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ONLINE COUNSELLING

With your health and safety, as well as our community in mind, I will be providing online support for all upcoming appointments; unfortunately in person sessions will not be available until further notice. In the meantime, I am here to support you and conduct your sessions virtually, by using GDPR compliant health platform.

As many of us adjust to new routines in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, closed restaurants and gyms, children home from school, and working remotely, we are fortunate that technology can help us to continue to care for our mental health and well-being. Now, more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves and those around us.  My highest priority is to be a support to you as we navigate the effects of COVID-19 together.  Please know that I am here for you during this time. 

Online support is an especially good option if:

  • You are experiencing understandable anxiety and stress due to the current pandemic

  • You need convenient access to expanded evening and weekend hours for counseling sessions

  • You live in a rural part of Ireland where counseling services are limited or unavailable

  • You are observing social-distancing guidelines

  • You need flexibility to manage your schedule

  • You experience anxiety leaving your home for sessions

  • You experience physical disabilities that limit your ability to travel

 

Before the first session

I ask you to contact me via phone, email or filling out my online enquiry form. I will than contact you to organize our first online session.

What happens on the first session?

Your first consultation is typically 50 minutes in length. The first part of the meeting will focus on understanding your goals and values. I will then spend time assessing relevant background information.

In the final part of the meeting, I offer you options based on your goals. Your recommendations will include a variety of options, including continuing with online counseling, trying out strategies on your own, or pursuing other support or resources in-person.

PLEASE NOTE that online sessions are not recommended if you have limited access to a wireless connection, or are unable to find secure, private places to talk either at home or at work. It’s important to have both access to secure internet connection and the ability to find a private space to talk.

Therapy Session

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

Sometimes in life we face difficulties that might be hard to deal with on our own.  

In these cases talking is important. 

If you feel you rather share your problems with someone you don`t know, then counseling might be something you should consider. It can help you explore your emotions and examine the underlying issues that influence them.

  

What happens before the first session? 

Before meeting in person we have a phone conversation or email exchange. During this conversation we agree on our first appointment and you can briefly explain the reason you contacted me. 

On the first session … 

When thinking about therapy many people pictures what is often shown in the movies: client lying down on a big sofa talking about his or her problems while the therapist is listening and taking notes. This is also one type of therapy but not exactly what happens most of the time. 

 

I usually start the first session off by greeting the new client, asking general questions and go through some “housekeeping” including confidentiality. I will than ask questions about your present concerns and struggles, as well as your history and background including childhood, education and relationships. Also you might find yourself talking about your interests and strengths.  

After getting a better understanding of you, we will talk about our plan moving forward. This discussion usually involves setting goals for our work together.  

Most importantly, in this first session, you will begin making a connection with your therapist. You should feel safe, accepted, respected, and relatively comfortable. Not all therapists are right for every person, so please also use our first session to assess whether choosing me feels like a good match for your personality.

If you have any questions please don't hasitate to contact me.

 
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COUNSELLING FOR CHILDREN

Bringing a child to therapy is a big decision for most parents. Sometimes parents just need a little help understanding developmental issues, other times complicated family problems need untangling.  Children up until age of 12 don’t have the language skills needed to express their feelings therefore play therapy can be particularly beneficial for them to learn how to express themselves, to learn coping skills, gain confidence and navigate school, peer and family situations.

                       

What happens before the first session?

Before meeting in person we have a phone conversation or email exchange. During this conversation we agree on our first appointment and you can briefly explain the reason you contacted me.

On the first session…

On the first session only the parents need to attend (both of them, if possible).

If the child is over 16 he or she attends as well. After going through some housekeeping (confidentiality, child protection, etc) you have an opportunity to discuss your concerns and the reason you contacted me. I gather information first and foremost from you, because you know your child best. I invite both parents to participate as much as possible. I ask questions about the development of your child, important life events, etc. I also ask your written consent to work with your child.

The next session is only with your child. After you meet with me, you might like to tell your child that they will be meeting with a therapist (whom you have met), and who likes to talk and play with children. You can tell them that therapists help children with their thoughts, feelings, and any worries or problems that they have. You can explain that there will be toys, books, games, a sand tray, and art supplies in the therapist’s office. Therapy should never be presented as some kind of punishment for something they have done wrong. Instead, I encourage you and your child to think of therapy as a chance to get support, talk, learn, have fun, feel better, and often do better in the world.

We will generally have periodic meetings to talk about your child`s progress, your observations and mine, and any continuing concerns we have.

We will go over confidentiality when we meet for the initial session, but it is important to know that your child`s sessions with me are confidential. In most cases, I do not share specifically what your child does with me, but will share the general themes related to treatment.


What happens on your child’s individual session?

In my first session with the child, I introduce them to the room and let them know what we will be doing together. I use a number of different approaches in child therapy, depending on your child’s age, needs, and life situation. I engage children in either unstructured or semi-structured play therapy. Your child is likely to do art projects, play games, play in the sand, roleplay, do movement, or make music in therapy. Parents often wonder if this is “real therapy” or if it is “really helping.” A lot of what helps and heals in therapy, with both adults and children, is the therapy relationship itself. Because children don’t naturally spend a lot of time talking about their problems, playing and having fun together helps to build a trusting and safe relationship between a therapist and child. 

Sometimes parents join their children in the room for discussion or play if I think it would be beneficial.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

 
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COUPLES THERAPY

Several factors, both internal and external to the relationship, may contribute to difficulties and stress between couples. Becoming new parent, infidelity, sexual dissatisfaction and money problems are common triggers of tension between partners. Couples counseling is a type of psychotherapy that helps those involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their interactions, identify negative communication styles, resolve conflicts and find strategies to improve the relationship. The main purpose of couples therapy is to put you and your partner in a room with a neutral mediator to help you make sense of what's going on. Couples therapy doesn’t always have to be used to repair a relationship, but could also be a proactive and positive way to end it.

What happens before the first session?

Before meeting in person we have a phone conversation or email exchange. During this conversation we agree on our first appointment and you can briefly explain the reason you contacted me.

On the first session…

I usually start the first session off by greeting you, asking general questions and go through some “housekeeping” including confidentiality. The whole process is likely similar to one-on-one therapy, which means I will likely ask about your history  and background ( also see individual counselling above).

Depending on the situation, I might also talk to you both individually for portions of the appointment, or in separate appointments altogether. 

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.