FAQs

Your Questions Answered

 To help you get your answers quickly, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular questions I’ve received from clients, accompanied by thorough answers. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch and I’ll be happy to assist you.

Starting counselling/psychotherapy can be a nerve-racking experience and like anything, it's hard to know if it's right for you until you've tried it. For this reason, I am offering you the option of a free introductory meeting where you can either meet with me in person or speak with me on the phone. This offers you the chance to ask me any questions and to decide if I'm the right fit for you without having to commit to the counselling process. For your free introductory meeting please contact me.

Each session lasts between 50-60 minutes.

What are your fees?

Prices vary depending on the service you need so please contact me and I can discuss all the details with you for you to make your decision on what is best for you. 

The amount of sessions that you will need depends on your unique needs and this is something we can discuss during our introductory meeting. During this time, we will consider what is troubling you and how much support you need while also considering factors such as budget and time available to you. Generally people attend for either shorter, more solution focused work for approximately 10-12 sessions whereas others looking for deeper work can attend for 6 months or considerably longer periods

This is a very common concern for people starting counselling/psychotherapy. Please be assured that everything we discuss is private and confidential. However, there are limits to confidentiality and these are outlined by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) Code of Ethics to which I am ethically and professionally bound. Such limits include:

 

  • Where there is an evaluation of harm to self or harm to another.

  • A disclosure of abuse involving a minor (age 18 years or younger).

  • If a name of a child abuser is disclosed, and the abuser is still alive and at risk of harming other children today.

  • Serious criminal behaviour past or present.

 

In the case where I deem it necessary to breech confidentiality I will always try to collaborate with you in this process. In such instances, I usually need to contact your GP or a family member/friend or the appropriate legal people. My aim is to ensure your safety at all times and so this may be viewed as an extension of care rather than a breach of confidentiality.

 

The IACP have a detailed code of ethics and practice for counsellors and psychotherapists, which you can read here: IACP Code of Ethics and Practice.

Donna Bacon: 0851527718

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