Counselling and Psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy/Counselling?

Psychotherapy/Counselling is the nurturing, trusting relationship between client(s) and Psychotherapist/counsellor. The chief aim of this  relationship is to facilitate the client in structuring his/her thinking, evaluating objectives, identifying goals and facilitating attainment of those goals. Psychotherapy/Counselling is sought when a person needs to deal with problem areas in their lives. It promotes the examining of options open to them and in finding new ways of coping with life’s challenges.

How can Psychotherapy/counselling help?

Psychotherapy/Counselling offers alternative ways of looking at situations. It facilitates clients in examining their options by making available another perspective, which may result in different options or actions being considered. The process of counselling should foster a sense of self-awareness.  Psychotherapy/Counselling, aids the client in finding the answers for themselves; the client knows best what will work .

Will the Psychotherapist/counsellor tell me what to do?

The role of the Psychotherapist/counsellor is not to “sort out”, fix or decide for the client what is best for them. The Psychotherapist/counsellor is trained in the areas of human personality, motivation, growth and in the practice of Psychotherapy/counselling skills. S/he uses these professional skills to assist clients in the process of finding answers for themselves.

Who comes looking for Psychotherapy/counselling?

Individuals of all ages, groups and relationship types – couples, whether married, cohabiting or same sex – and the children affected by relationship breakdown. In fact, Psychotherapy/counselling is for all those who are seeking help with significant life issues and are looking for change in their lives.

What reason do people have for going to Psychotherapy/counselling?

Individuals and couples come to counselling for a number of reasons.  Coping with relationship difficulties and marriage breakdown can be traumatic. Other matters can include families in transition, anger management, parenting issues, anxiety, addiction, depression, bereavement and loss of all kinds, past abuse, bullying or life cycle issues.

Do I need my spouse/partner for relationship counselling?

It is more helpful if both partners engage in  counselling relationship, but an individual can gain direction and support by participating singly.

Is Psychotherapy/counselling confidential?

Cavan Family Resource Centre Psychotherapy/counselling service is confidential. There may be some rare exceptions to this assurance, for instance, where it is deemed that someone poses a threat to themselves or others or when a child could be at risk.

How many sessions will it take?

Each individual, with the guidance of their Psychotherapist/counsellor, will decide for themselves.  Six sessions is average.

How long is a session?

Each counseling session is an hour long.

How can I avail of Psychotherapy/Counselling service?

Cavan Family Resource Centre provide a confidential Psychotherapy/ Counselling service that can be accessed by contacting our Administrator for an appointment, by phone at 049 4371363 or by email at

How much does it cost?

The fee structure will be discussed at time of enquiry but please note that Cavan Family Resource Centre operates a sliding scale and has an accommodation in place for the unwaged or student.

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