You may have some questions about starting counselling or psychotherapy. Below are some common questions I receive and if you have any other questions you are welcome to call me.
WHAT IS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
I work from a humanistic and integrative approach with adolescents age 16+ and adults of all ages.
I have training in a number of approaches including person centred, psychodynamic, gestalt, mindfulness, existential and transpersonal therapy. I draw on these approaches as appropriate to the client. I work in private practice and as a sessional psychotherapist in Pieta with bereavement, crisis intervention and family support. I am experienced in working with a broad range of issues. Although, I am trained in many disciplines of therapy research has shown that having a good fit between the therapist and client is more important than the specific therapy type. Therefore, we will work to develop trust in the relationship and ensure that you feel comfortable with the therapy approach being used.
DO YOU SPECIALISE IN A PARTICULAR AREA?
I work with people with a very broad range issues, though I have a particular interest in working with bereavement and loss, family addiction, supporting carers of loved ones with disabilities and suicide and self harm intervention. I also have a special interest in dreamwork.
HOW LONG SHOULD I ATTEND THERAPY?
Each person and situation is different. Most clients will benefit to committing for at least 6 months of weekly therapy. The weekly therapy session lasts an hour. While you may see improvements after a few sessions, therapy is not a quick fix! Therapy is a long and lasting commitment and investment in yourself. I see clients both short-term and long-term. However everyone is unique and how long you attend depends on the nature of your struggle, how much change is required, the complexity of the issue and most of all, your commitment to that change.
IS THERAPY COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentiality is maintained in line with GDPR. This means that client records are entirely confidential, the only limitations being where there is a risk to yourself or others, as per the IAHIP and IACP code of ethics and the Children First Guidelines.
WHEN ARE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE?
I offer weekly appointments from Monday to Friday. Together we will find a time that suits you and attempt to schedule that as your regular time.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU MEET WITH CLIENTS?
It is recommended that you attend sessions on at least a weekly basis initially. Having weekly sessions creates some momentum for change and assists you in feeling better and reaching your goals. Attending irregularly dilutes the process and slows down the changes you may require. This will be reviewed at regular intervals.
WHAT IS THE FEE AND WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
The fee is €60 per hourly session or €50 for 50 minutes. I am happy to accept cash, revolut or paypal if you prefer.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Scheduling your first appointment is easy. You can give me a call on 086 1789115, or complete the email form available on this website to schedule your first session. I will usually respond on the same day.