Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. While it is helpful to have a referral from your GP, or from a Psychiatrist, you are welcome to self refer. A significant number of referrals are from people who used the service and recommended it to friends, family and colleagues.
How much does therapy cost?
The cost per session is eighty euro. A forty eight hour cancellation policy applies.
How long is a therapy session?
Sessions last for one hour.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of therapy sessions is usually between five and twenty sessions, depending on presenting issues and severity of presenting problems.
The following are books that I have read and recommended to clients, who have found them useful
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is an advanced type of counselling and psychotherapy that offers powerful and practical ways to solve psychological problems such as depression, anxiety disorders and self esteem issues by working on them in partnership with the therapist.
The essence of CBT is that how you feel is greatly affected by how you think, ‘cognitive’ meaning ‘the way you think’ (see home page). For example two people can go through the same event, such as the break-up of a relationship, but feel differently about it because they think differently about it. By focussing on how you think (your beliefs), CBT quickly identifies the cause of psychological problems and can help you make changes that bring lasting benefit.
CBT is recommended by the HSE and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE Guidelines) in the UK. Based on scientific principles and research, it is the first line treatment for a wide variety of psychological disorders including anxiety and depression.
You may have sought CBT yourself, been recommended it by your GP, or been referred to me by your consultant psychiatrist, employer or insurance company. Whichever route you have taken, I am committed to providing you with the very highest standard of clinical care in a comfortable relaxed environment. I am passionate about positive mental health.
Time Magazine (20/01/03) has stated that Cognitive Therapy is "quick, practical, goal oriented." It involves three primary activities: a) Education, b) Skill Building, and c) Problem Solving. During treatment, the client actively applies strategies learned to the problems which brought them to therapy. If indicated, Cognitive Therapy is also compatible with the use of prescribed medication.