Welcome to the Counselling Section of the website

  • Are you feeling anxious, worried or upset?
  • Are there some issues preventing you from focusing on your studies?
  • Can counselling help you?

Everyone can benefit from counselling. People’s surprised response is that “counselling works”. It offers a safe environment for you to explore you own special situation. The counsellor presumes health rather than illness. It is normal for people to have problems and a counsellor will enable you to interpret those problems and thereby gain greater self understanding.

How talking over something with a counsellor helps

Counselling provides you with the skills to cope with life’s stresses by allowing you to examine your life situation, offering you an alternative set of choices and empowers you to make the decisions that can enrich your life.

To quote the philosopher Lou Marinoff, “Monologue retards thinking: dialogue advances it”. Also “debating with oneself is unenlightening, debating with another illuminating”

The Institute has a professional, confidential counselling service available to all students free of charge. To make an appointment with a counsellor phone Student Services Office  on 059 9175600 or email

SETU Carlow Counsellors

Kevin Deering, Dip Counselling, Ma, Supervisory Practice
Paula O'Mahony, BA(Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy, Ma, Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice

24 Hour counselling support is available to SETU students on the Carlow and Wexford campuses. For further information on how to access this service please clickhere>>