Student Counselling

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.
Joanna Gorniak
Joanna Gorniak

Who we are?

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

Joanna holds a Masters Degree in General Psychology and Psychodiagnostics (MPsych by Research, 2006), a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsych, 2015), and a Masters Degree in Management and Organisational Behaviour (MBS, 2009). Additionally Joanna has completed and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) level 1, and a training in Suicide Prevention. Since April 2017 she has been in psychotherapeutic training towards accreditation in Psycho-traumatology. Joanna is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) and European Society for Traumatic Stress Study (ESTSS).

Joanna was involved for five and a half years in working with adults at the Adult Mental Health Services at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, as part of her clinical training. She has also been working with clients in private practice since 2015. ​Joanna helps clients with a wide range of emotional, behavioural, and adjustment issues. She helps clients to overcome challenges, gain understanding of their difficulties and ultimately to work towards finding meaning and happiness in life. Some of the difficulties which Joanna assists with are: depression and feeling low, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), bereavement and loss, relationship issues, stress and difficulty coping, insecurity, self-esteem and confidence, trauma and traumatic experiences, PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder), eating disorder, 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.