Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment that centres around specific issues and behaviour patterns. Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer time and draws from insight into emotional problems and difficulties.
What will happen at our first meeting?
We will discuss what brought you to see me and how we might work together. We will establish a contract, detailing the responsibilities of the therapist and the client, the limitations of confidentiality and the cancellation policy.
How long will we meet for and how much will it cost?
We will meet for 60 mins, usually for once week. We will also agree a fee-my fee is €75.
I offer 10% of my practice to low cost counselling. This is €50. Those who qualify for low-cost counselling are unemployed people, students and people on low income.
What do we do in counselling and psychotherapy?
Together, we build a therapeutic relationship that can help you make sense of your experiences, gain an understanding of what is happening in your life and find new and better ways of coping.
Counselling and psychotherapy can be a challenging process, getting in touch with feelings, memories or experiences that may have been difficult. With my support, skill and training, I can help you integrate the past into the present and this will lead to a fuller life.
I use many different approaches in my therapeutic practice and often employ creative media. On occasion, we stay in the present and work on short term goals; we may also visit the past and consider how it has relevance to the present.
How long will I need to come?
Both short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy is available to clients. The decision regarding the length of counselling or psychotherapy is made together and will be based on need.