Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens in the sessions?

If you are considering therapy, the initial session is a consultation where you and I can get a sense of each other and see if we might be able to work together. It is an opportunity for you to tell me your story of what has brought you to therapy at this time. It can be helpful to discover what you hope to achieve by making use of therapy. You can ask me any questions you may have about my training and how I work.

2. What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling is often the preferred term for a brief intervention with an individual who presents in a crisis, usually precipitated by some specific challenging event in their life, e.g. a career disappointment, a bereavement, a medical illness. The opportunity to talk to someone in confidence can support them through the crisis and show them how they can resource themselves in the face of it.

Psychotherapy refers to a wide range of interventions and programmes that target difficulties which by their nature tend to be more complex and recurrent, e.g. anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder. These problems often reflect developmental, painful childhood experiences, which continue to exert a negative impact on relationships with self and others.

3. How many sessions will I need?

This varies from person to person and can depend on the issues which you are bringing. It can vary from a few weeks up to a few months or longer. Most people feel some benefit even after a few sessions.
It is the choice of the individual whether or not they wish to continue with the counselling process. Periodic reviews are offered to mark progress and to look at the future focus of therapy. Ending therapy is discussed and planned in advance
This can be discussed in the initial session.

4. Is counselling confidential?

Confidentiality is fundamental to the counselling relationship. I abide by the rules and regulations set out by the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists. http://www.iahip.com/
I am an accredited member of this organisation and follow their code of ethics http://www.iahip.com/ethics.htm

5. Why do people come to therapy?

People come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Often it may just be a general feeling of being unhappy; you might not even know what is wrong initially. Feelings of anger and frustration, irritability, rejection, confusion sadness can interfere with every day living. Sometimes it can be more specific, for example: - depression, worry, unable to sleep, relationship difficulties. Events like moving house, changing country, loosing your job, bereavement can all have a significant impact on us. Trying to forget about the problem, keeping busy, or just ignoring how you feel is not the answer. Dealing with it as soon as possible is advisable.

6. What is the aim of psychotherapy?

The hope is that through therapy you can become disentangled and lay claim to a greater sense of freedom and self-dignity. To rewrite a sad and tired old script and discover possibilities for a more vibrant and self-determined existence.

Counselling helps by providing a person with the time and space, not always available in other parts of their lives, to explore their feelings in relation to a particular issue. It is an enormous relief for someone to be able to talk, perhaps for the first time, about what has happened and how it has affected their life. This exploration frequently leads to healing from the suffering that those experiences have generated, fostering greater self understanding and acceptance. The release from past wounds and the development of healthy coping mechanisms for the future enables the person to achieve greater personal fulfilment.
We cannot change our past but we can change how we choose to react to and live out of that place. Through counselling we can resolve the unfinished business of the past so that it no longer has a negative affect how we live in the present.

7. How much does it cost?

Sessions last for just under the hour and cost 65 euro.

8. How often does someone attend counselling?

Normally I offer counselling on a weekly or a fortnightly basis. This is to allow you time between sessions to integrate your experience of the session. I believe the pace of counselling is vital and I do not want to rush or overwhelm clients. However, if someone needs more support I would offer extra sessions.

9. My training

My initial training was in the UK where I worked for CRUSE, this is an organisation that offers support and counselling for the bereaved. On moving to Ireland I studied at UCC where I received a Higher Diploma and then a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy. I have also attended training in Solution Focus Brief Counselling and Couple Counselling. I am accredited member of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (I.A.H.I.P.)