To help you decide if you would like to work together, I’ve included some answers to the most common questions people have when considering therapy with me.
What is your cost per session?
Individual Face to Face – 50 minute session costs €65
Individual Online session over Zoom platform – 50 minutes €65
We will meet at the same time each week and your session will last one hour. The full fee applies if you cancel a session with less than 48 hours notice or if you don’t arrive for your session. In order to retain your weekly slot you must be available to attend at least five out of every six sessions (excluding annual holidays).
Payment is by cash or via Paypal. If you have private health insurance it is worth checking with your provider if you are entitled to claim any money back on your policy.
Sometime during your first couple of sessions I will go through a registration form with you that will include your contact details and information about the confidentiality of your sessions. I will give you a copy of this form to keep.
Therapy’s an added cost. Is it worth it?
Therapy is a financial commitment. It’s an investment in yourself and your ability to become aware of self-sabotaging patterns and more capable of practicing new, more effective thoughts and behaviours. This – this ability to think and behave more effectively – can profoundly and positively impact your future relationships, your work, your health, and even your finances.
If I go to therapy, there must be something wrong with me?
Making the decision to seek out therapy isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a wise act of self-care to reach out for support from professionals when there’s a challenge you need help with. You’d reach out to a doctor for help setting your broken bone or a dentist if you have a tooth ache. When it comes to your mental and emotional health it’s no different. Reaching out for professional support is an act of self-care to address the challenges you’re facing.
I only want to come into therapy every other week. Is that something you do?
While I can appreciate the urge and desire to come to therapy every other week, I only see clients on a weekly basis. Psychotherapy works best within the context of a trusting and caring relationship and, in my experience, it takes weekly sessions to create a strong, and effective-enough container that allows for us to deepen the work and for you to experience the change you desire. Working on an every other week basis simply doesn’t allow the work and change to deepen or happen as quickly and as effectively.
How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship between therapist and client and because of this I believe the best way to determine if a psychotherapist is right for you is to book online and simply meet with her or him and to trust your instincts when you are with them. Ask yourself: “Can I see myself feeling safe and comfortable with this person? Does it seem like they *get* me ?”
How do you work as a therapist?
As your therapist, I work to create a safe and really special environment where, for 50 minutes each week, the world can slow down and together we can compassionately explore, understand, and transform behaviours, thoughts, and patterns that may be holding you back from ultimately living the life you want to live. My style as a therapist is warm and challenging, direct and engaging, and I’m relationally-oriented. What that means is that I truly believe that it is through our early relationships that certain patterns get established and certain wounds created; and it is only then through relationship that these patterns and woundings can shift and be healed. When we work together as therapist and client, it’s actually the relationship between us that becomes the therapy in addition to the all of the ways we explore, address and clarify the content you bring into the room.
How long is a therapy session?
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. Occasionally, and as my schedule permits, my clients will book a double session of 100 minutes if they are experiencing a crisis or acute stress in their lives that week.
What can I expect from our first session?
Our first in-person meeting is what’s known as an intake session. It’s different from a traditional therapy session because this will be a time for me to gather your case history, and together we’ll talk about why you have decided to pursue therapy and what your goals are for our time together. It’s also an opportunity for you to get to know me, to ask me any questions you may have, and to see how you feel in my office and with me. At the end of the session, we can decide together if it feels right to move forward in scheduling another session and beginning the rest of the therapeutic journey.
How long does therapy last? How will I know when I’m done?
The duration of therapy looks different for everyone. For some, six months following an acute stressor (such as a breakup or loss of a loved one) is adequate. For others looking to change deeply rooted patterns and belief systems, the process may take longer. On average, I see my clients for minimum 12 months. You can trust that you and I will keep checking in throughout our work together to determine if it feels appropriate and timely to end therapy.
Is online counselling safe?
Yes, as much as it possibly can be. I conduct online video counselling on a secure, password laptop here in my therapy room. I also insist that my clients take their online video sessions in a closed, private room to ensure privacy.
How does online video counselling work?
At the start of your scheduled session time, I will dial you via the video conferencing software. When you accept my call, a window will pop up with my face, you will see and hear me, I will see and hear you, and then you can then begin your 50-minute session as you would if you were sitting here in my office. At the end of the 50-minutes, I will end the video call and you will both be disconnected from the video conferencing software.
I live in USA. Can you do online video counselling with me?
As much as I would love to be able to work with you, I am licensed to practice therapy (whether this is in-person or online) in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), UK and EU only. So what that means is that I can only work with residents in Ireland, UK and Europe only.