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Frequently asked questions about counselling and psychotherapy


How long does a session last?

Each session lasts 50 minutes. Please do not arrive early for your session as I might be with another client and be unable to answer the door for you. If you are going to be late please let me know on 0862525132. However, please be aware that if another client is scheduled after you I may not be able to give you the full 50 minutes.

How much does a session cost?

The cost per session is €60 and is payable at the end of the session. I keep some low cost places available for people who might not be able to afford the full cost. Please let me know before our first session if cost is an issue and I will try to facilitate your request. Sometimes there is a short waiting list for reduced cost places.

Is counselling confidential?

In general, counselling is confidential but there are some specific circumstances where I cannot guarantee confidentiality

  • If I fear you are a danger to yourself or someone else

  • If I fear you are in danger from someone else

  • If you disclose child abuse (physical, emotional or sexual) including historical disclosures of abuse.

How many sessions will I need?

Each client is individual so this varies from one client to the next depending on what issues are bringing them to counselling. Some people will find that a short period of treatment is all that's needed while for others a longer course is necessary. However, this is something we will review regularly throughout the work. You are, of course, always free to terminate therapy at any time if you wish to.

What is the cancellation policy?

I ask that you give at least 24 hours notice if you are cancelling a session. Late cancellations are charged at full price unless the session can be rescheduled within that working week. In the unlikely event that I have to cancel a session I will let you know as soon as I can and I will offer you another session as soon as possible.

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

The two words are often used interchangeably but there is a difference. Counselling  typically relates to current issues or difficulties and works with the here and now. Psychotherapy deals more with the past and with old patterns of behaviours as well as their source. It is deeper work and usually is of a longer duration. In practice the work can involve both counselling and psychotherapy as current difficulties often have their roots in past events.

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