Frequently asked questions. Damien McCaul Counselling & Psychotherapy in Santry Dublin

Damien McCaul Counselling & Psychotherapy

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I get in touch?

You can contact me using the number, email or enquiry form provided on this website. If you leave a message or text I will do my best to respond as soon as I can.

Q. Where is Damien McCaul Counselling & Psychotherapy located and what times are available?

I am located in Santry, North Dublin at the Omni Park Medical Centre which is at the Omni Park Shopping Centre on the Swords Road. I am available during the week including evenings and at weekends. Please get in touch for more details. Remote sessions are also available via Zoom or phone.

Q. What happens when I attend the first counselling session?

Initially I'll ask for some basic information regarding your background, psychological history and your reason for attending counselling. Then I'll invite you to talk further around any difficulties you may be having.

Q. How long is a counselling session?

Sessions have a duration of approximately 50 minutes. 

Q. How much does counselling cost?

Fees are negotiable and usually range from €60 to €75 depending on your circumstances. Please get in touch for more information.

Q. Is counselling and psychotherapy confidential?

What is said in the counselling room is entirely confidential, the only limitation being where it transpires that there is immediate risk to yourself or to others, as per the IACP Code of Ethics and the Children First Guidelines. All of my clinical notes are anonymised and you are not identifiable in any of my records.  

Q. How many counselling sessions will I need?

Six consecutive weekly sessions to begin with will give the therapy process a real chance . We can then review the progress after six weeks.

Q. Am I really "messed up"? I'm embarrassed about attending counselling

No. Strong feelings that may be experienced can be natural human reactions to a variety of difficult circumstances. Often it can be about finding a way to understand and manage those feelings. There is nothing to be ashamed about if you are going for therapy. Most of us have no issue at all with attending medical appointments to look after our bodies and our physical wellbeing. Meanwhile our brain and mind is working tirelessly 24/7 and invariably the demands of living can place considerable strain on this essential part of our being. Attending for counselling means taking care of your mental health too.  

Q. I need to be "fixed" right away. I want results now

Sometimes difficulties that might be happening can have their origins in many different experiences in a person's lifetime, and part of the work is addressing this. It may take some time to unravel these difficulties, as they have built up over a considerable period of time. Having said that the number of therapy sessions that may be required depends on each individual.

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