I support people in a wide range of areas...
Couples and Relationships Counselling
Life changes such as health issues, unemployment, the birth of a child, getting older or anything that impacts how each partner is feeling or behaving, can benefit from couples counselling. Couples may need support around adjusting to these changes and working through them together. Challenges such as communication difficulties, an affair, loss of interest in the relationship, sexual issues, arguments and conflict may also bring couples to counselling.
In couples counselling both partners are given the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings about their relationship and how they respond to each other within it. Couples counselling can be a space for couples to speak honestly with each other and to hear what their partner needs to say. They work together with me for the benefit of their relationship.
There are a variety of reasons why people attend for psycho-sexual therapy. It could be in relation to changes within their sexual relationship such as loss of desire, reduced sexual pleasure or loss of sexual interest. It may be in relation to premature ejaculation, erectile problems, or painful sex. People may also want to talk about their sexual orientation or gender, body image, the impact of menopause or worries around pornography use.
Psycho-sexual therapy looks at both the sexual and psychological issues that people are experiencing and how they are connected. Space is offered to explore and understand what problems are occurring and what might be needed. Support might include information and guidance to help address the issues, help to improve communication and self- awareness and referral to additional services.
Individuals or couples of all sexual orientations, genders and relationship status can attend for psycho-sexual therapy, to work through issues that are impacting them individually or within a relationship.
I offer a range of online and face to face workshops at different times throughout the year on a variety of topics.
- Up Close and Personal, a workshop to improve your intimate and sexual relationships.
- Write it Out, a workshop on personal writing and journaling to improve mental wellbeing.
- See it, Do it, a workshop to guide you through the creation of your own vision and intention board.
Keep an eye on my Blog and on social media for dates!
What happens in the first therapy session?
You don’t need to lie on a couch!
At the beginning of the first session we do have some paperwork. We will go over the Confidentiality and Counselling Agreement which I will have sent to you. We discuss this to ensure that you understand it and I will try to answer any questions you might have about confidentiality. I take your contact details, emergency contact etc. I also take a brief history including your general health and wellbeing, medications, family details, lifestyle, relationships in your life, work study etc. This just gives me a picture of your life situation. After this, I will invite you to tell me a little about yourself.
Questions I might ask:
- What brings you to therapy at this time?
- What is happening in your life right now
- What do you hope would be different after therapy.
What do you have to do during a therapy session?
- Talk a lot
- Talk a little
- Are not sure what to say
- Feel anxious
- Don’t cry
- Find it hard to put things into words
- Think they might not make sense
Most feel better that they have made a start! At the end of the session, if you have felt comfortable meeting me and wish to continue, we set a date and time for the next session.
What are the options for therapy?
What do I need to know about your therapy sessions?
- Individual sessions are €60.
- Couples therapy sessions are €80.
- Student rate is €50.
- Special rate for counselling student is €45, while attending counselling as part of their training requirements.