At our Dublin-based counselling clinic, we can help you make sense of what happens and has happened in your life by reflecting on experiences of the past and coming to understand how they affect the present, the person you are today.
Counselling therapy allows a patient to talk about personal problems and feelings in a confidential, trustworthy, and safe environment.
Counselling can help you to ~
- cope with a bereavement or relationship breakup
- cope with job-situational stresses
- explore sexual identity issues
- deal with issues that prevent you from realizing your potential
- deal with depression or sadness for more enjoyment in your life
- know yourself and your problems better
- feel more confident
- understand other people better
Some of the issues counselling is helpful for:
- Self-esteem, confidence, assertiveness
- Anxiety and depression
- Emotional crisis & difficulties coping
- Bereavement, loss, separation & relationship break-down
- Cultural identity
- Self-image problems
- Trust and jealousy
- Despair, feelings of meaningless and hopelessness
- Childhood issues & trauma
- Post nuptial depression
- Work-related issues, stress, interpersonal conflict, bullying & personal development
A counsellor listens empathetically (as if in your shoes) to help you deal with discouraging, depressing, or disturbing thoughts and feelings you may have. A good counsellor listens to you without judgment or criticism to help you find out about how to deal with your problems but does not tell you what to do. Counsellors never give advice of the “if I were you” variety; the purpose of counselling is to help you make your own decision. They never make moral decisions for you about what actions you should take.
They may sum up what they understand you have said so far to help you move on to a plan of action. They can offer examples of how others have dealt with common problems and may also make suggestions of the “have you thought of” variety. They draw these suggestions from their knowledge of what has helped others and of course you can reject them if you feel they are not helpful. For good results, you need to build a relationship of confidence and trust with the counsellor.
If you feel uncomfortable with the counselling session you should express and discuss your feelings. If the counsellor is unwilling to discuss them, look for another counsellor with whom you can feel comfortable and spontaneous. Sometimes, the term “counselling” refers to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a specific therapy type. Other talking psychological therapies are psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and relationship therapy, which could be between family members, an intimate couple, or co-workers.
Counselling aims at greater insight for self-understanding, heightened self-acceptance, improved relationships with others, more autonomy, and better control over your life. It helps you to clarify what you want, address your needs, improve relationships, take responsibility, regain control, learn to live, love, take risks, and engage fully with life. The counsellor may encourage you to talk about your personal problems and decide whether to take personal responsibility for them.
Counselling helps you recognise how what other people say and what they do affect you and how you can cope with them. Counselling involves talking about difficult or painful feelings. As you confront them, you may feel worse at first; however, with the help and support of your counsellor you should gradually feel better, for you “shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” * from what has haunted your life. Because in many if not most cases it takes a number of sessions for counselling to be effective, a regular commitment is necessary for the best result. During your sessions, the counsellor will encourage you to express your feelings and emotions freely.
By discussing them with you, the counsellor helps you understand and find ways to resolve your problems. It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and helps you reach a satisfactory solution.
We provide individual, couple, and family counselling, psychoanalysis, anger management, depression therapy, hypnotherapy, employee assistance, and counselling and therapeutic services for all situations. We welcome individuals, couples, families, and employees.
Call 01 5240708 to speak with one of our operators or send us an enquiry.