Frequently Asked Questions

What is therapy?

Therapy is the relationship that is formed between you and the therapist when you set aside time in private and confidential to explore what has brought you to therapy. This relationship facilitates understanding of your problems, increases self awareness and helps you connect with, and use, your own strengths and inner resources. This unique therapist/client relationship has the potential for you to identify the appropriate course of action for you – either to help you resolve your difficulties or find a better and more meaningful way to cope with your difficulties.

Why do people choose to have therapy?

People usually choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. People can sometimes feel isolated even when supportive family and friends are there. They may find it difficult to explain why they are feeling anxious or depressed. It may be easier to talk about personal, family or relationship issues with a person who is independent of friends and family. However, you do not have to be in crises before choosing therapeutic help. You may have underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general or searching for balance and meaning in your life. All of these reasons and more will bring people into therapy.

What’s the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling tends to be short term and will focus on current specific personal difficulties, while Psychotherapy is a longer process which helps people to understand the deeper roots of their present difficulties with a view to developing a greater understanding and being much better able to manage life. . Both psychotherapy and counselling are a supportive process designed to help you feel more in charge of your life.

Referrals from Doctors:

If you have been referred by your doctor or other professional care agency a letter of acknowledgement will automatically be sent to the person concerned. If you have made the appointment yourself I will also send a letter to your GP advising him/her of your decision to attend therapy. In my experience I have found it of benefit for your doctor to know you are attending therapy and most doctors welcome this information. If you do not wish for your doctor to be informed, please let me know and we can discuss this.

How long is each session?

Each session takes about 50 minutes to 1 hour.

How much will a session cost?

  •  One to one counselling for men, women and teenagers over 16years  = €60
  • Some low cost counselling is available for people struggling financially
  • Low cost counselling is offered to students in the psychotherapy sector
  • Payment method   – cash or cheque

What are your opening hours ?

  • Tuesday to Friday    10am – 9pm
  • Saturday morning by special appointment
  • Sunday – closed

How do I make an appointment?

  • Please contact us at 01 8321954 or 087 6181202. A short free consultation is available by telephone and you can make an appointment following that if you wish.
  •  email us at or
  • fill in the contact form on the contact us page.

Cancellation and changes in appointments:

A minimum of 48 hours is required to cancel a session, if less than 48 hours is given full fee is payable for the missed session. Attending regularly is important in psychotherapy, so any changes in appointments need to be discussed  in advance.


Where is Raheny Counselling ?

  • 413 Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin 5.
  • DART (Raheny) 2 mins walk
  • Bus Routes  29A, 31, 32
  • Free car parking is available locally