“Life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn her back on life” 

 

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

                        

How does counselling or psychotherapy work?

Counselling gives the person the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings in a supportive and confidential relationship. Often, this is the first time the person has spoken about what most deeply troubles them. Simply talking about a problem can provide relief; lending support to the description of Counselling as ‘the talking cure’. It is part of our humanity to air our troubles with a trusted confidant, to gain hope and a fresh perspective on our predicament, and to change our lives for the better.

Why do people come for counselling or psychotherapy?

There are many reasons why people come to therapy; generally they come 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 confidence with someone. Sometimes people come because they are in crisis as something unexpected has happened such as a relationship breakup or work change. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issues such as anxiety or depression. Other times they come to talk things out, to get greater clarity if they are struggling with a decision. Many seek the support of psychotherapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.  Working with a counsellor can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. 

What happens at a therapy session?

Generally, the sessions involve you and your therapist exploring what is creating difficulty for you in your life.  You choose what and how much you would like to say.  The conversations are confidential and the two of us meet in a room by ourselves. The therapist is there to support you and help you reach clarity and understanding and a way through your difficulties.  Normally sessions are one hour in length.

How much does it cost?

Fees are:

Individual - €60.00 - Individual Sessions last sixty minutes.
Couples - €90.00 - Couple sessions last ninety minutes.
Family - €90.00 – Family sessions last ninety minutes


A small number of concessionary places are available at a reduced fee for those who cannot afford the full fee. The fee is discussed and agreed when you call to make an appointment.

How often should I attend counselling?

The ideal is that you meet with your therapist once a week. This helps the continuity of the work and allows time in between the sessions to integrate and build on the material covered. If a person wants to attend more frequently for additional support, this is possible. Once therapy has finished it is possible to have planned 'check-in' or ‘support’ sessions. 

How many sessions are needed?

The period over which a person attends therapy varies and depends on what they are attending for.  It can vary from a few weeks to several months or even longer. Most people find the changes they experience in their life deepen with the length of time they spend in therapy.  However, it is always the person's choice about whether they wish to continue and how long they wish to spend in therapy. You may feel better quicker than expected or you may find you want to invest more time in exploring issues that are important to you. This is something that is considered and discussed with the therapist. A minimum of eight sessions is recommended.

How to begin?

The first stage is to get in touch with brief details of what you are looking for and, if it's comfortable, what is troubling you. If you email, I will write back and probably suggest an initial, confidential chat on the telephone. There is no charge for this initial conversation. It will be a short conversation, where we can discuss whether my practice is a good fit for your needs. In most cases, this call leads to a face to face meeting within a few days. 

What to expect in the first session?

The first session provides you with a chance to gauge if my practice is right for you. This session is an opportunity to talk through your reasons for seeking therapy. We will also explore your requirements and any concerns about the therapeutic process. This session will last sixty minutes, by the end of it you will probably have a clear idea whether to proceed with therapy. 

Cancellations

Time has been specifically reserved for your appointment. Please be advised that a cancellation period of at least 24 hours is required. This is so that people on the waiting list may be accommodated. If you fail to show up for a scheduled appointment or are unable to give 24 hours notice, a cancellation fee will be charged. Naturally, this does not apply in the case of a late cancellation due to an emergency

Will my health insurance cover the costs?

As yet counselling & psychotherapy services are not covered by the major health insurance providers in Ireland. To be certain, please check your mental health benefits or contact your insurer to verify if they cover the type of counselling you are seeking. 

Are you qualified?

I am a professionally qualified psychotherapist trained to work with adults, adolescents and children. During my five year training, I worked in charitable institutions where I gained extensive experience with a wide variety of people.
I am also due to complete a BSc Psychology in 2012. Since then, I have worked in private practice and abide by best practice standards; my work is supervised and insured. I am an accredited member of the IACP, the BACP and the UKRCP,  and a member of PSI and BPS.

How do I choose a therapist?

It is crucial to work with a therapist you are comfortable with and who seems trustworthy and professional to you. It is worth visiting, or at least having telephone conversations with, a few therapists before deciding which one to hire. You can find a list of qualified and conveniently located counsellors and psychotherapists via the IACP website.

Where does therapy take place?

The office is located at 28 MacCurtain St, Cork.

What are the office hours?

I try to accommodate your schedule by offering some evening hours and weekend hours in addition to normal business hours. Sessions are by appointment only. 

Is parking available?

There is disc parking & a number of private & public car parks available near the building.

Is there disabled access?

Not at this time.

Do I have to be referred by my G.P or Psychiatrist?

No, not necessarily but your G.P or Psychiatrist may refer you onto a Psychotherapist when they feel you would benefit from it. On the other hand you do not have to be attending a G.P or Psychiatrist when you decide to begin therapy as a Psychotherapist can usually be contacted directly for an appointment.   

What do I talk about in a psychotherapy session?

The simple answer is you can talk about anything you like. The session is your designated time. You are not going to be forced into talking about something you do not want to talk about or are not ready to talk about. You can talk about the past, present, or the future.

Does Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis focus on talking about the past?

No. People can talk about anything they want in a therapy session as the specific time is their time. Therapy of course involves talking about the past but it is not the sole focus of the sessions. People can talk about anything at any time within their lives.

What kind of conditions or illnesses can Psychotherapy help?

A person does not have to have a mental illness or specific problem to attend psychotherapy. However therapy can be very useful in the treatment of those who suffer with depression, anxiety, or phobias for example. Psychotherapists also work with people who have moderate to severe mental illness such as bi polar disorder and schizophrenia. Often people with more serious conditions attend a psychiatrist also.

What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?

This is a tricky one, in the sense that the two terms are often used interchangeably.  From my perspective, I tend to distinguish between counselling as being a focused effort towards a specific, short-term issue, and therapy as involving a broader approach to the individual’s “self.”  We do much more counselling than therapy.

What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Psychiatry?

Very simply Psychiatrists are specialised medical doctors in the area of mental health and psychiatric illness. Practitioners of Psychiatry possess a medical degree and specialise in the diagnosis of mental illness and prescription of psychiatric medication such as anti depressants. They follow the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and generally treat moderate to severe mental illness. Psychotherapists do not prescribe medication unless they are medical doctors. They do however often liaise with G.P’s and Psychiatrists. What Psychotherapists specialise in is listening and enabling the client to talk as freely and as openly as possible about any issues or questions they may have. Psychotherapists do not diagnose people. 

Still have unanswered questions about therapy?

I welcome enquiries, do drop me a line. I will do my best to write back to you by the next day