“We cannot teach people anything, we can only help them discover it within themselves”

– Galileo Galilei

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in a counselling session?
We offer support to safely explore your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and beliefs in a confidential and non-judgemental space. Working with you, your counsellor will help you to find your strengths and abilities to improve the quality of your life.
When is a good time to start counselling?
Counselling can benefit us at any stage in our lives. Usually you are likely to seek out counselling when there are particular events or changes in life.
What can Counselling help me with?
You are welcome to discuss anything that is important to you in counselling. Here at Counsellingworks, you, the client, are always at the centre of your session.
Do I have to prepare anything in advance?
No. At Counsellingworks we believe in meeting our clients exactly where they are at. There is no judgement, and no need to bring anything more than what you would like to talk about. It is important to us that you feel very welcome and very safe.
Do you have online or face to face sessions?
We offer both. The need for online sessions has grown this year with everyone’s movements being restricted in corona virus lockdown. Research evidence shows that online sessions are as effective as face to face. We also offer face to face sessions (subject to and in full compliance with Government & HSE guidelines re. Covid 19).
Have a chat with your therapist beforehand to discuss what you feel might be best for you.
How do I begin?

Just contact us by email info@counsellingworks.ie. We endeavour to reply to you within 24hours. If you decide to go ahead we will refer you to a therapist who is best suited to your needs. Your therapist will get in touch and you can ask any questions you may have. Together you can set up a date and time that suits you.

What will happen during sessions?

Each session lasts 50 minutes. During your first session, the reasons why you came to counselling will be discussed. Usually some background information is also talked about and some initial goals can be set. These goals will continue to be reviewed as your sessions continue to ensure you get the most out of your time with us.

How many sessions will I need?

There is no definitive answer as each individual is different. It all depends on what you want and need. If you come with something very specific it may be a shorter time than a more complicated long term issue.

How often will I need to attend?

Consistent and regular sessions tend to yield better results: appointments can be weekly or fortnightly depending on what you feel is best for you. This can be discussed with your therapist when you meet.

Are the sessions confidential?

Counselling is confidential. We work under the code of ethics as laid out by the IACP. There are some circumstances eg. Children First Act 2015 which impact confidentiality. Your therapist will fully explain this to you when you first meet.

What happens if I want my child/minor (under 18 years) to attend counselling?

Your therapist will have a full parental session with you first. Ideally both mum and dad attend, although this may not always be possible. This session gives you the chance to freely discuss your hopes and concerns for your child and to ask any questions you may have. Most importantly, it gives you the chance to see if you believe the therapist is the right person to work with your child. Your therapist will explain the process of this specialized form of therapy.

How can I be assured of my therapist’s professionalism?

All our therapists are fully qualified and accredited with professional counselling bodies, IACP, or IAHiP. Our team continually upskill every year (CPD courses) to give you the best possible options for your therapeutic treatment.

What if I have any more questions?

Your therapist will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

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