What to expect and how counselling helps

Most people coming to me for counselling for the first time have questions about what happens when they arrive for a psychotherapy session at my clinic in Kildare. They may have an impression of therapy from TV and other media that is inaccurate, or has become out-dated over the years. It’s not complicated, so if you’re wondering, this is what happens.

Options for attending your therapy session

You can attend your therapy session either online (via Zoom, Skype or phone) or you can come to my clinic in the countryside outside Prosperous, County Kildare. Many find that setting aside the time to come physically helps them to focus on the therapy process but, as we’ve all learned, online meetings work well too, so that will remain an option if it’s your preference.

Hand reaching out for help, touching a hand offering help
The therapy room, an inviting armchair with cushions in a warm room with a view of a garden outside

The therapy room

Your first counselling sessions

We’ll start with a brief intake interview, just to get the basics, then we’ll talk about what brought you to therapy. Everyone comes to counselling because there’s something that they want to change or learn how to cope with. It might be a past trauma, you might have lost someone close to you, maybe you’re not happy with your relationship with food or perhaps you’re finding it hard to face another week at work. I won’t judge, I’ll listen. I’ll accept you for who you are and I’ll do my best to put you at ease. 

 

Once you’ve shared your story and given voice to your concerns (this is often the first couple of sessions) then I’ll work as your guide to help you to get you where you want to go as a person, to help you rebuild your faith in yourself and develop a foundation of confidence and self awareness that you can rely on when life throws up challenges in the future. 

 

How long the whole process takes depends on a lot of factors, however it’s always my aim to help you to shed what’s holding you back so you can live your best life.

 

All that said, it’s completely normal to be nervous or anxious before attending a therapy session, especially your first one. Feel free to call if you have any questions before your first session.

 “Like the ripples from the smallest drop of water, the smallest of changes in our lives can grow to bring about the greatest rewards”