Making that first step

Is now the right time to try counselling ?

As we all know, Life is full of challenges- challenges that can sometimes push us to our coping limit, sometimes leaving us feeling overwhelmed , confused and alone.

We may have a feeling, thought or behaviour which seems to bounce back on a regular basis, sometimes for no particular reason. It seems to interfere with our ability to interact with others and function the way we would like.

At times like this, you might not wish to share your difficult feelings or thoughts with someone you know- a family member, a friend or a work colleague.

So who can you go to?

Counselling /psychotherapy can offer you a confidential comfortable and peaceful place where you can begin the process of change to help you find your way back to feeling well and in balance.

As taking that first step can often be far from easy, below are a few questions that may help you decide if now is the time to make that first step.

You may need counselling or psychotherapy if:

- You often feel sad, anxious or angry for no particular reason
- You often experience feelings of low self esteem or low self confidence
- You notice that others often seem to suffer due to your behaviour
- Others around you have suggested that you ‘talk to someone’
- You often find yourself getting angry, anxious or irritated around others
- You are finding it difficult coping with illness, bereavement or a recent life change
- You feel sometimes feel alone, isolated or disconnected
- You find it difficult to build or maintain relationships
- You often feel stuck or powerless to make new decisions in your life

The ultimate tool for assessing your need for counselling or psychotherapy is your own sense and intuition.

If you feel that some of the above resonates with you, the next step is to get in contact. You have nothing to lose.

How will I know if counselling is for me ?

It will begin with a consultation.

This can be booked by calling/contacting me direct or the clinic nearest you. 

An initial consultation will take between 1 - 1.5 hours.

The consultation will give you time to meet me, find out about counselling/ psychotherapy and most importantly to begin the process of talking openly & freely about what troubles you.

At that point, if you feel comfortable and wish to progress, we can agree on further sessions, a frequency and number that will be appropriate and comfortable for you.

How can I make an appointment ?

To make an appointment you can contact the numbers indicated on the how to find us page or you can also leave a message if we are unable to speak to you directly.

Either way, we will respond to your message as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can send an email, which is completely confidential to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you need a more urgent response you can call me direct on +351 912 071 462

The initial Consultation ?

This first meeting gives you the opportunity to meet me in person and see if you feel comfortable to proceed.

Also it will give me the opportunity to tell you how I like to work and to learn about you and how you see your particular situation.

Please allow for between 1- 1.5 hours

Where will the therapy take place ?

Whether it be at a clinic or at my private practice, there will be a peaceful, comfortable and discrete place for you to talk.

* If required, therapy can take place at the client's home or office.

How long do sessions last ?

 Each session will last 50 minutes  .

How often do I need to come ?

This will depend of course on your circumstances & need but in most cases especially at the beginning of the therapy, once per week is recommended.

Naturally the space between sessions will be mutually agreed and can be reviewed at regular intervals.

Family and ' partners' - can they be involved ?

Yes. In some situations having a family member or partner present can be extremely helpful to the process. The final decision would of course be yours.

What can I expect to feel during or after each session ?

As it is not always easy to talk openly to family or friends, counselling can offer you a new space to share difficult or neglected feelings

This may bring up some feelings that have never been aired openly before with anyone, feelings of loss, sadness, fear, anxiety, or any combination of these feelings.

Although challenging at times,  this more open expression of who you are, can be a truly enriching & life changing experience.

Making that first step