When you arrive for your first visit your therapist will outline his/her qualifications and explain his/her way of working.
Many clients want to speak about their issues immediately and have a lot of emotion to express at the first meeting. This is ok. Your therapist is trained to respond and accept this and will not judge you for being emotional or shedding tears, if that is what happens.
All therapy experiences are unique. Your therapist will ensure that you are heard and will work to ensure that you feel safe. The process does not follow a rigid path, but it is important for the therapist to explain his/her professional responsibilities to you and, most importantly, to try and understand your feelings.
He/she will ask you to outline the issue or issues that are causing you concern and based on this may give you a brief summary of how the therapy could progress. This can change as the therapy progresses however your therapist will explain any changes where appropriate.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND FEELING SAFE
Your confidentiality is extremely important to us so your therapist will give a detailed explanation of the safeguards in place to protect your privacy and help you to feel safe.
At your first or second meeting with your therapist you may be asked to complete a form. This form is to protect you and your therapist from any confusion around the practical elements of the work. It will take just 5-10 minutes to complete the form.
HOW LONG IT MAY TAKE
Your therapist does not want to keep you in therapy for ever. He/she wants you to have the tools to enjoy your life with your own resources and the help of those close to you.
For therapy to have an effect it often takes a minimum of 8 sessions, though some clients can be helped in less time. Your therapist will normally review the work with you after the initial set of sessions. Many clients choose to continue the work after that in order to explore issues more deeply.
Some clients stay in therapy for a number of years, some stay for a number of weeks. It is your choice as to how long you continue. However it is beneficial to commit to a number of sessions initially. The more sessions you do the more likely you are to experience an impact in your life.
Your therapist will be happy to respond to any questions you have about any of this.
FINISHING THE THERAPY
One aspect to consider is that it can be important to finish the work after an agreed time and discuss feelings around ending the work before finishing. Very often you will develop a close professional relationship with your therapist and saying goodbye can uncover valuable aspects for your life outside therapy.
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SHOULD CLIENTS READ ABOUT OR WRITE ABOUT THEIR ISSUES?
Yes! We believe in an open and transparent process. Understanding your issues is an essential part of therapy. Writing about your issues and feelings around these can be therapeutic. This is not essential but it can help you. Feelings or memories that come up when you are reading or writing about your life can be hugely valuable in the work.
IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF HARD WORK!
Yes counselling and psychotherapy can sometimes be hard work. It is sometimes difficult because feelings that cause anxiety or that are avoided altogether are explored during therapy. However by working through these difficult parts with a trained professional it often becomes easier to respond to what life throws at you.
Fortunately our counsellors have to go through counselling to become counsellors, so they know what it is like to experience the process and understand difficulties around the issues involved. Because they understand what it is like to be sitting in the client's chair, care is taken to go slowly, explain what is being done, and make your needs the goal and focus of the therapy.
By taking it slowly and carefully counselling can help to make your life easier and help you to deal with things in such a way that you don't experience quite as much anxiety. By working through what is difficult we learn how to deal with life a little more effectively. Our counsellors are trained to help you figure out a path through this work. It has worked for us and it can work for you.
We often spend a lot of our time and energy trying to avoid dealing with the issues that cause us the most difficulty. Believe it or not, avoiding these issues can cause increased anxiety rather than reducing it.
Though some stress and anxiety is a normal part of life these can become overwhelming and limit our ability to function and relate consistently well to others. Maybe that is why you are exploring this website.
This anxiety and our related fears can affect our relationships and our ability to function in life. As we try to bury our responses to these issues they often re-emerge as increased stress or fear. Maybe you are stressed, sad, unhappy or angry a lot of the time and want to move away from being like this. Counselling can help.
Anxiety (and all those other negative thought processes) can become part of a negative cycle. Essentially, as we try to avoid facing stressful issues or are not aware of what is causing us so much stress, this can result in increased stress!
The good news is that counselling and psychotherapy can help you enhance your enjoyment of life as well as making your relationships a little easier to deal with. It can help you let go of the burdens of the past and learn to live more in the present and look forward to the future.
- Our counsellors are trained to know and accept that it is normal for human beings to avoid things until they are ready to deal with them. Counsellors are trained not to judge you or tell you what to do. They don't nag or point fingers.
- Counselling (in line with your needs and at a pace you are comfortable with) looks at the issues you may have become stuck on.
- We all share many of these experiences and (most of us) find it tough to deal with them. Your counsellor is aware of this.
- Ideas about looking at things in a different way will be discussed. You may emerge with a fresh view of the world and less stressed, depressed, anxious or angry, if these are your issues.
When you go for counselling, it can take some effort to "break through" your anxieties. However, your counsellor is trained to assist you carefully through the difficult initial period of facing the difficult things in your life.
The process of dealing with your issues often becomes easier as you learn to accept and respond to lifes' difficulties in a way that is not so painful for you.
This can allow you to go deeper with the work. But often clients find that dealing with one specific issue or crisis helps them to get on with their lives.
Essentially, as therapy progresses, clients often experience reduced anxiety and are able to respond to life more easily. This can feel like a weight off your shoulders.
By reading this information you have already taken the first step to a less anxious experience of life. Call us on 0876666425 or 01-4545646 and take the next step towards making your life a little easier.
We are conveniently located in the heart of Dublin City Centre at:
ABC Counselling and Psychotherpay
33 Kildare Street
Just over 2 minutes walk from St Stephen's Green Luas.