What is counselling and how does it work?
What does the counsellor do?
First and foremost, your counsellor will listen to you. He or she will listen without judging you and without following an agenda about how you should feel or behave.
However, your counsellor will not just listen passively. She or he will:
- reflect back to you what you say and how they understand you
- pick up on things you may say without always being aware of it yourself
- support you in expressing and accepting your own feelings
- where appropriate, draw connections between your present difficulties and past experiences
- thus help you in gaining a better understanding for your own emotions and reactions
- support you in working out strategies and solutions that are right for you
- help you in developing the trust and confidence needed to cope with challenging situations
- if required, advise you where you can seek further help
How frequent are the sessions and how long does it take?
The counsellor will contract with you for six sessions either once a week or once a fortnight, depending on your needs and availability of the counsellor.
The number of sessions required for you to feel a positive effect varies. Many students feel much better after only one or two sessions of counselling. However, some students wish to come to counselling for longer than that. Counselling exceeding six sessions may be offered in some cases, depending on availability and waiting lists. If a student requires long term therapy, their counsellor will give them names and numbers of external therapists/ agencies available in Dublin.