FAQ's about counselling and Psychotherapy with Sandymount Psychotherapy

You probably have lots of questions about starting counselling or psychotherapy.  I know it can be difficult to make the first phone call not knowing what to expect, or even knowing what questions to ask.  So below are some common questions clients ask. Feel free to call on 085 2313476 with any questions you have. 

·       What kind of people do you work with?

Most clients are intelligent, successful people who are struggling in an area of their life (relationship issues, body issues, life changes, depression, anxiety) and really want to find lasting change. I work with women, men, children, and teens of all faith traditions from age 10-70+

·       When do you meet with clients?

Day time and evening appointments are available. My goal is to find a time that is a good fit for you and schedule that as your regular time. This way you can easily plan for your weekly appointment. Evening appointments go quickly, so call to see if I can accommodate your preferred time. If I cannot initially, I will make every effort to move you into a slot that is a better fit as soon as one opens up. 

·       How often do you see clients?

Usually, to start, I see people on a weekly basis. Most people are pretty fed-up and frustrated by the time they come for counselling and psychotherapy. Having weekly sessions at the beginning allows us to create some momentum for change and get you feeling better faster! We reevaluate this schedule and as you start to feel relief, and reach your goals. 

·       How long does therapy last?

Therapy appointments last 50 minutes, sometimes I may recommend that you come twice weekly and these sessions are shorter, lasting approximately 25 minuted.  Each person and situation is different. I see most clients anywhere from 8-20 sessions, but how long we meet is always up to you. Specific timetables differ based on the size of the change you are looking for, how deep the hurt goes, your commitment to change, and the complexity of the issue. 

·       What payment methods do you accept?

You can pay by cash or check, I do not have credit card facilities. 

·       HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?    

       The fee is 120 euros per session. This is an investment by you in yourself and it takes a commitment of time and                  energy. In some cases we may agree to two or more shorter sessions per week, if we both deem it beneficial, the fee in          this case will be 60 euros per session.

·       How do I schedule my first appointment?

If   you have decided that I may be the right person to help you reach your goal, scheduling your first appointment is easy. You can give me a call on 0852313476 to schedule your first session. Be sure to leave a message if I am with a client, and I will call you back promptly, usually within 1 business days.

·       What if I am not sure about counselling or psychotherapy?

Going to counselling or psychotherapy the first time (or returning to counselling) can be scary. You may not know what to expect, you may fear being labeled as "crazy". I will do my best to walk you through the process and answer any questions that you have. I see counselling & psychotherapy as a service to you. If your needs are not being met, I am very open to making changes to ensure that you are getting what you want and need. If that means connecting you with another therapist, making a change to the way we are working, or even making a plan for a break from counselling, we can do that. You should come to counselling (and stay there) because of free choice and a genuine desire to make changes in your life.  Your first session is really an evaluation session that allows us to get to know one another. You are under no obligation to continue with counselling if it doesn't feel like a good fit for you.

·       How Do you Work?

As a psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, with training in Cognitive Behavoural Therapy, I tailor our work to meet your specific needs. I am trained in many different ways of helping people. Once we have clearly identified what the problem is and what you would like to see change in your life, we will discuss options for change. Research has shown that having a good fit between the therapist and client is more important than the specific tools that we use. So we will work to develop trust in the relationship and make sure that you feel comfortable with whatever tool is being used.

Call 085 2313476  today to schedule your free 15 minute free phone consultation. 

 

·       What Will Happen If I Come To Counselling & Psychotherapy?

Here is a short summary of what you can expect from start to finish in therapy with me.

You pick up the phone...

You call me at 085 2313476 to find out more about how I can help. You provide me with a brief overview of what the problem is, I answer any questions, and share how I can help. From our talk you get a brief idea of my personality and how I work. We discuss fees, and your schedule. At that point, we will provide you the opportunity to make an appointment.

You decide to make an appointment...

We make an appointment time and ask for a private email address. I provide you with an email confirming your appointment time and date, and 3 forms for you to read and where appropriate fill in. These include a consent form and a personal history form. 

When you arrive...

I show you the room where I do counselling & Psychotherapy. The room is private, simple, and comfortable.

We start the session....

We introduce ourself, talk about the limits of confidentiality, and review briefly office policies. We discuss any questions you may have about the process.

It's all about you...

I will then invite you to let me know more about the problem, how it is affecting your life, and what you would like to change. I will ask for clarification and ask additional questions to make sure we have a good idea of the issue. Depending on the complexity of the issue, it may take us more than one session to fully explore the issue.

Planning...

In the middle or towards the end of the session we will switch gears and talk about how we can help now that we more fully understand your problem. We will discuss some options and decide whether to schedule ongoing sessions together. If this is not the right fit, or the right time, we will discuss some resources that may be of help to you or we will provide a referral to someone who is a better fit.

Meetings...

You will find that I am present and available during our times together. We will work towards the brief outline that we made together, consistently checking in to make sure we are on the right track. We talk about concerns, questions, or confusion that you have openly without any worry of judgment.

It is a good fit, your working hard, and you notice a change!

You start feeling better and finding relief. We start to talk about how much longer therapy will last, so we can start preparing for the end of therapy. We put safeguards in place to make sure you never get down to the point you were when you came into therapy. You will determine what was most helpful, and what can apply to other areas of your life.

Saying goodbye...

When you have met your goals, and have a plan to stay healthy in the future, we say goodbye. We discuss reasons why you might come back (for instance if you were to lose a spouse unexpectedly), any final questions you may have, and say goodbye for now, or forever.

Now this is a very brief overview and does not take into account hiccups or bumps along the way. Whatever the issue that comes up, we can discuss how this impacts therapy. Examples of unexpected bumps might be, "I got transferred at work," "I lost my job," "I am just not ready right now, I want to wait for the right time."

If this process sounds like what you are needing, give my office a call at 085 2313476 or fill in the contact form below to send me a message. While e-mail is an easy way to communicate, it is not completely secure. Use e-mail according to your comfort level, but phone calls are always available for improved privacy.

·       How Do I Schedule My First Appointment?

If you have decided that I may be the right person to help you reach your goal, scheduling your first appointment is easy. You can give me a call at 085 2313476 to schedule your first session. Be sure to leave a message if I am with a client, and I will call you back promptly, usually within 1 business day.

 

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DO YOU FEEL READY FOR CHANGE AND WANT TO WORK WITH ME?

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