Attending therapy can be an opportunity to have a non-judgmental, confidential environment where you feel supported and understood. As a psychologist, I can be your partner accompanying you on your journey of distress, crisis or transition, where we collaborative explore and tackle the issues that have led you to seek help. People can attend therapy for a range of issues, which are presenting in various levels of severity. It also an opportunity to delve into and explore problems in your life that have been reoccurring and you’ve struggled to manage despite your best efforts. You will also receive psychoeducation in relation to your difficulties and possibly how and why they are manifesting as they are.
A misconception people tend to have of therapy is that one must have a ‘major problem’ if they are to attend therapy; however, although people can indeed attend in crisis, therapy is also an option for those who feel as though they are unable to cope, regardless of how big or small they view their difficulties. The treatment plan will be developed in the context of your presenting problems, along with being adapted to meet your specific expectations and hopes for therapy. Broadly speaking, the end point we will strive to meet is allowing you to reach a place where you have greater self-awareness, a sense of empowerment and hope, with an overall happier and more fulfilling life.
Although this answer may seem infuriating, the only answer I can give is ‘how long is a piece of string!’ The length of treatment can be negotiated in our initial assessment in accordance with the level of support you require; and will be reviewed regularly as the therapy progresses.
Yes, in short you do. You have unique insight into how your problems have affected you, what’s useful, what’s not, and so on; whereas I have the training and skills set to broaden your insight and understanding. This can aid your overall recovery and management of your difficulties to establish a greater quality of life.
I have several office locations in Dublin, depending on the preference of the client. I also offer my services via online platforms too, for the ease of the client in accessing therapy, should Dublin be an inconvenient location.
Well, sometimes they can! But depending on the problems that are arising for you, friends or family members are not trained to help us heal, grow or change in the same capacity a professional is. Although we can have support systems around us that can offer us advice, for some issues this does not suffice; therefore professional help is more beneficial in these instances. Attending therapy also provides with an opportunity for struggles to be shared without an anticipation of judgement or fear of problems being exposed. Psychologists can also remain objective in a manner which is generally difficult for family members and friends. Finally, the level of training and expertise that psychologist accumulate also increase the quality and benefit that one can receive from therapy as opposed to with their usual support system.
Well for starters, it can seem like a pretty disjointed or unusual experience, entering into a room and exploring your difficulties with a stranger. This is a more superficial experience of therapy; when in actual fact it’s all about approaching the first session with the intention of being open and honest with both me and yourself! It can also induce mixed emotions for us, which is a natural experience and will fade as you continue to attend therapy and become more comfortable with the process. If by the end of the first session you do not feel as though you want to continue working with me or it is not the right time for you to engage in therapy, be strong in acknowledging this. I will provide you with an opportunity to discuss how you have found the first meeting; however I want you to attend therapy being happy to do so, as opposed to feeling too embarrassed or obliged to attend. Therefore, to try and access the most appropriate treatment for you at this time, please be true to yourself and your intuition.