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Counselling Service

‘The right service delivered by the right people in the right place at the right time’


Welcome to Éist Student Counselling and Wellbeing. This website provides information on what we do, how to access the service and also includes information on various issues that can affect students and the support services available in UL and Limerick.  Please feel free to browse our self-help leaflets located in the tabs on the left-hand side of the page. Further information about times of drop-in, and other resources are also available in the left and right-hand tabs. 

If you have any questions about how to book an appointment, what happens in counselling etc., please refer to our FAQ guide.

About Us

UL Éist - Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service is a free and confidential service which is available to all registered UL students. We run a stepped-care model of service which provides low-medium level support within a high-demand environment, tailoring support to the individual. The stepped-care model works by providing the least intensive, yet effective, intervention appropriate to the presenting needs of each individual. Students with high level, intensive needs, chronic difficulties, or entrenched problems can be referred to specialist support services, as determined by their presentation.

A student’s relationship with UL Éist begins with the drop-in service. Here they meet an Assistant Psychologist (AP) for 15-20 minutes. Drop-in runs twice daily (10am - 11am & 2pm - 3pm) and students do not need to make an appointment prior to attending. Please note, intake forms must be filled out no later than 10 minutes prior to the end of drop-in. Drop-in permits students the space to express their concerns and emotions. The APs and Clinical Psychologists then work to formulate a support plan, placing the student at the appropriate ‘step’ for their presenting issues and needs within the stepped-care model.


Step 1
Students may be offered up to four one-to-one cognitive-behavioural support sessions with an AP, giving them a space to work on coping skills and changing of thought processes related to their presentation/concerns. The one-to-one nature of the sessions allows for tailoring of support to the student’s individual needs. The service also provides on-line wellbeing and mental health advice and information. 

Step 2
Students who may not be suitable for cognitive-behavioural support or who prefer to explore their difficulties are placed at step 2 of the model. Here students are offered up to six sessions of talk therapy with one of the counsellors.

Step 3
In some circumstances, following review and discussion with the Head of Counselling, the student may be offered further sessions. Step 3 comprises of 1-6 additional sessions and a subsequent review. 

Step 4
Should the student require further support they may be directed to a specialist service (e.g. community mental health, rape crisis, drug and alcohol services). In some cases referral to specialist services may be decided at drop-in and in consultation with the Head of Service.

The service is staffed by qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologists, Student Counsellors, Intern/Trainee Psychotherapists, and Assistant Psychologists. Together they provided an extensive array of skill, expertise, and knowledge, equipping them to work with a wide range of personal issues.

Stepped Care Model

How to Find Us

First Seven Weeks of UL have made a short video on how to find the counselling service, which can be found here

 


Contact Number: 061-202327

Email: marion.kinsella@ul.ie for queries/information related to appointments or I-Grades

Email: counselling@ul.ie for specific queries not related to appointments or I-Grades

Location: CM-073 (Opposite the Student Health Centre)

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Important Information

Please note, UL Éist do not:

- Provide certificates for attendance

- Extend assignment deadlines

- Give interviews for coursework

There is no need to make an appointment, simply call in during our drop-in hours.

During term-time

Drop In: 10a.m.-11a.m. & 2p.m.-3p.m. daily 

Please note, intake forms must be filled out no later than 10 minutes prior to the end of drop-in.

Find Us: CM073, Main Building

Contact No: 061-202327

Ger Hanley - Monday 5-7pm Email: gerard.hanley@ul.ie 

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