For you this can be a difficult one to answer and gives rise to confusion. Consider this for a moment. No matter what the presenting complaint is anxiety is always there. For example if you are depressed there’s anxiety. If you are having relationship difficulties there is anxiety, if you are grieving there’s anxiety, with low self -esteem, stress, bullying there’s always anxiety .So outside of the realm of Anxiety disorders anxiety tends to tie itself to pretty much all emotional problems.
It is the counsellor’s job is to help you seek clarity around these confusing questions.
The first session is usually the most challenging for clients and that in it-self can trigger anxiety. Finding the place, being on time, meeting the counsellor, not sure what to expect during the session can cause apprehension for some clients. For others concerns and worries around sharing intimate details of their lives with the counsellor can be overwhelming. In addition to this, regardless of whether or not you’ve been in counselling before the first session will most likely lead to a certain level of apprehension. This is all perfectly normal so try not to worry, a session is never started until the client is relaxed and feels safe in their environment.
Once you feel comfortable and ready to begin, the following occurs
The goal after the first session is for you to begin to feel in more control of your anxiety.
Hi, my name is Lisa O Reilly BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy. My private practice is based in Lahinch, Co. Clare, Where I provide a safe place for clients to explore a wide range of issues. I have over 10 years clinical experience and have an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School which is accredited by the IACP (Irish association Counsellors and Psychotherapists and IAHIP (Irish association Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy).
I am also a pre-accredited member of the IACP and attend regular clinical supervision. I am fully insured to practice counselling and psychotherapy in the republic of Ireland and I also work within a code of ethics outlined by the IACP.
In addition to my core qualification I have also completed training in the following areas – Stress management, Diet and nutrition, Suicide intervention, Personal development, Biodynamics, Bereavement, and Challenging behaviour.
I work with clients on a one to one basis helping them with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, low self-esteem, anger issues, sexuality, relationship difficulties and personal development.