Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service
Welcome to the Student Counselling Service at Institute of Technology, Sligo. We are located in the ground floor of the Student Centre, beside the Students Union.

Counsellor: Dr. Siobhán McNally D Cons Psych, MSc, BA
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm

Out of Hours Supports:

  • Your own GP
  • Sligo General Hospital Emergency Department .Telephone 071 9174504
  • IT Sligo Garda Liaison. Telephone 071 9157000
  • Sligo Garda Station. Telephone 071 915700/9142031
  • IT Sligo Security. Tel 087 6379470
  • The Samaritans. Telephone 116 123

What is Counselling?

Counselling gives you some time and space to explore any issue that is of concern to you, and provides the opportunity for any student to discuss in private with a professional counsellor, any concerns which may be impacting on academic performance or personal health and well-being.

Counsellors are specially trained to listen attentively and provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment where you have the opportunity to engage in self-reflection, with a focus on your wellbeing and personal growth.

You can also get advice on where to find additional support and how best to move forward.


 Confidentiality is a central and integral part of the counselling process. It offers safety and privacy to those who choose to discuss personal and private concerns and it safeguards against any inappropriate or unnecessary disclosures.

All information given by you to your counsellor is confidential and won’t be disclosed to anyone outside of the Student Counselling Service. The only exception is if your counsellor is concerned about immediate risk to you or a third party. The counsellor will discuss this situation with you and involve you in any disclosure process.

Mental Health Promotion

 Throughout the year, the service runs a number of mental health promotions. These include suicide prevention, drug awareness, harmful drinking interventions and managing stress and examination anxiety.

The Student Counselling Service hosts a page on the IT Sligo website providing information on a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety/panic attacks and eating disorders.

Making an Appointment

The Counselling Service operates on an appointment basis. If you are interested in meeting with a counsellor in a confidential setting about the difficulties you are experiencing, please contact:


Referral to Counselling

To make a referral directly to the Counselling Service, please contact :

In the event of an emergency or a crisis it is important to state this on contacting the Counselling Service.

If referring a student or friend to the Service it is helpful to:

  • Discuss the referral with the student
  • Reiterate that the Counselling Service is confidential
  • Provide accurate information on how to access the Service
  • Where necessary accompany the student to the Service

Self-referral to the Counselling Service is welcomed and encouraged. No referral letter is necessary but will be accepted if relevant.

Please contact the Counselling Service Reception for further information regarding such referrals.

If you are a student struggling to cope, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.



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