How do I make an appointment?
You can contact me by phone 087 6307139 or email me to make an appointment. I can answer any query you may have.
How many counselling sessions will I need?
This varies depending on each individuals circumstances. Some people come for brief therapy and others stay longer term. This will depend on the difficulties you are experiencing and your needs from counselling. I would normally suggest starting off that you commit to coming for 6 sessions and we will review your requirements at that point.
How long are the sessions and how often will we meet?
Each session lasts for approx 50 minutes, and we would usually meet at the same time each week. Session times are agreed in advance, and there are both morning, afternoon and evening times available.
Where do they take place?
All sessions take place in a professional, comfortable and private consultation room at locations in Templeogue/Knocklyon and Clondalkin. Location is dependent on convenience for the client and availability of the space at a suitable time.
What therapies do I use?
Therapy is about talking things through in a place where you are cared for and respected. My aim is to be build a relationship of trust, understanding and acceptance. As an integrative counsellor, I bring a humanistic approach. I do not believe there is a 'one size fits all' approach to therapy because people have personal preferences and specific needs. I am also a CBT practitioner incorporating Mindfulness into my therapeutic space.
My aim is to understand your problems, help increase your self awareness so you can connect with, and use, your own strengths and inner resources.
Do I need to be referred from my GP?
You do not need to be referred from your GP. You can make an appointment with me directly. GP’s often will refer patients through for counselling however this is not a requirement.
Is what I tell you confidential?
Confidentially is a core element of counselling. You will be able to trust that the information you bring to the counselling room will remain in the room.
There are some exceptions to the confidentiality rule. These are:
If there is a serious risk that you or another person may be harmed.
If you disclose that a child may be at risk.
In our first session I will go through confidentiality with you and answer any questions you may have.
Is the therapist professionally trained?
Yes, I have a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University. I am a Fully Accredited Member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
I am also a CBT practitioner and a trained Mindfulness specialist in the therapeutic space.
What is the cost of the session?
The session cost is €70. (€50 initial assessment/intake session lasting 40 mins approx). Payment is made at the end of each session. I have also student/low cost options available dependent on circumstances.
Some health insurance companies now cover a proportion of the cost of counselling sessions. I am a listed member of Laya Healthcare insurance and as I am an accredited member of IACP, Irish Life Health also covers a proportion of the cost. Depending on your plan the VHI also covers a proportion of the cost of the counselling session.
Receipts can be issued weekly or at the end of the sessions on request.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
Sometimes it may happen that you need to cancel or reschedule a session. This is not a problem.
However cancellations of less than 24 hours notice may incur a charge.
Would counselling and psychotherapy be helpful for me?
Counselling and therapy can be helpful for anyone who would like to gain a deeper understanding of themselves or a particular issue. It is in no way exclusive, but it is my belief that counselling and therapy is at its most useful when there is a trusting relationship between client and therapist. For that reason, it is important to find the kind of counselling, and the counsellor, that feels right for you. So please feel free to ask the questions you need to ask.
How is counselling different from getting advice from a friend?
You may have decided that whatever is troubling you is not something which you can resolve on your own - family and friends can sometimes help, but there are situations when discussing your problems with someone impartial is particularly beneficial.
Counselling and psychotherapy is not about giving advice, it is about helping you to find your own answers. You are considered the expert on you, which can take a bit of getting used to at first, but this is what makes the therapeutic relationship different from other
What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
The term counselling is usually used to describe a shorter term process that can provide support during a difficult period.
The term psychotherapy is usually used to describe a process that is more in depth, and that might take place over a longer period.
The processes of counselling and psychotherapy often overlap, or occur together. Counselling and psychotherapy can be both a supportive, ‘holding’ environment, and a more in depth and explorative process.
What is CBT for Weightloss and how much does it cost?
I am a Licensed practitioner for the Mind over Body Weight Management programme.
For more information please see my page "CBT for Weightloss".
Below, I have compiled a list of the most frequent questions that clients or potential clients ask about my services and approach. It is normal and encouraged for clients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a psychologist. Here are some answers to the questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch.