Helping you get through tough times

School counselling

Not every school in Ireland has a specialised school counsellor. If yours doesn’t, your school’s guidance counsellor should be happy to listen if you need to talk.

Bag and soccer ballIn general, school counsellors can help you change the things that cause you distress.

You can talk to them about stuff that’s going on in school – teachers, other students, exam stress or timetables. You can also about any problems at home.

Their job is to help students with stuff like this. A good school counsellor will help you find a way through whatever’s getting you down, or put you in touch with someone who can help.

Making an appointment

Each school has a different policy on visiting your school counsellor. In most cases, you need to make an appointment to see someone.

To find out how your school operates, ask a teacher or friend you trust, check out the school website or ask the front office.

Ask about your privacy

There are some instances where a school counsellor has to let other people know about your situation. It’s a good idea to talk to your school counsellor about your rights around privacy before you start the session  For more information, check out confidentiality.

Check face-to-face help to see who else you can talk to. If you need to talk to someone straightaway, Samaritans Ireland (116 123) provide a listening support service over the phone.

This article was last reviewed on 03 May 2017

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