Frequently Asked Questions
Who am I? What are my qualifications?
I have a Masters in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Clinical). I have worked as a therapist since 2010. I strictly adhere to the standards and ethics of my accrediting board, the IACP, The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
How does Counselling and Psychotherapy Work?
Therapy gives you an opportunity to explore what you are experiencing in a supportive and confidential relationship. Often, this is the first time the you may has spoken about what has happened or to begin to put words on it. This is often the most difficult step, but can be the most healing.
Psychotherapy is an exploration at greater depth bringing insights from the conscious to the conscious. This can provide the opportunity for greater understanding and self -acceptance, leading to better choices in the future.
Why do people come for counselling /psychotherapy?
People come from many different reasons but generally it is because something is not working in their lives. They may feel stuck or feel that they can’t go on and wish to talk in confidential with someone.
Sometimes people come because they are in crisis as something has happened that has turned life upside down.
Others come to gain clarity in their decision making. People come to gain better understanding of themselves and what is happening in their lives.
What happens at the therapy session?
The initial consultation explore what you want to work on. A contract is agreed between both of us about times, fees, confidentiality and any questions you may have. The session are normally 50 minutes in length.
The fee is negotiable and can be discussed by phone call or during the meeting.
How often do you need to come?
Weekly sessions are advised. This helps with the continuity of the therapy and allows time between the sessions to integrate and build on the material covered. At the initial consultation I usually ask for a commitment of 6 weeks. However, it is always your choice how long you wish to spend in therapy. Therapy can continue for a few weeks to a few months or even longer.
Will this help me?
In a word YES. If you want to find a deeper and clearer understanding of your experiences and struggles, talk therapy is for you.