FAQs

Please find below some questions that are frequently asked by clients when they first make contact with Claire at Dublin City Psychotherapy. Understanding what lies ahead can make it easier to make that first phone call. Should you have any other questions that are not addressed in this section, please feel free to get in touch with Claire at any time by calling the number featured at the top of the screen or by filling out the contact form right here on the website.

No, it is not necessary to seek a referral from your GP or healthcare practitioner. Dublin City Psychotherapy welcomes enquiries from adults on a self-referral basis.

Reasons for seeking therapy are many and varied and will be different for each person. Engaging with therapy can be valuable for when you are feeling low, stressed, anxious or experiencing interpersonal difficulties. People seek psychotherapy for such issues as stress at college or the workplace, difficulties in sleeping and generalised anxiety. Others seek therapy when they experience a crisis or are struggling to cope with any aspect of life, whether that is grief, anxiety or relationship issues. If you feel that life is getting on top of you speaking with Claire at Dublin City Psychotherapy is a first step on the road to addressing your concerns.

During your first consultation with Claire, she will take the time to really listen and understand your issues. Whilst it will be impossible to know from the outset how many sessions you will require, Claire will discuss with you how best to address your unique situation. This first consultation may leave you feeling more positive, however, it is vital to continue with your sessions in order to fully address your issues and equip yourself for the future in a meaningful way.

This is something you will discuss with Claire towards the end of your initial consultation. After taking the time to listen to your concerns, a plan will be put in place to best address your needs. One appointment per week is a good guideline

Again, this is unique to each individual’s requirements. At your initial consultation with Claire, she will discuss with you the best course of action and will give you an indication of whether a short, medium or long-term plan is best suited to your own particular concerns.

The fee is €80 per session.

At Dublin City Psychotherapy, Claire works with individuals over the age of 18. Should you wish to enquire about therapy for a child or teenager, please feel free to get in touch and Claire will be happy to make a strong recommendation.

All clients that seek therapy with Claire can be guaranteed confidentiality. What you speak about during your sessions is used only between you and the psychotherapist to enhance your mental health and outlook on life. Claire will talk with you about confidentiality during your first consultation.

Claire fully understands that it can be daunting to speak with others about your feelings and recognises how challenging it can be to take this first step. Be assured that you will never be pressured and Claire will work with you to ensure your needs are met in a calm, trusting and relaxing way. Know that it is totally natural to feel nervous and you are not alone in feeling this way.

Certainly. Please pop over to the Your Practitioner page where you will see a detailed breakdown of Claire’s qualifications, accreditations and experience. If you have any questions at all, please don’t ever hesitate to pick up the phone.

Claire offers appointments throughout the week including evenings and Saturdays and if possible will accommodate any crisis/urgent appointments as a matter of priority.

There may be times when you will need to cancel an appointment due to other commitments and Claire fully understands this. At times when you may not be able to attend your scheduled session, please try to provide at least 48 hours notice so that urgent cases can be accommodated.

The aim of psychotherapy is to explore experiences, thoughts and feelings and allow for a time for understanding the causes of psychological or emotional distress. Exploring and identifying causes of distress, which impact on a person’s everyday life, permits increased self-awareness and self-knowledge. The process is all about your uniqueness and discovering the solutions that will enhance your life in the best possible way.