The Student Counselling Service aims to provide a confidential support service that is free of charge to all registered ATU Sligo students residing in the Republic of Ireland.

The service offers students the opportunity to explore any issue which may be impacting on their mental health and general well-being in a confidential setting.


Be assured that confidentiality is a central and integral part of the counselling process. It offers safety and privacy to students who choose to discuss personal and private concerns, and it safeguards against any inappropriate or unnecessary disclosures.

All information given by you to your counsellor is confidential and won’t be disclosed to anyone outside of the Student Counselling Service. The only exception is if your counsellor is concerned about immediate risk to you or a third party.

Speak Out

Speak Out is an online space to anonymous speak out against misconduct that students/staff have experienced or witnessed. The reporting tool provides an opportunity for students/staff to anonymously report incidents of:

  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • harassment
  • discrimination
  • hate crimes
  • coercive behaviour/control, stalking
  • assault
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual assault and
  • rape that students/staff have experienced

The tool will help you to find relevant supports and highlight formal reporting procedures, should you wish to use them.

It is important to remember that as the tool is completely anonymous, we have no way to identify or make contact with any member of the college community.

The tool will help you to find relevant supports and highlight formal reporting procedures, should you wish to use them.

It is important to remember that as the tool is completely anonymous, we have no way to identify or make contact with any member of the college community.

Making an Appointment/Referral

The Counselling Service operates on an appointment basis. If you would like to make an appointment , please contact the service by:

Referring Students to the Student Counselling Service  – Staff Guide.

In the event of an emergency or a crisis, it is important to state this on contacting the Counselling Service.

Dr Siobhan McNally
Counselling Psychologist

Siobhan is a Counselling Psychologist and member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She has experience in a variety of specialist and health care settings across the UK and Ireland.

With expertise in both assessment and therapy, Siobhan’s experience includes short and long term clinical work, in areas including but not limited to; depression, anxiety, personality disorders, addiction, loss and trauma, autism, disability, and challenging behaviour, within a range of inpatient and community based mental health and primary care psychology services.

Siobhan’s therapeutic interests include Emotion-Focused, Cognitive-Analytic and Existential therapies with a focus upon subjective meaning and emotional processing. Her doctoral research formed part of an initiative within Trinity College aimed at developing Emotion Focused Therapy as a treatment approach for Depression. Siobhan’s research findings have been presented at a number of events and conferences within Europe and the United States.


Geraldine Gilroy
Counsellor/Clinical Supervisor

Geraldine has a Degree in Education, a Masters in Counselling and Post graduate diploma in Clinical Supervision, a diploma in The Psychology of Counselling and a Certificate in Addiction Studies.

She is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (IACP) since 2006.

Geraldine is an accredited Clinical/Counselling Supervisor since 2017.

Geraldine is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Teaching Council.

Geraldine has twenty years’ experience working as a counsellor in both private practice and educational institutions.

She has worked with individuals, couples and groups.

Her group work has included working with people who have specific disabilities and/or live with someone who has a disability as well as supervising groups of people who are working with groups.

She has vast experience in designing and delivering workshops and presentations on various aspects of mental health and wellbeing to a variety of audiences.

Geraldine is a past chairperson of the IACPI (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Regional Committee and has represented IACP members at executive committee level and on national media platforms.

Geraldine is dedicated to keeping up to date on the latest developments in mental health research and she is passionate about promoting positive mental health.


  • Discuss attending the student counselling service with the student
  • Reiterate that the Counselling Service is confidential
  • Provide accurate information on how to access the Service
  • Where necessary accompany the student to the Service
  • Self-referral to the Counselling Service is welcomed and encouraged. No referral letter is necessary

Please contact the Counselling Service Reception for further information.



Self-help for Wellbeing and Mental Health

A new way to a healthier mind. 1 in 4 of us struggle with mental health challenges, like feeling low or anxious.

SilverCloud programmes give you the tools and skills to feel better and stay better.

What programmes are available?

Choose from programmes to help with:

Programmes that give you the skills to deal with everyday issues that affect your emotional health.

  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Resilience
  • Positive body image
  • COVID-19

Programmes to help alleviate the symptoms of common mental health conditions.

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Social anxiety
  • Health anxiety
  • OCD
  • GAD
  • Phobia
  • Depression
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Money worries

Easy to Access

Get easy access online, when you need it.

Easy to Use

82% of people find the programmes easy to use.

It Works

Most users see an improvement when they begin using the programmes.

You can access SilverCloud by logging into Moodle

Being Well, Living Well Toolkit

The Being Well Living well toolkit helps students to develop the confidence to manage wellbeing issues they may face and understand that they are not alone in experiencing challenges in their academic and personal lives – whilst also providing guidance on supporting their friends, and signposting when and where to seek further support if needed.

The toolkit covers 4 main themes:
1. Living Well
2. Feeling Well
3. Staying Safe
4. Spending Well

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The online toolkit allows students to dip in and out of the themed resources at anytime. It also contains useful ATU Sligo resources and supports to help students overcome pressures and anxieties.

Contact us

Phone: 071 9305463

Location:The Student Counselling Service is located on the ground floor of the Student Centre beside the Students Union.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday:  9am – 4pm

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