“..the human psyche, like human bones, is strongly inclined towards self-healing. The psychotherapist’s job, like that of the orthopaedic surgeon’s, is to provide the conditions in which self-healing can best take place.” John Bowlby (1988)
Psychotherapy is sometimes known as the “talking cure”. Through talking, it aims to help you understand your feelings and how you think about yourself, others and your life.
Talking with a qualified psychotherapist can support you through difficult times and help you create change in your life. Psychotherapy can help with a wide range of emotional difficulties including: depression, bereavement, eating disorders, phobias and obsessions, self-harming behaviour, addictions, anxiety, abuse or trauma, relationship breakdown and feeling isolated and lonely.
Difficult, painful and traumatic experiences in the past can affect the way we all think and behave in the present. This can happen even if the link between past and present is not obvious. Psychotherapy provides a confidential and safe space to talk about how these experiences may be affecting you now, a space to work through your emotional distress and think about what might have caused it.
Psychotherapy is not about the psychotherapist giving advice but about the psychotherapist helping you to recognise the obstacles and challenges in your life, the changes you want to make and how you can begin to bring about those changes.
Sometimes we may find ourselves repeating patterns from the past or getting stuck in a lifestyle, relationship or a behaviour pattern which may not be helpful to us. Psychotherapy is a method of communication which aims to bring into awareness those patterns which are often unconscious, deeply set and repetitive. It can help us to make sense of how we got to where we are now and to face some of the feelings and fears we may have hidden from ourselves.
A psychotherapy or counselling session is not an everyday conversation. It is a private space where you can talk openly about yourself.
For me, psychotherapy is a collaborative process, a relationship between me and my client(s), the development of mutual trust, secure boundaries and confidentiality can provide a safe setting that can enable you to share experiences and feelings that you may not have been able to share before.
“Empathy, understanding, unconditional positive regard, congruence, genuiness, warmth, self disclosure, flexibility, concern, attention, investment, curiosity and openness” Carifo & Hess (1987), are the qualities that guide me as a therapist.
Although there is no commonly agreed distinction between counselling and psychotherapy, there is a general understanding that counselling describes a briefer treatment that tends to focus more on behaviour, specific symptoms and particular problematic situations. Counselling therefore is considered to be more solution focused and problem solving in it’s approach than is psychotherapy.
I offer both shorter term counselling and longer term psychotherapy, depending on the needs and wishes of each individual client.
As of 1st January 2020
|Sessions||(1.0 hr)||60 euros|
|Sessions||(1.0 hr)||70 euros|
|(1.5 hr)||100 euros|
I ask for 24 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise I do make a full charge for the session