Counselling FAQs

How much does it cost?

Bernard offers  €60 for subsequent sessions. Costs are per hour.

What issues can counselling help me with?

Counselling can help deal with a wide range of issues including :

Bereavement, Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Panic Attacks, Feelings of being overwhelmed, Redundancy/Work related issues, Relationship problems/Separations, Family problems, Feelings of Loneliness, Addictions, Low mood, Self Confidence/Self Esteem, Suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Is counselling confidential?

Counselling only works if it is based upon a foundation of confidentiality. Your privacy is respected at all times. Bernard works within the ethical guidelines of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy which are discussed with all clients during the initial consultation.

What happens at the first appointment?

The initial consultation offers you the opportunity to outline the main issue or issues that are causing you problems and how you are feeling. You can also talk about what your expectations are of counselling and what you hope to achieve.  Bernard will provide an explanation of his style of counselling and how the counselling process works. There will also be an opportunity to discuss other aspects around the counselling contract such as confidentiality, duration of appointments, fees etc.

How long will I be in counselling?

This should be as long as you feel you are benefitting from the process. A minimum term of 6 sessions might initially be agreed, that’s one and a half months. More generally a standard term would typically be between 8 – 20 sessions.

It is entirely possible therapy could stretch further than 20 sessions but never without full awareness and agreement. A longer term is not an indication of ill health. Counselling is a process that can affect many areas of one’s life experience. Many clients find the process of counselling very enriching and it is not necessary for you to have suffered any particular problems to benefit from attending counselling. How much time one decides to spend in counselling discussing any particular issue or topic is entirely voluntary.

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