“Perhaps I am stronger than I think”
- Thomas Merton

What is counselling?

Counselling focuses on a particular problem or difficulty that the client is having and is usually short term. Counselling usually focuses on a specific problem and the necessary steps to help address this problem. Counsellors rarely offer advice, instead they help the client to discover their own answers and support them through the actions they choose to take. It is always at the request of the client as no one can properly be sent for counselling.

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy, like counselling, is based on a healing relationship between the therapist and the client. Psychotherapy, also takes place over a series of meetings, though often it has a longer duration than counselling. Instead of narrowing in on individual problems, psychotherapy considers overall patterns, chronic issues and recurrent feelings. This requires openness to exploring the past and its impact on the present. The aim of psychotherapy is to resolve the underlying issues which fuel ongoing complaints. Psychotherapists help to resolve past experiences as part of laying the foundation for a satisfying future. A future in which you have more choice through increased awareness. It is the practice of tending to or healing the soul, body, and mind. It is not about giving instruction or advice and more about supporting the client in their exciting journey of self discovery.

What kind of issues do clients bring to the therapy sessions?

Absolutely anything that is on your mind. Counselling/Psychotherapy can be beneficial for anyone who is experiencing personal difficulties.

Is what we talk about confidential?

Everything clients discuss in the therapy room is confidential. However, there are certain ethical and legal obligations which I must adhere to. These are explained in our first meeting.

How can Counselling/Psychotherapy help me?

The benefits of Counselling/Psychotherapy are enormous to the person who wishes to engage with therapy. They will experience and see life differently, be more open and embrace life’s challenges with new vigour and strengths. Therapy offers new ways of looking at particular situations and learning to deal with them differently. Other benefits include:

  • A person can experience an increase in self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Feel in charge of their life
  • Experience better sleeping and eating patterns
  • Better communication with others
  • Impovements in their personal/professional relationships
  • Learn to live more positively and creatively
  • Learn to live more comfortably with issues that maybe cannot change

Do you think it is possible to change the way I feel?

Yes most definitely. People frequently ‘get stuck’ in the way they think and feel about an area of their lives and this is reflected in the way they behave. In therapy they become increasingly aware of how they behave and begin to understand how they have considerable more options and choices than they realised.

How long are the sessions?

In most cases a session lasts up to 60 minutes. The initial session may take a little longer as there are some administrative tasks to be completed. It has been my experience that at times people may request a longer session and this can be negotiated. I offer 90 minutes sessions to facilitate this when necessary. The fees for these sessions are higher. Longer sessions must be requested in advance and the fee will be agreed at the time of booking.

How many times will I need to come?

There is no clear answer to this question. It depends greatly on the presenting issue. After the first session and you decide you would like to continue, I usually ask for a commitment of 6 sessions after this time we review and discuss what best suits the individual.

How much do you charge?

I charge €50.00 per session. Arrangement can be made for a Low cost service where this is deemed necessary.

Things to be aware of when choosing a therapist

  1. That the therapist is qualified and has undertaking their own personal work as part of their training
  2. That they are currently attending for their own Supervision with a fully qualified Supervisor
  3. That they are currently a member of a recognised body namely I.A.H.I.P. or I.A.C.P.
  4. Check out the IAHIP website for a list of therapists in your area