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The Student Counselling Service is a free, confidential counselling service for students attending MIE (Marino Institute of Education). The service is located at Rooms 41/42 St. Patrick’s Hall (Library Building) and is open Monday – Friday from 9:30am – 1:30pm and 2:00pm to 5:30pm, except on Tuesdays when it is open until 6.30pm. Counselling appointments are available in-person and online. To book an initial consultation please click here

How we can help

Counselling provides you time and space to explore issues that are of concern. Counsellors are specially trained to listen attentively and to offer a supportive, confidential, and non-judgmental environment where you can engage in a process of self-reflection and   discovery with a focus on personal growth, mental health, and wellbeing.   


Issues that students bring to counselling include:  

  • Stress/worrying/overwhelm 
  • Low mood 
  • Placement concerns 
  • Body Image 
  • Academic concerns 
  • Confidence/self-esteem  
  • Homesickness/loneliness 
  • Relationship/family difficulties 
  • Alcohol/substance use 
  • Identity (Sexual, Gender, Ethnic) 
  • Physical, Verbal, Sexual or Emotional harassment/assault 
  • Bereavement 
  • Concerns about the wellbeing of a friend/classmate. 

How to meet with a counsellor

There are two ways to meet with a Student Counsellor:  

  1. Schedule an initial consultation using the online booking system click here
  2. Drop-in to Room 41/42 St Patrick’s Hall (Library Building) Monday-Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm  


Emergency Counselling Appointment.  

If you need to speak with a Student Counsellor urgently, email [email protected] to request a same-day appointment. 

Out of Hours Support

Outside office hours support is available from the following services 24/7:    

Ambulance, Garda, Fire Service  

Dial 999 or 112  

In an emergency, dial 999 or 112.   

To find your nearest Accident and Emergency department click: https://www2.hse.ie/services/emergency-departments/

Crisis Text Line  

A 24/7 crisis text line available to all students. To start a conversation text MIE to 50808  

National Rape Crisis Helpline (Offers support to people who have been sexually assaulted)  

1800 778 888  

Northside D-Doc (Out of hours GP medical service. Fees apply)  

0818 22 44 76  

Pieta House (Offers support to people at risk of self-harm)  

1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444  

Samaritans (Offers emotional support to people experiencing personal challenges)  

116 123   

Togetherall (Offers on-line peer support and self-help courses)  



Support is available from the following services. Please check their individual websites for opening hours.  

AWARE (Offers support to people with mental health concerns)  

1800 804 848  

Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) (Helps visitors who have experienced a crime)

01 666 9354  

LGBT+ Helpline  

1800 929 539  

(Monday- Thursday 6.30pm – 10pm Friday 4.00pm-10.00 pm Saturday-Sunday 4.00pm-6.00pm)  

Men’s Aid (Offers support to men experiencing domestic violence)  

01 554 3811  

Women’s Aid (Offers support to women experiencing domestic violence)  

1800 341 900  

Online and self-help resources

Online and self-help resources are available in, Library Guide on Mental Health and Wellbeing or you can call into the library and the staff will assist you.  

Online resources and books are available on a range of topics including:  

  • Self Esteem & Body Image 
  • Worrying 
  • Confidence/Self Esteem 
  • Resilience 
  • Self – Compassion 
  • Managing Difficult Times 
  • Time Management 
  • Effective Learning 
  • Self-Care 
  • …and more 

Meet the Team


Deirdre Flynn is the Director of the Student Counselling Service at MIE (part-time). She is an accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor with Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and is a member of the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland (PCHEI).  Deirdre was the Director of Student Counselling, Student Learning Development and Student2Student in TCD (Trinity College Dublin) from 1993-2021. In addition, she has worked in a variety of community, hospital and educational settings and roles both here and abroad.   


Deirdre is committed to developing quality services for students based on best practice evidence and standards, working in partnership with MIE colleagues and students. If you would like to meet with her to discuss the development of the MIE Student Counselling Service, she is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays.     


Counselling Team 

Orla Stafford is a Student Counsellor at MIE (full-time). She is a pre-accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and is a member of the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland (PCHEI).   


Orla has extensive experience of supporting third level students in areas such as anxiety, overwhelm, body image and self confidence. Orla carries out her work with a deep sense of empathy in an integrative approach combining person centred, CBT and psychodynamic approaches to guide the therapy process. Orla strives to offer students a meaningful therapeutic relationship in which awareness, self understanding, and growth can occur.   


Eimer Kernan is a Student Counsellor at MIE (part-time). She is a pre-accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and is a member of the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland (PCHEI).   


With a background in pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy, Eimer draws on a range of approaches in her work with students including Humanistic/ Person-Centered, CBT and Integrative. Fully appreciating that each student’s situation is unique, she works collaboratively to develop an individual plan with each one to reduce distress and improve overall health and wellbeing. Eimer is on campus Mondays and Thursdays.   


Lynne Chen is a Student Counsellor at MIE (full-time) *.  She is an accredited Psychotherapist with the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) and is a member of the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland (PCHEI).   


Lynne has worked in a variety of social and family services in Ireland and abroad. She has focused her research on ethnic identity and psychotherapy in Ireland and is committed to providing and developing a student counselling service that recognises and values the dignity and diversity of all students.   

*Lynne is currently on leave from her post. 


Skills Sessions 

Shalaleh Karkon is an Assistant Psychologist in the Student Counselling Service at MIE (part-time). She is completing her Ph.D. at Trinity College Dublin and has undertaken previous research on the Sense of Belonging among Third Level International Students in Ireland. Shalaleh provides initial consultations and skills sessions for MIE students attending the Student Counselling Service including managing anxiety & overwhelm, sleep, procrastination, and positive thinking. She is on campus on Tuesdays.