Therapy is a confidential space that can help you explore and better deal with difficult issues that present themselves in your life. It helps to increase your self-awareness and personal freedom by providing you with the opportunity to better understand your behaviours, feelings, and thoughts. Therapy also gives you the chance to recognise how your childhood relationship patterns are affecting you today, and empowers you to change them to more mature and authentic ways of relating.
Although I have been primarily trained in the person-centred, cognitive-behavioural, and psychodynamic approaches, as an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist I adapt my way of working to what your needs are.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapy is a strictly confidential setting; something that we will discuss in our initial meeting. The only time when this confidentiality may have to be breached is if there are others who are in great risk of serious harm. If you are the person who is at risk, we will discuss together what is the best way forward.
How long does a session last?
Sessions are 50 minutes long. If for some reason I arrive late, we will still have a 50-minute session. If you are late we would still need to finish at the pre-established time.
What happens in the first session?
The initial session is slightly different because it consists more of an overview of your life and the reasons why you came for therapy. I will ask you for some basic information about you, your family, and your relationships so that I can start to get to know you. The first session also serves for you to get a better idea of how I work.
How often will me meet?
Usually sessions are weekly or fortnightly. However, depending on your needs, we might end up meeting more or less frequently. We will discuss this during the initial session and again as therapy progresses.
How many sessions will I need to attend?
There is no single measure for the amount of sessions that are needed as this depends on the issues you are dealing with and what you want to get out of therapy. While we can work on the immediate issues you are experiencing, it is beneficial to explore more deeply by looking at what is causing these difficulties. This takes more time than just dealing with the issues at hand, but it also has a longer-term effect and helps you become a more integrated person. However, it is in your hands to decide how deeply you want to explore your life.
Can I stop from attending therapy?
There is no form of obligation to continue to attend therapy. However, if you feel that you want to end therapy it is advisable to discuss this during a session. This makes it possible to conclude our work and clarify any misunderstandings that might have arisen. It is important to remember that the desire to stop therapy can appear precisely when the therapeutic work is about to go to a deeper level and when it starts becoming more challenging. In this case, talking about your desire to end is particularly important so as not to be hindered in your process of growth.
What is the fee for a session?
My current fee for a session is €35. The amount will be adjusted from time to time but I will always inform you a beforehand.
What methods of payment are accepted?
Payment can be effected by cash or cheque at the end of each session. Exact change would be appreciated.
Can I cancel a session?
Kindly give me at least 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a session.
If I have health insurance, can they pay for my therapy?
I am a registered psychotherapist with the Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine, so you can claim reimbursement for psychotherapy sessions with your health insurance. Please check with your insurance company about the procedure.