The Counselling and Personal Development Service is a professional, confidential and free service, which is available to all registered undergraduate and postgraduate DCU students.
The service provides one-to-one counselling and specialist input on a wide range of personal, academic, family, social, psychological and mental health issues that hinder a student’s academic performance in a non-judgmental and open manner.This includes support and help at time of immediate crisis.
The service also provides a range of on-line wellbeing, resilience and mental health advice and information including bibliotherapy which is quality self-help reading for psychological health. In addition the service offers a mindfulness, wellbeing and stress reduction lunchtime series and a student empowerment and life skills programme (bereavement facilitated student forums; online cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety; stress, anxiety and low mood workshops).
The service provides a 24/7, 365 days a year, freephone for students to register and when urgent to speak with a counsellor on the phone. Access to counselling on campus (Glasnevin and St Patrick's) and off campus is provided.
The Counselling and Personal Development Service is staffed by four full-time and sessional (qualified, accredited and experienced) counselling psychologists/psychotherapists both on and off site. We have some psychotherapists who are at an advanced stage in their psychotherapy training/accreditation process. We have two administrators to the service onsite with two freephone service administrators.