Student Counselling

Dear Student, In the current time of uncertainty, it is very important that we try to maintain a sense of structure to our daily activities. Please look after your physical and mental health and try to stay positive. Make sure that you stay connected via technologies to your friends and families, as this helps us remain emotionally stable. Connect to your sense of agency, as we often tend to underestimate it when in challenging times. Mindfulness, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation and breathing exercises are all very helpful in staying emotionally calm.

The Student Counselling Service remains available during the college closure in the form of online sessions via Microsoft Teams as well as phone call consultations. These can be scheduled by emailing providing your phone number and a preferred time to receive a call from the student counsellor.

Additionally, please find below some online resources and information sheets which you may find helpful. More resources will be added every week.

Useful links:

  1. A variety of relaxation and meditation exercises shared by Beaumont Hospital: Please click here to access.
  2. ‘Mindfulness of the breath’ or ‘Watching thoughts’ guided audio tracks which may assist your practice.
  3. A useful guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainity available in several languages.
Joanna Gorniak

We know that the transition to third level education can be challenging. Therapeutic and educational services respond to the personal, psychological, social and academic needs and concerns of students.

Who we are?

Joanna Gorniak Student Counsellor, MPsych, PGDipClinPsych, MBS, EMDR.

Joanna holds a Master’s Degree in General Psychology and Psychodiagnostics (MPsych by Research, 2006), a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsych, 2015), and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organisational Behaviour (MBS, 2009).

Joanna has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Mentalization Base Therapy (MBT). She has completed a psychotherapeutic training in Foundation Psychotraumatology and is currently undergoing a training in Advanced Psychotraumatology.

In 2018 Joanna was selected by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) as one of 9 members of the “Future International Leadership Group in Psychotraumatology”.

Joanna is a member of the following associations:

  • Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
  • UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS)
  • European Society for Traumatic Stress Study (ESTSS)
  • EMDR Association Ireland & UK

Joanna’s clinical experience includes working for over 5 years with adults at the Adult Mental Health Services at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, as part of her clinical training as well as in private practice since 2015.

Some of the difficulties which Joanna helps with are: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bereavement and loss, relationship issues, stress and difficulty coping, self-esteem, traumatic experiences, PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), eating disorders, issues related to sexual identity, problems with adjustment and cultural shock.


Student Services Area, Carriglea Building

How to get in touch

You can fill out an appointment request form and drop it into the mailbox. The mailbox is located in the Student Services Suite, beside the printer. A counsellor will contact you to arrange an appointment.

Email: to request an appointment.

Drop in Times: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.30 am.

External Supports

Samaritans provide 24 hour telephone support on 116 123 (free call) or E-mail Helpline: or Drop-in service: 112 Marlborough Street Dublin, 10am – 10pm.

Pieta House Lucan. Open weekdays 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun 10am-2pm. The Lucan number is 01-6010000. A 24-hour freephone suicide support line is available at 1800 247 247.

Locate the Nearest GP or hospital through the HSE map.

In an emergency

Students can access the IADT Student Health Centre Nurse directly (Atrium Building, opposite the student canteen) in person or Call the IADT Health Centre on (01) 239 4760
Call the IADT Security line on (01) 239 4999 or Access / Call your own GP.

GP out of hour’s service for Dun Laoghaire Doc (based in St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire): Monday – Friday: 6pm – 10 pm, Weekends/Bank Holidays: 10 am – 6 pm
Tel: (01) 6639869 with a Fee: Approx. €80

Online Mental Health Supports

A directory of useful websites for mental health is listed here.