Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need to see a Counsellor?
People see a counsellor for many reasons. You may be able to identify a specific problem that keeps you awake at night, or makes you anxious. You may not know what exactly is bothering you only that you are finding it hard to cope. You may feel like you can’t go to school, can’t meet your friends, or find it hard to understand your feelings or relationships. You might be sad, lonely, anxious, depressed. So, you see there are many reasons why you might need to talk to someone and try to work out just what is happening for you.
How might it help?
When it feels like parents or friends can’t be there for you, a counsellor can be that objective person standing back and helping you to look at the situation you are in without judging, blaming or telling you what to do.
How do I choose a Counsellor?
You could get a recommendation from someone who has been in therapy themselves. Or you could go to the website of a recognised organisation such as Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapists, (IAHIP) and select someone in your area. Alternatively, your GP may recommend someone to you. Whichever method you choose you remain in charge of whether you go to that person or not. When you do meet someone you should be comfortable working with them.
What is the difference between a Counsellor and a Psychotherapist?
Many people use the terms interchangeably but there is a difference in the service that the counsellor and the psychotherapist provides. Many of us encounter problems throughout our lives that cause us anguish or distress and could interfere with the how we live our lives. For example, an event like a death, relationship breakdown, being bullied etc., can have a huge impact on our lives and we may struggle to come to terms with the impact and how we respond to it. We may need the help of an objective professional to work through specific issues and a counsellor is invaluable at these times. A Psychotherapist can also help you with these issues and can work at a much deeper level where the issue may not be in your conscious awareness. The Psychotherapist works with the unconscious, helping you to understand why you may feel a certain way, or why you respond to a situation in a particular way. Sometimes much of our distress is buried in our past history and we need help to untangle the threads. The psychotherapist will help you to reflect and work through issues which may stem from our early life so that you get a better understanding of who you are in the world and make choices as you go through your life.
How long does each session last?
In general the sessions are between 50 minutes to one hour.
How often will I need to attend?
It could be weekly or fortnightly, whatever is appropriate at a particular time or situation.
Will I be better at the end?
Your counsellor will not promise to ‘fix’ you. What the counsellor will do is help you to understand what is going on for you and work towards finding a resolution that suits you.
What about confidentiality?
Your counsellor will discuss confidentiality with you at the first session. In general you may discuss whatever is on your mind without fear of this being disclosed to anyone without your approval. However, if the counsellor feels that you or any other person, particularly a child, is in danger they have an obligation to put your safety and the safety of others first and are required to break confidentiality.
Will my parents/guardians be there?
It is necessary, particularly in the early sessions and at times throughout your attendance, for your parents to be included in at least some of your sessions. Your parents have a lot of information about your early life that would be useful for your counsellor to be aware of so to have them at the early sessions would be important. They are most likely a big part of the solution to your issues and if this emerges in the work then it is important that they are present. Sometimes parents come to all sessions. We do ask parents to be available to join us in the sessions if we think it would be useful.
Does my school need to be involved?
In general this is a private relationship between your counsellor and yourself. However, if you feel that an intervention with the school would help, then our counsellors are happy to engage with your school.
How much does it cost?
Each individual session costs €70.00. This includes individual, parent and family sessions.
What if I cancel?
If you make an appointment and cancel, then the full fee is chargeable if we cannot rearrange a time that suits us both. This may not always be possible. There is no charge if the cancellation is made at least 72 hours prior to the appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
Our email address is:firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact Anne on 087-2380879 or Jennifer on 086-8599328.
What are your qualifications?
All of our therapists hold a MSc. in Adolescent Psychotherapy, and each holds further post grads/diplomas in psychotherapy reflective of their core training. All of our therapists are accredited with recognized accrediting bodies such as IAHIP and IACP.