Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer face-to-face counselling services?
No, I do not provide face-to-face counselling services - I exclusively offer online therapy.
Is online therapy as effective as face-to-face therapy?
This scientific critical review of the literature concluded that "a growing body of knowledge to date is positive in showing that online counselling can have a similar impact and is capable of replicating the facilitative conditions as face‐to‐face encounters".
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.
Ideally, I would see someone for a minimum of 6 sessions before a mutual review and discussion on the need to proceed, or not, as the case may be. Research shows that 6-to-8 counselling sessions are an optimum number for therapy to be of some benefit.
How much does it cost?
An online or telephone counselling session costs €65. Sessions are pre-paid in advance. Unfortunately, I'm unable to offer any concessions on my service fees. There is a discount if one pre-pays for a bundle of six sessions.
What are your qualifications?
I hold an Honours Master's Degree 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.
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