How many counselling sessions will I need? There are no particular guidelines as to how many counselling sessions someone needs to attend before they find therapy beneficial as each person is unique and it can depend on the reason why someone is seeking counselling in the first place. I generally would see someone for 6 sessions before a mutual review and discussion on how to proceed.
How much does it cost? A counselling session costs €70.
What are your qualifications? I hold a Master's Degree (Honours) in Psychotherapy Studies from Sheffield University and a BSc. Degree (First Class Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Middlesex University.
Can I be sure it is confidential? Counselling and psychotherapy is confidential within the law. This means that everything spoken about in the counselling room is private except where I may have reason to believe that the person is a serious risk to themselves or others, or if I feel that a child is in clear and present danger. In either of these cases, I would discuss my concerns with the person firstly in an effort to move the matter forward by mutual agreement. I outline all of this during the first session.
Are you affiliated with any professional counselling bodies? I am a Fully Accredited Member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and I abide by their code of ethics.
What age group of people do you work with? I meet with people of all age groups. Parental consent is required for minors under the age of 18. This would involve a parent signing a consent form before the first session granting their permission for me to provide counselling to their child.