How do I make an appointment for counselling?

It is usual to feel hesitant or unsure about seeking therapeutic help. If you think that your problems aren’t important enough to warrant therapy, or if you feel that you being ‘self-indulgent’, I would particularly encourage you to come for an initial session to discuss your concerns. An introductory session is a chance for us to meet each other and explore whether therapy may be helpful for you.
You will be charged for this session but there is no obligation to continue. Please ring me on 086 338 3398 to make an appointment. Frequently you will get my answering machine but I will return your call. You can also text or email me your details and I will call you back. joannesm@eircom.net

What issues are covered?

People seek out therapy for a variety of reasons – they may be dealing with issues such as depression, anger, bereavement, trauma, relationship problems or family conflicts. They may suffer from eating disorders, panic attacks, insomnia, stress or anxiety. Feelings like sorrow, pain, rejection, confusion or anger may be interfering with their day-to-day lives. The range of problems that people come to talk about are as varied as the people themselves. Some people don’t know what the issue is – they may simply be unhappy – whilst others want to talk about a specific difficult situation. Clients sometimes come to talk about a particular problem, only to discover that it’s something else that is the real trouble. Relationships, loss and change are all common themes, as are anxiety and stress. Significant life changes, such as the ending of a relationship or moving home or area, can have a major impact on us. Emotional problems do not necessarily go away if we ignore them, so it makes sense to deal with them as soon as possible

What is Counselling?

Therapy/Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change and of reducing confusion. By listening attentively and patiently the Therapist can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client’s point of view.
This can help to see things from a different viewpoint and possibly allow them to be seen more clearly. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. In the weekly counselling sessions the client can explore various aspects of their life and feelings, both present and past, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief, sadness, and embarrassment can become very intense.
Therapy offers an opportunity to explore these feelings, with the possibility of making them easier to understand. The Therapist will work at providing a safe place to make this possible. The Therapist will encourage the expression of feelings and will be able to accept and reflect the client’s problems without becoming burdened by them.

How many sessions?

There is no time frame; it can be from 1 to 60 weekly sessions or more. Each individual person has their own pace and therapy allows for this. Once we have decided to work together, I will ask you to commit initially for 6 sessions at the end of which we will have a review.

What is your method of working?

The range of therapies I draw from are Gestalt, Person Centred, Mindfulness, Body Awareness, Existential and Hakomi. In addition, My training as a nurse/midwife/ acupressue shiatsu therapist enables me to view the whole human being, body, mind and spirit.

Cancellation Policy?

Life can get in the way and you may have to cancel. 48 hours notice not including the day of the session is required. If any less notice is given then the full fee is payable for the cancelled session.

Session Fees?

Fees are due at the end of every session and are paid directly to me by personal cheque or cash.

Late arrivals?

As mentioned the time agreed is your time and if you are late the session will finish at the scheduled time.

Confidentiality and Ethics?

Everything discussed in the session is totally confidential and is only between you and me. As a member of IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy) I conform to a Code of Ethics, however this Code allows me to contact others in extreme circumstances. I will discuss this with you if it applies. You can view this code at the IAHIP website, www.iahip.org

Contact with other professionals?

If necessary with your permission I may liaise with your GP or Psychiatrist to work on a treatment plan to aid in your recovery or situation.

Legal Situations?

I will not issue reports, references or be available for Legal situations in any circumstances.

Please Note

I will not carry out sessions while you may be under the influence of any intoxicants.