What happens in a counselling session?

There is no, one, simple answer to this question. In the most basic terms, a counselling session is an hour per week that is set aside exclusively for you. It is a space where, over time, you can explore and examine any aspect of your life, and any problems that you feel may be preventing you living your life to the fullest. You will be assisted in this exploration by a therapist who will ensure that the space is kept safe for you. You will not be judged. You will be listened to empathetically and respectfully. You are encouraged to bring any material that you wish. These may include mundane, everyday things, or your most important dreams, memories, hopes, and aspirations. Your counsellor will help you piece all this together, helping you to better understand yourself, and how you relate to others around you.

What issues can counselling be used to address?

In short, counselling can be used to address whatever it is you feel is important to address. Some of the reasons that people seek this kind of help include family difficulties, relationship difficulties, bereavement, depression, anger, addiction, and trauma. There are many reasons to come, and all are valid.

What kinds of people come for counselling?

All kinds of people attend counselling. People of all ages, and from all walks of life, can benefit from counselling. Families and couples attend, either individually or together. Children and adolescents can benefit from the particular environment that is provided. Our client base at Crannóg spans a comprehensive range of gender, age, religious, and orientation groups. Counselling is a particularly individual experience, and it is the individual client that makes it so.

How do I start?

After contacting us, an initial consultation will be arranged for you. This session will be conducted by either Martin or Claire, and it is here that you will have an opportunity to discuss more fully what has brought you to us. This is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our service, and to gain a fuller understanding about what you can expect. If a joint decision to proceed is made at this point, you will be informed of the various counselling, psychotherapy and fee options available to you. Following this, you will be placed with one of our therapists, who will contact you to arrange your first session.

How long does it take?

Again, there is no one simple answer to this question. People attend for as long as they continue to feel that the process is of use to them. A straightforward issue might be dealt with over a shorter number of sessions. However, it can be the case that a longer process is necessary. People have been known to attend for many years, but this would not generally be the norm. You should, however, expect that an effective and lasting process would be counted in months, rather than weeks.

Can therapists in Crannóg advise me on medication?

No. Therapists working in Crannóg will not recommend or prescribe any medications. This is the function of a GP, psychiatrist, or other medical doctor who have undergone specific training, and are qualified in this regard.

Do Crannóg provide legal reports?

No. Therapists in Crannóg do not prepare reports for any legal proceeding. As a low-cost service, this is beyond the scope of what we provide.

Is it confidential?

In general terms, yes. Your therapist will not discuss any specifics of what you talk about with any other person. Your privacy is central to how the process of counselling works.

It is important to note however, that for reasons that have to do with client safety and with child protection, confidentiality is not absolute. If a client were to indicate that they intended to harm themselves intentionally, or expressed a specific suicidal ideation, therapists are morally and ethically obliged to intervene and inform the family GP, or An Garda Siochána. If it is indicated in a session that a child or adolescent is in real and imminent danger of abuse, therapists are morally and ethically obliged to intervene and inform the family GP, or An Garda Siochána.

All of the above will be explained more fully during your initial intake session, and any specific concerns you might have around confidentially can be addressed there.

Why do I need to attend weekly?

The regularity of a weekly session, at the same time, on the same day, in the same place, with the same therapist, is central to the process of counselling and psychotherapy. It is the single greatest influence, aside from your developing therapeutic relationship with your counsellor, on productive outcomes from therapeutic work. The standard format of weekly sessions helps you make gradual and steady progress. In some cases, a therapist will agree to two or more sessions per week, if you both feel it would be of benefit. 

Why must I pay for missed or cancelled sessions?

If, after your initial intake session, you decide to proceed with weekly therapy sessions, your therapist will reserve the same time slot (of 50 minutes) for you each week. Any missed sessions or cancellations (outside of Crannóg's 48 hour cancellation policy) will be charged at the full fee. This is so that they can set aside the same time for you each week. Crannóg's cancellation policy applies to holidays, work commitments, illness and other emergencies. We understand that unexpected events occur. Sometimes life gets in the way. However, to the best of their ability, your therapist will be available to you at the same time each week. It is expected that,under normal circumstances, this exclusive reservation of a therapist and a therapy room would be used.