Interested in starting psychotherapy?

As a therapist I have the incredible honour of being able to get a glimpse into the lives of others. Usually during the first session clients are nervous, unsure of what to expect. Over time as they open up we are able to build trust and establish a relationship. At its core, this is what therapy is all about. Having a non-judgemental, empathetic listener is incredibly healing.

I often get asked about therapy and counselling wondering about the process. I thought it may be helpful to explain some things. If after reading this you have any additional questions feel free to leave comment or message me.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?  The main difference is length of time. Often people start counselling because they have recently been bereaved, they are depressed, feeling anxious or have one issue they want to work through. Psychotherapy is more long term, perhaps after you have started working through one thing you realise there are more aspects of your life you want to understand.


How long are sessions and how much does it cost? Sessions are usually 50 minutes and here in Ireland if you want to go private, on average a session will cost €60. However, there are many centres that offer low cost services or individuals like myself that offer a sliding scale.

Do I have to talk about my past? I believe to understand the present we need to understand the past. However, you don’t have to share anything that you are not comfortable with. The entirety of your life and past hurts has lead to the perception you have of the world. In some cases that perception is negative or unfairly judgemental of ourself and others. Therapy and objectively examining our past can help demonstrate when patterns began and allow you to have compassion for your struggles.

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What will be different? You. What is so interesting about therapy is that as time goes on you will start to feel different in yourself. Hopefully the end result is that you will feel more grounded, confident and secure in who you are. You may also notice a difference in your reactions and interactions with friends and family. As you feel better in yourself you have less of a reason to lash out which can benefit everyone.

Should I start therapy? I believe everyone could benefit from having a good listener in their lives. If you feel like there are aspects of your life that you want to change counselling or therapy could be great for you. We can get into patterns that are no longer benefitting us, sometimes we need support to change.

I have seen the amazing transformations that can happen thanks to psychotherapy. You can be happy in your life, you just have to decide you want things to be different and start making that happen.

“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” – Shannon L. Alder

Curious about Counselling?

When I meet new people and tell them I am a psychotherapist I am always blown away by how interested people are. I get so many questions about the process and what it’s like. I am passionate about my work so I would happily talk about it all day. It often brings my own awareness to the fact that not everyone feels that way about their chosen career.

If you have ever had any interest in counselling then I recommend you pursue that. Foundation courses are a great way to get an introduction to the work and theories behind the process.


There are always courses available but I would recommend ones starting in the next couple weeks in Swords, Newbridge and Dublin City Centre.

In the course you will gain an understanding of:

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Person Centred Theory
  • Reality Therapy
  • Lifespan Development
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Behaviour
  • Therapy Counselling Skills

You will also have the opportunity to add more positivity and self awareness into your own personal life. Thanks to personal development and experiential learning you can increase your self esteem, gain a better understanding of mindfulness, improved boundaries, learn about group process and more.

When: Swords – Fridays starting, 31st October – May, as well as 5 full Saturdays over the duration of the course.
City Centre – Mondays starting, 3rd November – May, as well as 5 full Saturdays over the duration of the course.
Newbridge – Thursdays starting, 6th November – May, as well as 5 full Saturdays
over the duration of the course.
Time: 7 – 9:30 pm
Cost: €850
If you have any questions or if you want to learn more contact: Gerard at Siochan Counselling 086 607 0260 or email

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” – Maya Angelou