What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a confidential way to seek help in exploring and understanding thoughts, behaviours or circumstances that are troubling you. By working with a qualified therapist in a safe, supportive and private environment, you can take the space to examine the issues that may be affecting your life negatively. By encouraging your potential for growth psychotherapy can help alleviate symptoms, nourish confidence, assertiveness and self-esteem and ultimately lead you to achieving the clarity needed to bring about lasting and meaningful change in your life.

Who can benefit from Psychotherapy?
In short, psychotherapy can be of benefit to anyone facing life difficulties, difficulties of unknown origin, or symptoms that have disrupted their life or even made it unbearable. Counselling is for anybody and is an asset to self development and building self-esteem. It can be of great support in times of crisis or change and can be either short-term or long-term depending on the individual’s needs.

How is it structured?
As therapists we usually meet with clients on a weekly basis at an agreed time and day and in as much as possible this time will be consistent for the duration of the therapy. Sessions last 60mins. Initially we would meet for a number of exploratory sessions (usually 6) during which a decision is mutually agreed as to whether further counselling or psychotherapy is appropriate. When working with Adolescents and their families we initially meet with the adolescent and their parents together, to assess the issues presenting, with a view to structuring ongoing support as needed.

What is Play Therapy?
Play is essential for a child to develop physically, emotionally and socially and is a natural medium of self-expression. Children may experience problems with feelings or behaviors that cause disruption to their lives. During Play Therapy, the child is given the opportunity to ‘play out’ their thoughts, feelings and problems, just as, in certain types of adult therapies, an individual ‘talks out’ their difficulties. Activities a client participates in include; art, drama, sandtray, music, dance and movement, therapeutic stories and creative visualisation.
Any child can benefit from Play Therapy, however clients also present with issues such as; bereavement, loss, separation, bullying, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, aggression, sleep or eating problems.

Play Therapy appointments last 50 minutes and usually occur on a weekly basis for a block of 12 sessions. Parental review meetings occur mid therapy and near the end of the block of sessions. Sometimes it is helpful to meet more often with parents to support them with the presenting difficulty.

What is Adolescent Psychotherapy?

Teen and Young Adult Support

The journey from childhood to adolescence and indeed, onto adulthood is full of challenges. Psychotherapy and counselling can support a young person’s developmental process as they navigate their way to develop a unique and independent identity. Therapy for adolescents and young adults is relaxed and interactive, involving a mixture of talk and creativity. The process of therapy helps the young person to figure out dilemmas, make meaning of experiences, understand confusing thoughts and feelings and foster thoughtful action and choice.

Parental Support

Psychotherapy and counselling is a resource that can assist parents/care givers in providing a supportive parenting space for the adolescent during transitions. These can include preparing to leave primary school, starting secondary, moving from junior cert to the leaving cert cycle, from the structure of school life to university and the world of work. Psychotherapy and counselling support is particularly useful in providing parenting support and strategy work around promoting negotiation / accountability versus conflict / hostility. This is primarily achieved by the therapist working with the parent/caregivers to improve communication and to build better relationships between the young person and parents/care providers.

All enquiries are treated as confidential.