Frequently Asked Questions
Why go to a counsellor?
Sometimes the impact of events from the past or present can have a substantial effect on your well being.
You may be anxious, sad, confused or angry and this can develop into prolonged feelings of overwhelming despair, hopelessness and depression. Often changes in sleeping patterns, energy levels and appetite are the first physical symptoms you may notice.
Counselling can help with many issues including panic attacks, childhood abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), bereavement, relationship issues, sexuality issues, addiction, eating disorders and family conflicts.
Whilst family and friends may be supportive, sometimes you may feel they are too busy or that you are burdening them. You may feel you can talk more freely to someone who specifically is here to support you and not involved in other aspects of your life.
We, as counsellors, provide a dedicated space for you to tell your story and take time to explore your feelings and beliefs. We have the skills and experience to support you in increasing your awareness and understanding of how you are, what you need and how you can support yourself to get these needs met.
Our aim is to support you to move towards health and well being, to feel you are an active participant in your life rather than a spectator, to engage with yourself and others in a more meaningful and fullfiling way.
Can I request a particular counsellor?
Yes, you can. We understand that you may prefer a female or male counsellor or feel that either one of us has the particular expertise you are looking for. When you ring to enquire about making an appointment you can mention if you have a preference.
What can I expect?
You can expect to be provided with a safe, confidential space dedicated to your well being. Counselling sessions are 1 hour long and most people come weekly.
You can expect to be treated with respect and compassion and for us as counsellors to be honest and hold your best interest as central.
The counselling relationship is a co-created relationship that develops between counsellor and client. You will find that your views and experiences are encouraged and heard. Counselling will go at your pace. We will listen attentively and use the skills and experience we have developed to support you in meeting your aims for therapy.
How long should I see a counsellor for?
There is no 'should' when it comes to length of counselling. The time you come for depends on you and the issues you are coming with.
Some people come for support around a specific short-term difficulty they are facing and may only wish to come for a short period, for example, 6-10 sessions.
Others come for more long term therapy and this may be for several months or longer.
In our experience, as people begin to increase their awareness of their feelings and beliefs, they are able to determine when they need to leave.
How much does counselling cost?
Our fee is €60 for a 1 hour session.
What happens in the first counselling session?
Coming to counselling for the first time or with a new counsellor can sometimes be a bit daunting so we aim to make it as easy as possible. You can be assured of a warm welcome and your counsellor will spend some time telling you about their qualifications, experience, ethical guidelines and availability. You will be encouraged to ask any questions that occur to you.
We also take some practical details such as your address, medical history, contact person.
You will have time to talk about why you have come to counselling and your counsellor will provide you with an idea of how they may work with you.
Deciding to continue to work together is a mutual decision and if you and your counsellor are happy to continue, a suitable time is determined.
If you have any questions not answered here please feel free to ring us on 087 7014335 or email us via the contact page.