Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and challenging. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, in crisis, or want to change your life it can help to talk with an experienced professional in a safe, confidential setting.

Counselling and psychotherapy (therapy), can help you feel understood and learn tools to deal with your problems. Without help we can stay trapped in patterns and beliefs that hold us back. With help you get to choose the life you want.

Q: What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling tends to be relatively short-term, dealing with a specific problem or situation. Psychotherapy is more long-term for those wishing to deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. Frequently counselling and psychotherapy overlap and are used interchangeably.

Q: Do I need therapy?

We all have stuff going on in our lives. Therapy is a safe space to talk about your problems and difficulties. And it can be so much more. It gives you the opportunity to change yourself and heal your life.

People choose therapy for many different reasons. I see people from all walks of life and backgrounds, all age groups from teenagers to pensioners, all genders and sexual orientations.

Q: How can therapy help me?

Everybody needs a little help from time to time. And there’s nothing wrong in asking for it. No matter what’s going on in your life, I can support you to find a way forward and to make changes in your life.

My warm yet challenging style creates a safe and trusting  environment to support your growth and healing, to feel better about yourself and enjoy more satisfying relationships with the important people in your life.

Q: Why do people come to therapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to make sense of the difficulties and emotional pain you are experiencing in your life. It can be difficult and distressing to manage these thoughts and feelings on your own and talking to those close to you may not be possible.

People choose therapy for different reasons. Some reasons include “feeling down”, “anxious all the time”, “don’t feel right”, “something is missing in my life”, “feeling lost”, “sad”, “angry and resentful”, “stuck”…to name just a few. Therapy can help with these thoughts and feelings.

Q: I don’t want to just talk about my feelings. I want things to change in my life.

Sometimes people think that therapy means just talking and talking about the past without ever taking action in the present. Therapy does involve creating space to talk about your past and the feelings that surface as we explore this. However, we also practice tools and techniques to help you improve your life.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl Rogers

Q: Is there something wrong with me to need therapy? Why can’t I just deal with things on my own?

It can be daunting to admit that we need help. Making the decision to seek out therapy isn’t a sign of weakness. At times we need to engage the services of a trained professional e.g. a doctor for medical matters or a solicitor for legal affairs.

When it comes to your mental and emotional health it’s no different. Reaching out for support from a professionally trained therapist can make all the difference in addressing challenges and overwhelm in your life.

Q: How do you work as a therapist?

I practice mindfulness based psychotherapy, working in a humanistic and integrative way. Meaning I believe in the inherent goodness of every human being and I integrate different techniques to tailor the therapy to each individual person.

One of the most important aspects of successful therapy is the connection between you and your therapist. My warm yet challenging style creates a safe and trusting  environment to support your growth and healing, helping you enjoy more satisfying relationships with the important people in your life.

Q: What kind of clients do you work with?

I see individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds, all age groups from teenagers to pensioners, all genders and sexual orientations. Special interests include anxiety, stress, trauma, addiction, sexuality, and working with young people over 16.

While some of my clients have been to therapy before, the majority are first-timers. What they all share is that they are at a point where they want to deal with their pain, to commit and invest in themselves to change and create something different in their lives.

Q: Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes! Once you provide me with your contact number and a time that suits you, I will call to discuss your situation and how we might work together. This 15-minute consultation is completely free and there is no obligation to book an appointment once we’ve talked. If I am not the right counsellor for you, I will offer to refer you to someone else.

Q: How long does counselling last?

The number of sessions can be mutually agreed or open-ended. I usually suggest that we meet for six weekly sessions initially and then review our work together to assess whether you are getting what you need. The length of time people attend therapy varies from person to person. Counselling tends to be relatively short-term, dealing with a specific problem or situation. Psychotherapy is more long-term for those wishing to deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. My commitment to you is to work effectively to minimise the number of sessions. However, our work together can carry on for as long as you like or need it to.

As a general rule, we will contract to work together for 6 sessions, meeting once weekly for 60 minutes. After this time you may decide to continue with counselling, or you might decide you have gotten all you need from it. Each person is different and has differing needs, therefore the length of time we work together is entirely up to you. Your background, your counselling goals and your personal circumstances will all determine the length of time we will work together. Therapy is rarely a quick fix. It requires a significant commitment on both our parts and I ask that you fully consider this before entering into the process. Being realistic and patient are crucial to therapy, however it is an enriching and life-changing journey that will reward you for taking the risk in getting to know yourself more deeply.

Q: Where are you located?

My office is in the Granary Therapy Center, Dominick St. Galway. Click here for directions.

Q: What does confidentiality mean?

Our initial session will clarify the importance of confidentiality and the instances in which it may be breached. Confidentiality is the assurance that what you disclose to me in counselling cannot be disclosed to a third party without your permission (unless required by law, unless I feel you may do harm to yourself or another, and/or should you disclose any instance of childhood abuse). Also, when you book an appointment, your details are treated in the strictest of confidence.

Q: What should I / we talk about in the sessions?

Any number of issues are talked about in a counselling session. You can talk about whatever you feel comfortable with. There will be no pressure to talk about anything you don’t want to. Counselling may bring up past issues but as the client, you set the pace and tone for each session. The session is completely yours and will be tailored to suit your needs.

Q: What if I / we need to cancel?

My cancellation policy will be outlined in our first session. Generally, I need 48 hours notice in advance of your scheduled appointment time. In the event that you give me less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee will apply.

Q: How long is each session?

60 minutes.

Q: I have more questions that are not covered here.

If there is anything more that you need to know, you can avail of my free 15-minute phone consultation where you can ask me anything you want. Just enter your details in the Request a Callback form below and I will be in touch to arrange a time and date that suits.

Q: What is counselling and psychotherapy?

LET’S START with what counselling is not. It’s not something to feel weird about. Millions of people do it for reasons as serious as having suicidal thoughts and as non-serious as wanting to be a little less grumpy around the holidays. The era when therapy carried any kind of major stigma started to end (in the US, at least) when The Sopranos’ Tony sat down with Dr Melfi. So let’s move on to what it is: it’s a space to talk to a professional listener about whatever you want. It’s confidential. It takes place behind closed doors with a licensed expert. Which makes it seem sort of mysterious. Until you get started.

Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and challenging. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, in crisis or want to change your life it can help to talk about your problems with an experienced professional. Counselling and psychotherapy offers you an opportunity to meet with a qualified professional therapist in a safe, confidential setting to talk about and explore your challenges and difficulties. Counselling can help you feel understood and learn tools to deal with your problems. Without help we can stay trapped in patterns and beliefs that hold us back. With help you can break free from feeling stuck to living the life you want, achieving your potential.

Q: Will counselling & psychotherapy help me?

Research has shown that counselling and psychotherapy is effective for the majority of people.

Q: What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling tends to be relatively short-term, dealing with a specific problem or situation. Psychotherapy is more long-term for those wishing to deepen their understanding of themselves and their relationship with others. Frequently counselling and psychotherapy overlap and are used interchangeably.

Q: Why do people come to counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to make sense of the difficulties and emotional pain you are experiencing in your life. It can be difficult and distressing to manage these thoughts and feelings on your own and talking to those close to you may not be possible.

People choose therapy for different reasons. Some reasons include “feeling down”, “anxious all the time”, “don’t feel right”, “something is missing in my life”, “feeling lost”, “sad”, “angry and resentful”, “stuck”…to name just a few. Therapy can help with these thoughts and feelings.

Q: How does counselling and psychotherapy work?

I believe we all know what we truly want and need in our own lives. We each have the ability to heal ourselves, drawing on our own strengths and resources. Sometimes we need extra support along the way.

Research shows that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor in successful psychotherapy. It takes courage to choose therapy and I consider it a privilege to be trusted with your story.

The warm welcome you receive helps you to begin your journey of exploration and change. As you share your story, you are facilitated to develop understanding and compassion for yourself and others.

Creating awareness of the present moment, without judgement, improves your well-being on many levels – emotional, psychological, mental, spiritual, physical and sexual – leading to transformed relationships.

Q: Do I have to talk about my feelings?

In addition to talking some other ways that can be used to connect with feelings include art, writing, role-play, drama, movement, body awareness, dreams and images. These ways of exploring our inner life can often get to the heart of what we are experiencing more directly and creatively than talk alone.

As a body psychotherapist, I work with the body, occasionally using a type of therapeutic touch called biodynamic massage, when it feels helpful, and always with your consent and permission.

Q: What approach do you use?

I practice mindfulness based psychotherapy, working in a humanistic and integrative way. This means that I can draw on a range of different skills, theories and techniques, and use these to tailor the therapy to each individual person.

I am trained as a talk therapist and a body psychotherapist, listening deeply to understand you without judgement. My main training and experience is in person-centred, psychodynamic, biodynamic and mindfulness psychotherapy, with additional training in Hakomi and Internal Family Systems.

My approach is holistic, healing mind, body and soul, restoring calm, confidence and control, helping you live your life to the fullest. I truly believe your life and relationships can get better, that you can get well and stay well. It will take work, and some time, but is completely possible. I’m here to help you make that happen. We can work together to help you enjoy happy and fulfilling relationships with family, friends and work colleagues.

Q: How do I set up an appointment?

There are a few ways, so you can choose the option that’s easiest for you.

  • You can call or text me on 087 6171472, and if I don’t answer simply leave a message, and I’ll return your call/text on the same day.
  • You can send me an email at info@marietierney.ie
  • You can contact me through my online form. If you provide me with your contact details, I’ll call you back for a free 15-minute phone consultation.

There is no obligation to book an appointment once we have spoken.

Q: What can I expect at my first session?

Taking the first step towards counselling can be daunting so let me outline the process step-by-step. Once you book an appointment with me, I will send you an email with directions to my office and a confirmation of our agreed date and time. On arrival at my office on the day of your appointment, I will come to greet you in the waiting room and bring you to my office. The first session is a chance for you to talk about your reasons for coming to counselling at this time and the difficulties you are having. I will outline the counselling process.

Together we will explore the possibility of our working together and you can ask questions. People arrive for therapy with different needs and expectations. We can discuss what your expectations are and any anxieties you might have. All going well, we will then decide how often we will meet for therapy and what issues we will work on.

Q: What can I expect in my first session?

Taking the first step towards counselling can be daunting. So here’s what you can expect in your first session. On arrival, I’ll come to greet you in the waiting room and bring you to my office.

The first session gives you an opportunity to talk about your reasons for coming to counselling at this time and the difficulties you are having. People arrive for therapy with different needs and expectations. We can discuss what your expectations are and any anxieties you might have.

The first session is a chance for you to have a trial run and check me out to see if I'm a good fit for you.

Q: What does confidentiality mean?

In our first session I’ll explain the importance of confidentiality and the rare instances in which it may be broken. Confidentiality is the guarantee that what you disclose to me in counselling cannot be disclosed to a third party without your permission. Some exceptions include if required by law, or if you are at risk of danger to yourself or others. Your information is always treated in the strictest of confidence.

Q: How long does counselling last?

The number of sessions can be mutually agreed or open-ended. I usually suggest that we meet for six weekly sessions initially and then review our work together to check whether you are getting what you need. The length of time people attend therapy varies from person to person.

My commitment to you is to work effectively to minimise the number of sessions. However, our work together can carry on for as long as you like or need it to.

Q: Where are you located?

My room is in the Granary Therapy Centre, Granary Suites, 58 Dominick St. Lower, Galway. Click here for directions. I also offer the convenience of online counselling by telephone or video call.

Click here for directions.

Q: What if I need to cancel?

Your appointment is reserved for you. Cancelations or rescheduling must be made at least 48 hours in advance of session start time. Sessions that are cancelled or rescheduled any later must be paid for in full. Failing to attend an appointment without notice must also be paid for in full.

Q: What does it cost?

My cancellation policy will be outlined in our first session. Generally, I need 48 hours notice in advance of your scheduled appointment time. In the event that you give me less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee will apply.

Q: How long is each session?

60 minutes.

Q: What does it cost?

Each session costs €60. A discount is available if you pay for six or more sessions in advance. The cost of six sessions is €300.

Q: Is the cost worth it?

Therapy is a financial commitment. It’s an investment in yourself where, for an hour each week, the world can slow down and together we can compassionately explore, understand, and transform behaviors, thoughts, and patterns that may be holding you back from living the life you want to live.

Like other investments such as your education, career and home, therapy can contribute to your overall wellbeing and success in life.

Q: How do I make an appointment?

Please feel free to call or text me on 087 6171472. If I don’t answer please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Or you can email me at info@marietierney.ie or contact me through the online form on my website.

I’m happy to answer any questions and there’s absolutely no obligation to book an appointment