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The Student Counselling Service at Carlow College, St Patrick’s is a free, professional and confidential service which is available to all registered undergraduate and postgraduate students. 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).


The Student Counselling Service 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.

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:

  • Learner’s own local GP service
  • Caredoc out-of-hour service (6pm to 8am) 1850 334999
  • The Samaritans 24 hours Freephone listening service 116123
  • Carlow Garda Station 059 9131505

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

Self-referrals are welcomed and encouraged.

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