What is Counselling and Psychotherapy? What is the difference?

Both terms describe a relationship in which a client seeks help with challenges they may be facing in their life. There is some overlap between counselling and psychotherapy, but generally, counselling addresses specific situations in which a client may need short term assistance in getting over a particular problem. For example, where there has been a bereavement. Counselling is more likely to be solution or goal focused.

Psychotherapy tends to be more focused on exploring longer term issues that may have their roots in family dysfunction growing up, or in old ways of relating to others.

How to choose a therapist / counsellor?

Look around, ask around. If you know anyone who has seen a therapist or counsellor, they may be able to recommend someone. Your GP may be able to recommend one. If you prefer to keep it private, check that the person is qualified and conforms to the ethical guidelines of a recognised professional body, such as IACP OR IAHIP.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

Each of us are unique and what works for one person, may not work for another. Ask for an initial consultation before committing to the process. Trust yourself. If the first person you meet doesn’t seem right for you, try another, therapists vary widely in their approach and in their personality. It’s not essential that you like each other, but it may help to make the process easier if you feel comfortable with them.

How long will it take?

Each session lasts one hour.

The duration of the work varies hugely from client to client, and depends on a number of factors, including the issues to be addressed and pace at which the client wishes to work. It may take weeks or months, or if deep rooted, long term issues are being explored, perhaps years. Our objective at Clonmel Counselling Centre is to help you move towards living life more fully and managing more effectively the challenges life inevitably provides.

Can you solve my problem? Can you fix me?

No. We facilitate you finding workable solutions to your problems where possible, by helping you explore the situation you find yourself in and looking at your options. We believe that you have within you the answers to your questions, and the knowing you need, even though you may not be able to see that just now. We can help you find these resources within yourself.

Some problems can’t be solved. However, in time you may learn to relate to them in a different way, so that they will seem less urgent, or less threatening.

Will I always see the same person?

Yes. It is a relationship between you and the therapist, so you will be seeing the same person. In rare circumstances, such as where an unexpected illness means a particular therapist will be unavailable for an extended period, you will be offered an option to meet with someone else.

How much does it cost?

Sessions are charged at €50 per session, payable at the end of the appointment. Reduced cost sessions are available on a limited basis for clients experiencing financial difficulty.