FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is your address?
My Greystones address is South Beach Pavillion(SoBe), Charlesland Road, Greystones.
If you go along the main street in Greystones -Church Road, past the Happy Pear on your left and the DART station on your left, Charlesland Road is the road with Greystones Medical Centre, a large modern building standing alone on the corner, next to the commuter car park and playground.It is a long windy road. You follow that road right to the end and there is free parking there. It is the former Charlesland Golf Club building (last car park) and I am on the ground floor, downstairs. from reception, at the end of the corridor, in the Treatment Rooms, the second door on the left.
My Dun Laoghaire address is:
7 Mounttown Road, Lower. There is free parking outside marked Pembroke Rooms. It is about 15 minutes walk from the DART and is also on a bus route.
How long is a session?
Sessions are usually one hour long but initial sessions are sometimes longer-often 90 minutes, as they include an assessment & treatment planning. Couples counseling sessions are usually 90 minutes.
How much do you charge?
I charge by the session as the length of sessions vary. My standard charge is €90 a session, though I offer a sliding scale from €60 (for individual sessions only – not for couple counselling) for people struggling financially.
As it it a brief solution-focused therapy that I do, most people see the progress they want within four to six sessions, though a few people need more then that (and some need less).
There is no commitment – you are welcome to come for one session and see how we get on.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies as everyone is different but most people see significant progress within four to six sessions. People with ongoing challenging circumstances sometimes choose to come longer for support.
I see some of these clients every week, some every two weeks and some every month.
When are you available?
I work by appointment only on weekday mornings 8.30 -4 and some weekday evenings 6-9 and sometimes Saturday mornings.
How long have you done this therapy?
I have used this therapy in my work since 2002 and have worked one-to-one with people in related fields for over thirty years.
Where are you based?
I am based in South Beach Pavillion, Charlesland Road, Greystones. This is a Well-being Centre and also a Golf Club and has free parking outside. This location is accessible without using stairs and has free parking immediately outside (if you use a wheel chair – please tell me and I will make ensure that the ground floor entrance is open for you).
How do I book an appointment?
Texting me on 0863549969 is best or email me at email@example.com.
I’m confused. Is this counselling, psychotherapy or coaching?
Counselling & psychotherapy are umbrella terms & traditionally refer to lengthy processes which focus a lot on the past.
My background is in Psychology and my training is in Human Givens Therapy which is a modern form of psychotherapy. However it has a lot in common with coaching in that a course of treatment usually lasts a few weeks or months rather than years. It is a brief solution-focused therapy, goal -orientated & each session is structured.
Human Givens Therapy targets the emotional brain & uses a range of tools & techniques to help people overcome whatever is holding them back & keeping them stuck. It is evidence-based & draws heavily on the research literature, particularly in the areas of psychology & neuroscience to understand the cause of someone’s difficulties. It combines this understanding with tools drawn from the most effective psychotherapies. It is this combination of knowledge & tools taken from different but related fields that makes it so effective.
Do you give advice?
Yes -advice that is based on the evidence. There has been a huge amount of research in the area of emotional health, wellbeing & relationships. There is evidence from both psychology & neuroscience of what helps people with emotional & stress- related conditions & what makes them worse. Human Givens Therapists believe that people working in this field should be aware of that body of research evidence and using it to advise people in distress.