FAQs

What is the first session like?

Firstly, I salute you for making the call to seek help regarding your Mental Health. I recognise the bravery of taking that first step. The first session will be very informal. It will be an opportunity to get to know each other. I believe that the most important aspect of therapy, is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. It will last 50 minutes, and the next date for the next session will then be decided.

How many sessions do I need to attend?

I normally encourage clients to attend six sessions. I feel this is when clients obtain the most from therapy. It will be then be decided between therapist and client, if the therapy should continue. An ongoing review of the therapy will then be in place.

How much does each session cost?

Each session will cost 70 euro; however, I do operate a sliding scale. I do feel counselling should be made available to all. Personal circumstances will be taken into consideration. I am reregistered for tax purposes. I can provide a receipt if needed by the client to obtain tax relief on their counselling sessions.

Is therapy a safe place?

Yes, I provide a safe space where the client will be listened to, heard and not judged. My role as therapist is to provide a safe and secure space for my clients. My approach is very much a personal centred approach to therapy. That is, I convey immense empathy towards the client, I fully respect what is being said to me. Finally, I am fully present in the room with my clients. I fully endorse the practice of Self Care in my work as a therapist.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes it is, however, there are only a few exceptions to the area of confidentiality. I work to the highest standard and fully adhere to the ethics of the IACP, which I am member of.

Exceptions include the following:

  1. If the therapist believes there to be a danger of the client causing harm to themselves or another
  2. If the client reveals that there is a child at risk of abuse or a child has been the victim of abuse
  3. If the therapist is subpoenaed by a court of law.

Should a third party need to be informed in such situations, where possible this will first be discussed with the client. I state that breaking confidentiality is a rare occasion in therapy.

Will there be a contract?

Yes. I am fully compliant to GDPR policies. A contract will be created by me and sent to the client to review and sign.

What do I do next?

Feel free to contact me at 086 082 0561 or send an email to dermot@innervoice.ie to arrange an appointment. It will be a pleasure to work with you.

Currently, I am based in the Hillview Community Resource Centre, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. I also have a room with Insights Matters located in Mountjoy Square South, Dublin 1.

I am hoping in 2019 to find a place outside Dublin, while continuing my practice in Dublin. I am also looking at incorporating online counselling with my practice.