Geraldine GriffinPsychotherapy & Mindfulness
Dublin 4 & Malahide

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Both terms are used to describe a relationship in which a client seeks help with challenges they are experiencing in life. There is some overlap between counselling and psychotherapy but, broadly speaking counselling is used to work with specific situations where a client needs short term assistance with a particular problem. For example, a client who suffers with panic attacks may need help with strategies and perhaps breathing techniques to overcome this difficulty. Counselling is therefore more solution focused.
Psychotherapy on the other hand, explores the territory that involves more long term issues, or where unhelpful patterns from past conditioning are still playing out in our present life. This work is more open-ended in nature. Although, it has a definite beginning, middle and end, it is generally longer in duration.

Is it confidential?

What is shared is confidential, the only exception being if there was the possibility of harm to yourself or others. In such circumstances and particularly in the case of a minor, I may be obliged to share information with other helping agencies. I also take my work to professional supervision where identities are not revealed.

How much does a session cost?

My fee is on a sliding scale between 60-70 euros per session, payable at the end of the appointment. Reduced cost sessions are available to a limited number of clients experiencing financial difficulties.

What is your fee for school workshops/courses?

As school programmes are customised to the needs of each school, the cost varies dependent on the length and frequency of workshops, as well as the number of students attending. Please contact me by phone or email to dicuss your school's particular requirements.

How do I choose a therapist/counsellor?

When coming for counselling/therapy it is important to find a therapist that is a good 'fit' for you. As well as looking at their approach, training, qualifications and accreditation status, it is really by meeting with her/him that you can get a sense of whether you could comfortably work together. If the first therapist you meet does not seem right for you, try another. Therapist vary widely in their approach and personality and it is worth spending time to research their background as well as getting an intuitive sense of what works for you.

When will we meet?

When we have agreed to work together, we will find a time and day that suits us both. Thereafter, appointments are weekly, at that time. Day and evening appointments are available.






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