Counselling can take place in different forms, most often on a one-on-one basis but is also available in a couple or family format. It provides the client(s) with a safe and confidential opportunity to discuss their difficulties and problems and the impact on their life and the life of others they care about.
Counselling is a facilitative process which helps individuals overcome any personal fears and anxiety about what they may be experiencing. The primary benefit is that it will help the client to understand, address and take action to overcome their difficulties. It aims to assist in the following ways:
To identify the source of problematic behaviours.
To learn how to recognise and overcome common substance and behavioural triggers
To strengthen self-worth.
To find positive ways to manage stressful events and emotions.
To develop practical skills for dealing with cravings.
To assist the individual with rebuilding trusting relationships with others.
To become responsible and compliant with other treatment plans.
The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the client’s growth in ways which respect the person’s values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination, leading to lifelong recovery.
Anyone who is directly affected by the impact of their own or someone else’s alcohol misuse and or behaviours. People who will most likely benefit from the specialised skill of a counsellor are likely to be those who are causing or have caused harm or distress irrespective of the amount, frequency or usage now or in the past. Examples could include people who are currently misusing alcohol or are concerned about their usage of certain chemicals such as prescription drugs or eating behaviours. Some people may have stopped their alcohol or drug use for years but are still unhappy and carrying the effects of the past with them and are seeking to recover from earlier, problematic situations in their lives.
Possibly the biggest service provider in the non-professional arena are what is commonly referred to as Fellowships, there are too many to name but some of the most widely known would include Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), Sex and Love Addictions Anonymous (SLAA), and Sexaholics Anonymous (SA), Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, Gam-Anon, S-Anon, and so forth.
In addition to specific Fellowships as listed above, many find themselves reaching out to friends & family for ongoing support. This can sometimes be profoundly therapeutic. However, the shame, stigma and ignorance surrounding addiction is so prevalent that this is not always possible for many impacted by addiction. Addiction counsellors can often advise those experiencing the isolation that often accompanies addiction on where to find the right kind of support in local communities.
Yes, many Counsellors in fact specialise in assisting partners, parents and other family members with the significant struggle of caring for a loved one experiencing addiction. Please note that the majority of those seriously impacted by addiction are not in addiction themselves but have an important caring relationship with those who are.
Family members are often remarkable in their ability to carry on despite the worry, fear and stress brought into their lives by the addiction of another. Such family members often find themselves moving from worry and concern to anger and frustration until they eventually find themselves exhausted or even in despair because of the addiction of another.
Addiction does not only damage the health and wellbeing of those addicted but can sometimes have a similar impact on others. Counsellors have the skill, training and compassion to assist family members in such distress and will provide important therapeutic support in a variety of settings.
The cost for a fifty minute consultation is €50.
All staff are fully qualified and accredited counsellors and psychotherapists with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The Counsellor will provide a confidential and safe place where your presenting issue will be discussed and assessed and a personalised treatment plan will be drawn up.
We are located at No. 8 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6 (Over Howard’s Way Restaurant).
Consultations normally last for 50 minutes. If more time is required, fees are charged on a pro-rata basis. Clients usually attend on a weekly basis for a set period of time that would have been agreed at the assessment and planning stage.