FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
I am now seeing a limited number of people in socially-distanced sessions in Dun Laoghaire & in Kilcoole.
I am also offering sessions by phone /Zoom/Skype (or whatever platform you prefer) .
To arrange an appointment, please text me on 0863549969.
How long is a session?
Sessions vary in length – online/ phone sessions are usually 60 minutes long.
How much do you charge?
I charge by the session & not by the hour as the length of sessions vary. I aim to provide a quality service where the sessions don’t feel rushed & for people to see results quickly & need as few sessions as possible.
At the moment my standard fees are:
€70 for an individual phone/online session
€90 for a couple counselling session & €90 for all in person- sessions ( though concessions are available).
As it it a brief solution-focused therapy that I do, most people see the progress they want within four to six sessions, though a few people need more then that (and some need less).
There is no commitment – you are welcome to come for one session and see how we get on.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies as everyone is different but most people see significant progress within four to six sessions- and these sessions can be spread out. Sessions can be every two or three weeks, or as needed. People with ongoing challenging circumstances sometimes choose to come longer for support, sometimes once a month.
When are you available?
I work by appointment only on weekdays 8.30 -4 and some weekday evenings 6-9 and sometimes Saturday mornings.
How long have you done this therapy?
I have used this therapy in my work since 2002 and have worked one-to-one with people in related fields for over thirty years.
How do I book an appointment?
Texting me on 0863549969 is best or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m confused. Is this counselling, psychotherapy or coaching?
Counselling & psychotherapy are umbrella terms & traditionally refer to lengthy processes which focus a lot on the past. This approach is usually much shorter as it starts from where you are now & focuses on where you want to be and how to help you get there. In this it is similar to coaching.
My background is in Psychology and my training is in Human Givens Therapy which is a modern form of psychotherapy. However it has a lot in common with coaching in that a course of treatment usually lasts a few weeks or months rather than years. It is a brief solution-focused therapy, goal -orientated & each session is structured.
Human Givens Therapy targets the emotional brain & uses a range of tools & techniques to help people overcome whatever is holding them back & keeping them stuck. It is evidence-based & draws heavily on the research literature, particularly in the areas of psychology & neuroscience to understand the cause of someone’s difficulties. It combines this understanding with tools drawn from the most effective psychotherapies. It is this combination of knowledge & tools taken from different but related fields that makes it so effective.
Do you give advice?
Yes -advice that is based on the evidence. There has been a huge amount of research in the area of emotional health, wellbeing & relationships. There is evidence from both psychology & neuroscience of what helps people with emotional & stress- related conditions & what makes them worse. Human Givens Therapists believe that people working in this field should be aware of that body of research evidence and using it to advise people in distress.