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.
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.