FAQs

FAQs

 

How do I get in touch?

You can touch by completing the form below or emailing me on avril@avrilkavanagh.ie

When I get your message I will respond to you as soon as I can with a phone call. During this call I may ask you a few questions about your current difficulties in order to have a sense of where you are at in your life. We will agree a time and date for your first appointment, and I will explain directions to the rooms.

What happens at the first meeting?

The first meeting is an opportunity for us to meet and see if I can support you at this difficult time. During this meeting I will explain how I work and you will get an opportunity to explain what difficulties you are having at the moment. The purpose of this session is to check that private practice is the correct support for you. Sometimes during this meeting an alternative pathway may be identified that may suit your needs more appropriately. This will be discussed openly in the first session. No notes are taken during this session until there is agreement and a contract in place that we will work together.

The most important thing for you to ask yourself is, can I relate to this person? The relationship between the client and psychotherapist is fundamental to your recovery. You need to feel you can trust and be comfortable with me during the sessions.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on what is happening for you at the moment. The combination of your own goals from therapy and my assessment of you will help to decide how many sessions you need. This will be discussed during the first session, but typically we aim to set goals for the first 4-6 sessions.

How do you work?

I work using an integrated approach, which means that depending on you and your problems I will utilize what I believe will be the most beneficial theory and technique for you. What this means in reality is that I always listen.

In addition, at other times, I may seek clarification, challenge you, help you to identify your problem, give you feedback, draw your attention to specific thought and behaviour patterns, give you new tools to practice, help your self-awareness, help you to learn more about your predicament, give you instant feedback on how you relate to me, ask you to do homework, devise an action plan, keep a journal, engage in visualization/relaxation ….to mention just a few techniques. What I do not do is give you advice or judge you.

Is counselling confidential?

Confidentiality is fundamental to our work together and to the outcome. There are however important limitations to this confidentiality as set out in law and this will be explained to you during the first meeting.

What is the cost of counselling?

The cost for an individual session is €80 euros for 50 minute session and a couple €120 (1 hr session).

Clinical Supervision is also provided for pre-accredited and accredited psychotherapists at a rate of €100 per hour.

How long are the sessions?

The first session is one hour in order to determine whether I am the correct support pathway for you, after that the sessions are 50 minutes in length.

What if I have to cancel or reschedule a session?

As long as I have 24 hours notice, there is no charge for a cancelled or rescheduled appointment. However, it is my policy to charge for missed appointments or cancellations where insufficient notice is given, as this impacts on other clients and my availability.

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14 Merville Road, Dublin.
A94 H526