• Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

    I offer both Counselling and Psychotherapy. The experiences of both these therapies are essentially the same. Counselling works best with people who are dealing with something that is happening right now in their lives that is causing difficulty. This is usually a shorter term therapy. Psychotherapy works best with people who have had difficulties for a number of years and due to the length of time a person has lived with these difficulties this would require a longer therapy. I have also had clients that initially attended for a shorter term therapy and came to a realisation that they may need or want a longer term therapy. This is something that we will discuss as it comes up.

    Counselling and Psychotherapy both examine and reflect upon your experiences and you will become consciously aware about yourself in relationship with others and also your relationship with yourself.

    Why speak with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

    Family and friends may offer support however your circumstances and difficulties may require a non-judgemental, neutral, supportive and committed space. This is something that I can offer.

    Counselling and Psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to work at your own pace, to examine your difficulties and to find the source of what you are bringing. This will be a gradual understanding of your thoughts, beliefs, behaviours and their origins. We will work together to find positive and unique ways to overcome your difficulties.

    How long will Counselling or Psychotherapy take?

    The length of time you will attend therapy will depend on many factors. The circumstances of you attending therapy and the relationship between us will be important factors in determining the length and success of the therapy. The relationship you have with your therapist is very important, and this can determine you working to your full potential and getting the most out of therapy.

    We will discuss the length of the therapy at our first meeting, we will also look at goals and aims for the therapy along with a timeframe. I usually work for 6 sessions and after this we will have a review of the work we have done together.

    The length of the therapy can alter at any point and what we agree on at the beginning of the therapy can change as time passes and more issues arise. Therapy is very individual and what suits one may not suit another. If you decide to finish therapy before you have met all your goals you will take the tools you have learnt from the therapy and apply this to your life. You can always return to therapy in the future. If at any time in the therapy that you feel unsure about your goals or you need clarification about anything ask questions.

    People may come to therapy hoping to have a solution in a short timeframe, for some this may be the case but for others it may not. It is important to come with an open mind.

    How often will I be attending therapy?

    Sessions are once weekly. This allows for a sense of continuity between you and your therapist. Therapy takes time and commitment and committing to the process will ensure that you are giving yourself every possible chance to live a fuller life.

    Is Counselling and Psychotherapy confidential?

    I am a pre Accredited member of IACP and am bound by its Code of Ethics and practices. (http://www.irish-counselling.ie/iacp-code-of-ethics). Counselling and Psychotherapy is confidential but there are circumstances that require breaking of this confidentiality. The following are the circumstances under which I would break confidentiality:

    1.     If you are of potential harm to yourself.

    2.     If you were a harm to someone else.

    3.     I am ethically bound under Children First Guidelines to report retrospective reports of abuse. If a name is provided and children are at risk I will report to the appropriate authorities. (see link below for further information)

    (http://www.dcya.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/Publications/Children_First_A4.pdf).

    In any of the above cases I will discuss with you the actions that I am obliged to take.

    How long is each session?

    Sessions are 50-60 minutes long. Punctuality for sessions is essential.

    Can I come less than once a week?

    At the beginning of therapy I would suggest that you come weekly. The relationship between client and therapist will be slower to form and your process will be slower in turn. I would suggest that you make therapy a priority and attend on a weekly basis.

    How much does it cost to attend therapy?

    It costs €60 per session and this will be paid at the end of every session. If you cancel a session I require 48 hours notice otherwise the fee will apply. If we can reschedule the appointment for the same week the fee will not apply, this will depend on my availability. Receipts can be issued on request.

    What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist and Professional Counsellor or Psychotherapist?

    A psychiatrist has undergone medical training and can prescribe medication. Some psychiatrists may use psychotherapy but most handle the management of medication. Psychologists and Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists are trained in the area of Psychotherapy, however may view the work from a different point of view. It is important when choosing your therapist to chose on the basis of rapport and connection rather than on their training alone.

    What is Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy?

    Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy considers the whole person, mind, body and spirit. This is an active exploration of the human experience. Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy can sit between both the Psychodynamic and Behavioural approaches to therapy. A psychodynamic approach examines conflicts within yourself as well as patterns you tend to repeat in your relationships. Behavioural therapies would look at your thoughts and processes specifically in order to change your behaviour and would work on these exclusively. The Humanistic Integrative approach integrates these therapies and I will integrate these as appropriate for each individual.

    What does Pre Accredited mean?

    I am Pre Accredited, this means that I have completed a Professional training course in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am actively working towards Accreditation with a professional body. For more information you can click on the link below.

    http://www.irish-counselling.ie/Pre-Accredited-Membership