frequently asked questions
For Clients Counselling
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.
How does it end?
Both counselling and psychotherapy are commitment based therapies and last over a period of time that is either expressly stated, or understood from one review session to the next. Endings will be brought up as a natural part of the therapy or as a desire of the client, and will be worked towards as a part of a healthy and satisfying conclusion. Your therapist will have a specific approach to endings, and will let you know how they manage them in line with their particular practice.
Are the counsellors qualified professionals?
Yes. Every counselling & psychotherapy practitioner at Remedy Clinic will have achieved a Bachelor of Arts Hons. or higher qualification that is recognized by one of the notable Irish Psychotherapy accrediting bodies. These bodies include the IACP, or the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and IAHIP, or the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, among others. These bodies require members to become associates and ultimately accredited by them over the duration of membership. Within this, is a requirement for continuing professional development, which ensure psychotherapists are keeping up to date with industry standards. With this in mind, you can be assured of the quality of therapists at Remedy Clinic.
I don’t have any BIG issues, can I come to psychotherapy?
If something about your life is bothering you, or becoming a concern, or even if you are simply curious to know yourself better – this is significant for you, and therefore it is worthwhile addressing with a professional counsellor or therapist. Managing emotions and thoughts and behaviors can be a daily struggle for some. The impact others have on us can be overwhelming or irritating. Family issues and relationship concerns that seem to be ongoing and are becoming a pattern that disrupts your quality of life and contentedness are items that can be worked on. Developing new awareness around why and how these routine issues occur, can aid in a fresh approach to life. Understanding our responses in certain circumstances, can setup changes in the patterns of how we relate to others, and can instigate great growth and freedom from habitual occurrences in life. If you feel that you would like to explore these issues or any others with a counsellor or therapist, please click here to arrange an appointment.
Is this all confidential?
Confidentiality is on the top tier of ethical considerations within the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. You can be assured that everything that is disclosed within the consulting space, is absolutely confidential. Your therapist will make you aware during contract stage of the details of confidentiality, and certain limits to this also.
Will my counsellor be able for my problem / issues?
Some issues can be so overwhelming and traumatic that it is incredibly difficult to talk about or tell someone. There is nothing that a professional counsellor or therapist cannot broach with you. They are trained in understanding the genesis and impact of life’s problems and also how to handle a person with care in the face of traumatic experiences. They will guide a client towards the most appropriate course of action, and this will always be with their ruling ethical principles in mind – with the best interests of the client in mind. In instances where they cannot help you, they will have the resources to point you towards the help you need. The first step is contacting a therapist, knowing that you will be helped with your problem and treated with dignity and respect and care.