Opening Hours for Counselling Service

Monday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Tuesday 09.00am to 05.00pm
Wednesday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Thursday 09:00am to 05:00pm
Friday 09.00am to 05.00pm

Out of hours/ Emergencies 

Our services, including our phones and e-mail, operate from Monday to Friday (term-time only) between 9.00am -  5.00pm. If urgent emotional support is required outside of

these times, the following services should be contacted:

o   Learner’s own local GP service

o   Caredoc out-of-hour service (6pm to 8am) 1850 334999

o   The Samaritans 24 hours Freephone listening service 116123

o   Carlow Garda Station 059 9131505


The Student Counselling Service

The Student Counselling Service at Carlow College, St Patrick’s is a free, professional and confidential service. It adheres to a strict code of ethics and ethical practice as outlined by PCHEI, Psychological Counselling in Higher Education Ireland, and the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

We provide:

  • Compassionate and inclusive support for students on a one-to-one basis in a safe and confidential setting in dealing with any issues and challenges in their lives which may be impacting on their academic and/or personal health.
  • Professional one-to-one counselling in areas such as: abuse; anger management, anxiety; bereavement loss and transition; bullying; communication problems; conflict; depression; gender issues; relationship issues; self-confidence and esteem issues, stress management; trauma and other pain caused by life crises.
  • Workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics including; adjusting to college life, stress management, mindfulness and mental health issues.
  • Provision of relevant information on self-help resources and literature.

Find Us

The Student Counselling Service is located in the Kathleen Brennan Student Resource Centre.  The Students’ Union office, Careers Office and Health Service are also located here.


Services Provided

Drop in service

One to one counselling

Provision of workshops

Provision of relevant information on self-help resources and literature

Making Appointments

Students can make their appointments with the Counselling service directly by:

 Self-referrals are welcomed and encouraged.


Bernie Dunne-O'ReillyAccredited MIACP 

                        Martina Kelly, Accredited MIACP  







Useful Links


Name of Service  Services  Web Address Provides mental health information to assist university/college students get through difficult times
Please Talk Suicide prevention service that offers resources and contact details for college personnel who are always available to listen.
Grow Mental Health Organisation that provides support to individuals who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems