us.

Abdominal Breathing for Relaxation 

Diaphragmatic breathing is a type of a breathing exercise that helps strengthen your diaphragm, an important muscle that helps you breathe. This breathing exercise is also sometimes called belly breathing or abdominal breathing.

It has a number of benefits that affect your entire body. It’s the basis for almost all meditation or relaxation techniques, which can lower your stress levels, reduce your blood pressure, and regulate other important bodily processes.The link below shows you how to use this type of breathing which may help. 

Abdominal Breathing for Relaxation 

Unhelpful Thinking and Alternative Thoughts 

Over the years, we tend to get into unhelpful thinking habits. We might favour some over others, and there might be some that seem far too familiar. Once you can identify your unhelpful thinking styles, you can start to notice them – they very often occur just before and during distressing situations. Once you can notice them, then that can help you to challenge or distance yourself from those thoughts, and see the situation in a different and more helpful way. Below is some helpful information on how to use alternaive thoughts. 

Unhelpful Thinking Alternative Thoughts

Self Help for Anxiety 

Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress. It's a feeling of fear or apprehension about what's to come. The first day of college, going to a job interview, or giving a prsentation may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. Sometimes anixety can become difficult to deal with and one needs to learn how to gain control of it. Below is some information on how you can start to help your anxiety while you wait for an appointment with us. 

Self Help for Anxiety 

Aim for a Healthy Life Balance 

Balanced living means considering all aspects of your life: relationships, work, fitness and health, and emotional well-being. We all get bogged down with work and family responsibilities from time to time, but making time for yourself is necessary so that you can keep up with all your responsibilities. All batteries get run down, even yours. So recharge your body physically and mentally and make the commitment to enjoy some “you time” every day. We have attached some infromation on how to aim for a healthy life balance through achievement, connection and enjoyment. 

Aim for Healthy Life Balance