Why Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy is a process that facilitates living in clearer connection to individual integrity. Psychotherapy has a primary focus on the experience of the individual and as such, is primarily different from counselling which is ‘issue’ focused. Through the process of psychotherapy attention will be skillfully drawn towards personal insight, as the client addresses the experience of their presenting issues and concerns. In its method of addressing concerns it also provides the client with greater self insight. Psychotherapy has the capability and efficacy to bring about deeper awareness of inner experience, and it is from here that the most effective long term change and issue resolution takes effect. Studies have illustrated that while counselling type approaches show effective short term outcome, psychotherapy has better success outcomes in longer term follow up.
How does it take place? Psychotherapy sessions take place on a weekly basis, or more frequently if required, to provide the necessary secure ongoing containment of the process and the therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy as a depth process generally requires a long term commitment, although this is not prescriptive. When people engage in psychotherapy their ongoing commitment is often supported by the value and meaningfulness of the experiences and personal insights they are discovering from within the process.
What is my approach? Due to its nature, it is difficult to describe my psychotherapeutic approach beyond a quite a technical or perhaps ‘jagon’ sounding clinical description. I hope I can manage to minimise this. The approach I use in psychotherapy is primarily psychodynamic and Jungian. I also draw from gestalt techniques. ‘Psychodynamic’ is a term used to describe a way of attending to the experiences experienced through the client/therapist relationship and the different nuances that may emerge there. These dynamics can provide access to deeper insight that the client may find helpful and useful to explore further. The psychodynamic approach can bring attention to various relational experiences, that both therapist and client can review in the context of the clients wider experience. The term ‘Jungian’ refers to the psychology of Carl Jung and the integration of this method within the process. Jungian psychology offers a way to explore unconscious potential and symbolically expressed possibilities, as a way to deeper self understanding. Being able to observe through a Jungian lens gives greater insight into understanding beyond the familiar safe but more limited frames of conscious perceptions. The Jungian approach is also central to the sandplay process that I offer, which I describe in more detail on this site. Gestalt therapy offers a method for exploring aspects through the ‘here and now’ experience expressed primarily through noticing sensation and feeling. This can help to highlight some adaptive modes of response that the client may not be aware of. Through these methods the client can explore their concerns, purpose, place and usefulness. All of these methods, psychodynamic, Jungian and gestalt are applied in a balancing fluency with the intention of creating greater self awareness and improving access to internal mind-body communication. Psychotherapy is not a linear programme of therapy but a relational process. I hope I have managed to give some additional clarity but do feel free to contact me if you would like more information or have a specific query.
How confidential is it? The confidentiallity of the service begins from the initial phone call or email you may make. Confidentiality is, as you may be aware, a cornerstone of the psychotherapeutic process and its very effaciacy depends on this. There are however, two particular dilemmas that though extreamly rare, can present a potential conflict for the security of confidentiality. The first of these relates to any legal action that the client may be involved in. In this case it is important to state that Irish Law does not allow counsellors any right to refuse to attend court if subpoenaed. Likewise psychotherapists cannot refuse to comply with an ‘order of disclosure’ on any notes they may have. The second dilemma can arise in the case that there is an immediate or imminent threat of serious harm disclosed by the client, this will need to be addressed and worked with as a priority between client and therapist. It may through this collaboration, be decided that additional help or support is required or it may be resolved within the process. If it is the former my priority is to support the client in taking any further steps identified.
How to make an appointment? You can make an appointment for psychotherapy by contacting me directly by phone or email. You do not need a referral from a GP. It might be helpful for you to be aware however that Revenue have indicated that fees can be claimed as a medical expense against tax once there is a GP referral. It is important that you contact Revenue to clarify such possible tax relief in regard to your own circumstances.
How much does it cost? The cost of psychotherapy can vary and the reason for this is generally related to the level of skill, experience and expertise of the therapist and their professional approach. The fee I charge per session is €80.