Student Guidance and Well-Being



Our fully qualified and highly experienced Career Guidance Counsellor, Moya McDowell is available to provide advice and direction to our all our students throughout the year.

One-to-one Career Guidance

Students are encouraged to make as many ‘one-to-one’ career guidance meetings as they need. At these meetings we explore career opportunities and discuss the student’s aspirations for third-level education. Our aim is to help our students make informed decisions about their future career and life. Parents and guardians are invited to participate in these meetings if they wish. Continuous assistance is provided throughout the CAO application process.

Reasonable accommodations

Many students who enter our 6th year programme may already be in a situation where their previous school has submitted an application to the State exams Commission. If this is not the case, or you are joining Ashfield College in 5th year, our Guidance team will aid you in applying for any reasonable accommodations for which you may be entitled. Reasonable accommodations typically include spelling and grammar waivers, separate centres, using a reader, laptop, scribe etc.


Ashfield College hosts several Public Talks through the year aimed at guiding parents through the Leaving Cert year and beyond.

Understanding the CAO System & Career Choices

Ashfield College runs a series of CAO talks in the first term of each year. Students and parents are encouraged to attend one of these talks, which are intended to demystify the CAO application process and answer any questions students and parents may have in advance of making the student making their college application in February.




Understanding the Teenage Mind

Renowned Psychologist and parenting expert David Carey hosts public talks through the year aimed at helping parents to understand the teenage mind and how to help your teenager succeed in life. For a full recording of this public lecture Read more

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Mindfulness and Well-being Seminars

Throughout the academic year, Psychotherapist Dr Finian Fallon delivers weekly Mindfulness and Well-being seminars, aimed at providing our students with the tools and resources necessary to deal with the stresses of the Leaving Cert and every day life.

Mindfulness can provide students with the tools they need to help them remain calm, sustain their attention and manage the pressures of student life effectively. Our teaching staff have reported improvements with stress management and improved participation in the classroom since the commencement of our Mindfulness programme.



Moya-McDowellMoya McDowell
Guidance Counsellor

Moya is a highly experienced Guidance Counsellor with over 20 years’ experience guiding students through the CAO process and has extensive knowledge of the all the options available at 3rd level.  Moya spends the weekly one-on-one sessions discussing the interests and attributes of the student and guiding them through the application process and onto a fulfilling and suitable career path.


John Sullivan
Student Mentor

John Sullivan has a passion for guiding and mentoring young adults during their journey to the Leaving Certificate. As well as a BSc Hons & BA Hons in Personal & Professional Development, John holds a qualification in School Counselling & Guidance Services from DCU (Level 7) as well as FETAC QQI Level 6 Awards in Developmental & Child Psychology and Special Needs.  He continues to expand his knowledge in the fields of Child Psychology and Special Needs.  John has also completed a Postgraduate Course in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at the Innovation Academy, University College Dublin (UCD) in June 2015.  Prior to working in community and personal development John was involved in the fields of aviation, science and engineering in a range of positions.


John_okeeffeJohn O’Keeffe
Careers Consultant

John O’Keeffe is a Criminologist, Forensic Psychologist and a broadcaster.  He is graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Met University and Cambridge University where he is a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin.



davidcareyDavid Carey

David Carey trained in the United States in the 1970s where he studied with Albert Ellis, PhD., one of the pioneers of cognitive-behavioural therapy.  During his course of study, he was enrolled in the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York.  He is also a weekly contributor to Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff  afternoon programme where he is the resident parenting expert.


finian_fallonDr Finian Fallon
Mindfulness Counsellor

Dr Finian Fallon is an IACP accredited psychotherapist. He holds a first class honours BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Masters in Addiction Studies. Finian is completing a Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Dublin City University. He works in his private clinic on Kildare Street and is also employed on a helpline service.