Student Guidance and Well-Being


Career Guidance

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.

Physical Well-being

We actively encourage our students to look after their physical health. Ashfield College offers special gym membership rates for our students, with FlyeFit, less than 500m from the building.

Our students can avail of spin classes and circuit training, before and after school. We believe this helps with focus and managing stress, especially close to exam time.

Along with a range of fitness classes, full induction training on all the equipment is provided by qualified FlyeFit instructors.

Gym & Fitness
Ashfield Gym

 Public Talks

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

A Renowned Psychologist and parenting expert hosts public talks through the year aimed at helping parents to understand the teenage mind and how to help your teenager succeed in life.


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.



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.


davidcareyDavid Carey RIP


David J. Carey was director of psychology at the City Colleges Group (incorporating Ashfield College) and the dean of the College of Progressive Education until his passing in April 2018. He was one of Ireland’s best known psychologists with more than 25 years’ experience in both clinical and educational settings. He was perhaps better known to the general public as the resident child psychologist on the Sean Moncrieff Show on Newstalk.

David 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. For many years David worked in both out-patient and in-patient mental health services and founded a forensic practice with a consultant psychiatrist where they engaged in forensic assessments, hypnosis and psychotherapy.


In everything he did, David made a difference and had a positive influence on the lives of countless students, clients and friends. He cared deeply about student and child welfare issues, and his enduring passion was the College of Progressive Education’s outreach programme in Kenya with Amicus College, Nairobi. This not-for-profit programme upskills African teachers involved in the education of children with special needs. David was talking about, and dreaming up ways to advance this project up until his last days. This project will now be named in his honour.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.