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What is Psychotherapy?

What you should know?
Psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as talking therapy, a therapy session is rather like a meaningful chat.
I offer a space for you, and I find that people don’t come here to meet me, but to meet themselves. I will provide a space where you won’t be judged, shamed, directed, or corrected.
Psychotherapy can provide help with a range of problems including but not limited to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, family /relationship issues, mal-adaptive coping mechanisms such as addiction. Anyone who is feeling overwhelmed by their problems and unable to cope may be able to benefit from psychotherapy.

What does a psychotherapy session envolve?

For someone who is not familiar with the use of Psychotherapy, it can be very daunting to seek and accept it. Psychotherapists are very conscious of this when commencing work with a new client. Some people, for example, like to attend counselling in a very private space, such as a different town, while others have no issue attending counselling in their local village. Successful psychotherapy depends on a supportive, comfortable relationship with a trusted therapist.
Each session is held in strict confidence and prior to any session commencing there are some formalities that have to be addressed. So, the first session is normally focused on what the counselling will entail and what the boundaries are. This can help towards a more relaxed atmosphere before launching into specific issues.

Why see a psychotherapist?

People see a Psychotherapist because they are in emotional pain that they want relief from now but also into the future. There are times when our lives are like a jigsaw puzzle, some of the pieces don’t seem to fit together very well. For some clients, it may be a temporary feeling of anxiety, stress or sadness that is bothering them. For others, it is about looking for relief from an already long-term pain that they can no longer endure. Maybe we just feel stuck in life and need to find clarity. Talking to a qualified therapist provides an evidence-based way to explore your emotional health in a confidential safe environment.

According to Carl Rogers, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”
The world we live in is constantly challenging, particularly if we are already feeling stressed or anxious. This stress can lead to lasting feelings of sadness, stress, overwhelm, anxiety or depression. But this does not have to be the case because person has within them the ability to live a more fulfilled and happier life.

What does it mean to work with an accredited Psychotherapist?

We have many registered professional bodies in Ireland where different professionals align themselves. It is good to know that Psychotherapy has been recognised by the government and is working on getting this profession registered with CORU (Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards).

At present psychotherapists don’t need to register with a professional body, but they are highly recommended. I am an accredited member of the IACP (Irish Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists).
To become accredited, psychotherapists must complete 450 hours before they are eligible to apply for registration/accreditation.

It is important to remember that you are accessing a service and have a right to the best standard of treatment.

Why should you work with an accredited therapist?

1. It gives clients protection- professional bodies promote high standards of professional conduct, education, training, and competence.

2. A professional service you can speak to if you are not happy about your experience.

3. It provides peace of mind knowing that the therapist you are meeting had to meet a standard of professional training to be accredited/registered with their service.

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