Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens in the first session / consultation?

Taking the first step in contacting a counsellor / therapist for an appointment is a big step. Once you have made it to your appointment you will be given an introduction to the process involved. Your therapist has undergone a professional training course in a third level institution and is fully trained in client assessment. They will be able to suggest to you what they believe is the right course of action for you to undertake. This will sometimes mean a referral back to your GP, referral to another more suitably trained / focused counsellor for your issue, or indeed that the counselling / therapy can proceed. In any instance, you will be given guidance in what is the right approach for you to consider, and decide upon. You will also be able to decide whether or not you are happy with proceeding with the therapist you have met. If you feel, that they are not suitable for you, the clinic can arrange an alternative appointment with another clinician. These processes are highly individual, and it is important that you are satisfied with your therapist, and you feel they are somebody you can work with.

How long does counselling or therapy last?

Counselling is short / medium term, and focused around specific periods of stress and crises, and lasts for as long as a client feels they need to be supported through their issues. Counselling can come to a natural end, or can progress into longer term psychotherapy. A counsellor will discuss a meaningful, minimum duration at the initial consultancy, this will be put in place in order to maximize the benefit of the counselling for the client, with their specific issue in mind. This may evolve as the counselling progresses, and will be discussed as part of the counselling process.
Psychotherapy is a longer term, uncovering and explorative process that can last for months or even years, generally it will last for the period of time a person feels is appropriate for them. When a client feels they have benefitted as much as they can from the therapy, they may end therapy, move onto another therapist, or give it a break for a period of time and return. The requirement of the client, the depth of the work, and the progress of the therapy are all determining factors in how long it will last. It is a fully autonomous process, and all time frame arrangements and choices can be mutually agreed with your therapist and will be supported by them. This will be managed in an appropriate and professional manner.
Your therapist, will periodically conduct review sessions, to check in with you, and evaluate the process and your progress.