Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t have a diagnosed mental illness. Can I Attend Therapy?
Some people attend psychotherapy in addition to attending a Psychiatrist but many people attend therapy of their own accord. All that is required is a willingness to talk openly and explore the presenting issue. People often find that their suffering is eased and their lives are enhanced through the experience of talking in a specialised therapeutic environment.
What should I talk about in a therapy session?
There are any number of issues discussed in a therapy session. Why you find yourself in therapy is as good a place to start as any. You can discuss whatever you feel comfortable with and are not obliged to talk about topics you are not ready to talk about. Therapeutic work takes time. You can talk about the past, present, or the future.
Does Psychotherapy/ Psychoanalysis focus on talking about the past?
Not necessarily. People can talk about anything they want in a therapy session. Therapy of course involves talking about the past, as the past often effects the present and the future, but it is not the sole focus of the sessions.
What kinds of conditions or illnesses can psychotherapy help?
Psychotherapy can be very useful in the treatment of physical illness, (which often carries psychological effects), and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, or phobias. Psychotherapists also work with people who have more moderate forms of illness such as bi polar disorder and schizophrenia. Often people with more serious conditions attend a psychiatrist also.
What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Psychiatry?
Put simply, Psychiatrists are specialised doctors in the area of mental health and psychiatric illness. Practitioners of Psychiatry specialise in the diagnosis of mental illness and prescription of psychiatric medication such as anti depressants or anti psychotics. They follow the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and generally treat moderate to severe mental illness. In Ireland, Psychotherapists do not prescribe medication unless they are medical doctors. They do however often liaise with G.P’s and Psychiatrists. They specialise in listening and enabling the client to talk freely and openly in order to explore any issues or questions they have in life. Psychotherapists do not generally diagnose people and are educated to a Masters degree level and often doctorate level.
What is the cost, duration, and frequency of therapy sessions?
The cost of therapy sessions runs on a sliding scale (€50- €100) and there are various session lengths available (30 mins, 45 mins, or 1 hour). There are also a limited number of lower cost slots made available for students, seniors, and the unwaged.
The period over which a person attends therapy varies. Some may attend for a number of weeks or months, others a number of years. Somebody may attend once or twice a week. The duration and frequency of sessions is discussed and decided upon with the therapist according to the individuals needs.