What happens in counselling?
Each session is 50 to 60 minutes in duration, during which we will check-in on where you are at with your specific needs and explore your needs from counselling. In your first session with me, we will discuss the contract length of your counselling which is usually reviewed at 8 to 10 weeks and the goals you want to achieve by the end of our time together. We will explore how you are feeling, any behaviours you want to address and the outcomes you hope for. We will also navigate your relationships with others and with yourself.
What does it cost?
Each individual session costs €65. You may pay with a credit/debit card or with cash when you come for your session.
Is counselling or psychotherapy right for me?
Due to the fact that we are all unique in this world, we all come to counselling with different needs. Sometimes, you may want to explore a long-term problem you are experiencing like feeling nervous or unmotivated. Then other times you may want some support as you go through a change in your life like stress in work or education, relationships, unemployment, conflict, a change in your usual routine, grief, abuse of some sort. It is important to me that you feel secure and empowered to get the most out of your life. I will encourage you to explore your place in the world through a compassionate lens whilst taking hold of your responsibilities in line with the life you wish to live.
Is there something wrong with me needing therapy, why can’t I just deal with things on my own?
Western societies sometimes emphasise individualism and independence. Whilst these are important aspects of our development and growth, it is also important to know that relationships can be very therapeutic and healing when they have boundaries and are supportive. We call this interdependence and it can be experienced through the therapeutic relationship with me as your counsellor. If you feel you should be able to deal with things on your own, counselling can help foster the support you currently need so that you can tackle those difficult aspects in your life. Trying to do things on our own can be a very lonely and isolating place. We will seek out the healthy and supportive relationships available to you whilst empowering you to make your own decisions.
How do you work as a therapist?
In my sessions with clients, I aim to support and listen to you and to give you space that is yours. I want you to use this in a way that helps you in your life. I work from a humanistic integrative model which means we will consider all areas of your life, not just your childhood or not just your beliefs and you will lead the way. I use a variety of theories and techniques which are all aimed at creating safety and support. I believe with these two key conditions, the change you seek can occur. Sometimes I will suggest we approach a specific issue through creativity which can be very powerful to access the subconscious and get beneath your thoughts to your feelings. Not everyone enjoys creativity and I will always respect your right to say no. We will also navigate ways that work for you, that help you to get in touch with your emotions, pain and or distress. I don't give homework but if I feel there is a piece that might be helpful to you in some way, I may share it with you. It might be a video, some research, a song, a poem or an article. Music, poetry and further learning are my passions!
Do "normal" people need counselling?
I'll answer a question with a question. What even is "normal"? I believe we are all unique, with some sharing commonalities with others and counselling is for everyone regardless of gender, age, finances, race, body shape, sexual orientation, culture, religion, education, relationship status or anything else that shapes our experiences. These are just some of the outward characteristics we use to define ourselves and others. Counselling is a non-judgmental space to share the unspeakable that you feel you can't share anywhere else.
Do you offer a free consultation?
I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation to anyone wishing to know more. To book your free consultation, request a callback today by sending me your number and a time that suits to have a confidential chat. There is no obligation to book an appointment with me after our talk and if you decide that I am not the right counsellor for you at this time, I will be able to refer you to other counsellors.
What kind of clients do you work with?
I work with all adults on an individual basis. I currently don't offer couples counselling or to children and young adults under the age of 18. I can always recommend you to services in that area. No matter what walk of life you are on, I welcome you to get in touch with me. My special interests are people struggling with work or college, anxiety, depression, stress, sexuality, isolation, life and death.
Where are you located?
I am located in Lyndhurst, Bishopstown. It is across the way from the Bishopstown Bar and Texaco Petrol Station. There is on-street parking and limited parking in front of the building. The following bus stops are within 5-minute walking distance: 208 / 219/ 239 / 236/ 237
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What if I need to cancel?
I will give you the details of my cancellation policy at your first session.