What is counselling?What Is Counselling / Psychotherapy?

Counselling / Psychotherapy is for any person who is experiencing a difficult period in their life. Usually the person is unhappy with a certain aspect of their life due to either external or internal issues, therapy provides the space for these problems to be explored. The psychotherapist / counsellor is there to assist by providing an empathic, confidential & non-judgemental environment where the client can discuss their problems openly. The skilled therapist can help explore solutions and provide support for the client.

What Is The Difference Between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

These two terms are very often interchangeable. However, counselling tends to deal with issues happening in an individual’s life at the moment, while psychotherapy tends to deal with more in depth issues which usually originated in the past. For example, a person may come for counselling for a relationship break up, yet through exploration they may find that there is a familiar pattern to the romantic partners they find themselves attracted to and the kinds of relationships they find themselves in.

How Much Does A Session Cost?

Sessions cost €60. Further information regarding sessions can be found on the Session Information page.

How Many Sessions Will I Need To Attend For?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Each individual differs. Some people find after a small number of sessions that therapy has helped with the current issue they needed assistance with. Other people find they gain a better understanding of themselves and that their lives are greatly enhanced by exploring issues in more depth and attend for longer periods of time. The final decision of when therapy ends is always the client’s.

Is There Something “Wrong” With Me Because I Need Counselling?

Absolutely not. People from all backgrounds and all ages come for counselling for various reasons and varying lengths of time. You will find through therapy that you are not a problem person, just a person who at this particular time has a particular problem. Psychotherapy is not about pathologising and diagnosing.

Is Counselling Confidential?

Generally speaking, yes it is. However, being bound by the Irish Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy’s (IACP) Code of Ethics & Practice under article 1.2.4

Break confidentiality only where required by law, or where there are grounds for believing that clients will cause physical harm to themselves or others.  Where feasible, practitioners shall endeavour to obtain the client’s consent…

And the Children’s First Act, where a child’s safety will take precedence. If you have any questions around this area please feel free to ask. The issue of confidentiality will be discussed in the initial intake session.

What Can I Expect From My First Counselling Session?

In the first counselling session, some basic details will be taken, name, address, etc. The counselling process and relationship will then be explained, as will the issue of what is and is not covered under confidentiality, as per above. A printed copy of this information will be given to you, and you can ask any questions you may have at any time. This information is taken as quickly as possible so the session can begin in earnest.