Counselling Services at GMIT

A professional, confidential, and free service available to all students at GMIT

GMIT Counselling

The Counselling Services at GMIT offer a safe, open and non-judgemental place to discuss whatever your concerns are.

Talking it over with a trained professional can sometimes help students to see things more clearly, make choices and develop more effective ways of coping.

Whatever is on your mind, we are here to listen, and help you to achieve your full potential during your time spent at GMIT.  You may wish to explore academic, personal or mental health concerns.

You can speak with a Counsellor about any issue, no matter how big or small.

Important Update - Please Note

Due to the closure of the Institute to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, the GMIT counselling service will not be offering appointments to new clients until further notice.

Should you wish to talk to someone please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or phone your local GP.

Students are asked to follow national HSE guidelines regarding self-isolation and social distancing. 

For information on developing strategies to reduce anxiety caused by Coronavirus please click here

Galway Campus

To make an appointment with a counsellor please email, phone, or drop by the Student Services Office. Just follow the yellow feet!

Request Appointment Phone Room Number    Email
Student Services Office +353 (0)91 74 2118 162 GMIT Counselling
Counselling Queries Name Room Number    Email
GMIT Counsellors Dervla Fahy 160 A GMIT Counselling
  Renagh Linnane 160 B GMIT Counselling

Daily emergency appointments are reserved for students requiring urgent support.

Counselling appointments are also available in CCAM and Letterfrack Campuses.

Urgent support will be available at the Letterfrack campus - check campus notice boards.


Mayo Campus

To make a counselling appointment please email, phone, or drop by the Counselling Office.

Drop in time: 11.15am - 12pm daily - appointments are not required during these hours.

GMIT Counsellor Michelle Kerins O'Brien
Location R111
Phone +353 (0) 94 904 3127
Email Michelle Kerins O'Brien

Students are encouraged to avail of the daily drop in times for urgent appointments.



GMIT Student Counselling Service (SCS) Cancellation Policy:

There is a very significant demand for appointments at the SCS and many students have to wait to see a Counsellor.  We endeavour to see people as quickly as possible and one of the ways we minimise waiting times is to reduce the number of unused appointments.

You can help by giving as much advance notice as possible if you need to cancel your appointment as we can then offer that appointment slot to someone else.

If you cancel your first appointment with less than 24 hours notice or on two or more occasions, you may be moved to the bottom of the waiting list before being offered another appointment.  If you are engaged with the counselling service and cancel an appointment with less than 24 hours notices or on two or more occasions, you may lose one of your six counselling sessions.

To cancel your appointment email or or contact your individual counsellor directly.



The Participate project is an innovative approach to the problem of social anxiety and student participation. This online programme offers a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for social anxiety that has proven to be effective. The aim of the project is to develop innovative software and evidence-based psychological therapies, together with a programme of college-based initiatives, to facilitate students to participate more fully in academic, sports, social and community life.

If you are a student of GMIT and have not already registered with Participate, please click on the Register button to proceed and find out more about the programme. You will be able to learn about social anxiety, how our programme works, and if you like, test you own social anxiety. Any GMIT student can then go on to apply to join the programme, if you think it might be useful to you.

Participate is an initiative of National University of Ireland, Galway, in partnership with GMIT and other Irish Higher Education Institutions, based on research and materials generated by NUI Galway Student Services and School of Psychology.

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Further Information: 

Concerned about your Wellbeing?

If you are concerned about your wellbeing, please visit the GMIT Student Health Unit, your own GP, A&E, or contact Emergency Services.

24 Hour Services

  • Ambulance / Gardai / Fire Services: 999 or 112
  • A&E: University Hospital Galway (UHG): +353 (0) 91 524 222

24 Hour Helplines

  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Pieta House: 1800 247 247

For a full listing of services and helplines, please click HERE.