How I can help

Are you are experiencing a difficulty in your life and want things to change?

The Trust Counselling & Psychotherapy Service is a private practice offering you a safe, comfortable and confidential setting to explore personal difficulties with a professionally trained psychotherapist.

• Stress and Anxiety
• Anger Management
• Self-Esteem
• Confidence Issues
• Personal Relationships
• Loss and Bereavement
• Financial Difficulties
• Work-Related Matters
• Addiction

• Sexuality
• Lgbtq
• Life Changes
• Suicidal Ideation
• Unemployment
• Panic Attacks
• Social Acceptance issues
• Bullying
• Depression

• Co-dependency
• Employee Assistance
• Issues arising from Physical
• Emotional or Sexual Abuse
• Meaning of Life issues
• Single Parent issues
• Coping with illness
• Family Matters
• Self-Harm

How I work

A straight forward and down to earth style is used which is thoughtful and respectful to all client. My role is to facilitate you and support you through your journey of exploration and any changes you wish to make in your life.

Therapy offers an opportunity for a different kind of relationship and a different type of communication which may be difficult to find elsewhere in other personal relationships.

As your therapist I will listen to you and help you to explore situations and feelings in a non-judgmental way and in a safe and confidential setting. For me, Trust is the most important element in the therapeutic relationship. Without Trust we would be unable to work together as a team in resolving your issues.

Concepts and techniques from different therapeutic approaches are used. Some of these include:

• Person-Centered Psychotherapy
• Cbt/Rebt Psychotherapy
• Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
• Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
• Solution Focused Psychotherapy

About Psychotherapist

Joe Donohue
Psychotherapist/Counsellor

MSc.(Psych. Hon) M.IAHIP, M.IACP, M.ICP.

Membership with the Irish Counsel for Psychotherapy (ICP), the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP), and the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).  Also, committee member of the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland (PCHEI).

Qualified as a Psychotherapist in 2013 and subsequently earned a Master’s of Science in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy awarded by Dublin City University. Have also completed trainings in various therapeutic fields such as, Addiction Studies; Therapeutic use of Mindfulness;  Suicide Intervention Training;  working with Personality Disorders.  Another therapeutic field of particular interest to me is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy which comes under Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.

Working in private  practice since 2013 as an Integrative Psychotherapist with adults of all ages, backgrounds and issues.  Since 2012 working as a Solution Focused Brief Therapist and Integrative Psychotherapist in centers such as such as Newlands Institute of Counselling and Pieta House. This involved working with children and adults in crisis, suffering from depression, suicidal ideation or other issues listed on the home page. In more recent times also working as a counsellor with third level students and as a clinical supervisor in training to supervise trainee psychotherapists.

My approach to Psychotherapy would be described as humanistic and integrative using a Person Centered Approach and other modalities such as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis and Solution Focused Brief Psychotherapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees?

Price per session is €70

What about the sessions?

Psychotherapy sessions are generally 50  minutes long and are regular weekly appointments. Appointments are usually made once weekly until therapeutic goals are met.

What if I need to cancel a session?

If you have to cancel your appointment it is very important that you give at least 24 hours notice. An arrangement can be made to reschedule your cancelled appointment if  there is availability during the week. Unless an emergency arises that may cause you to miss your  booked appointment the  full cost of the missed session will be charged if insufficient notice is given.

How long will therapy last?

Therapy can last  a few weeks or several years depending on your needs and the therapeutic approach used to address your identified needs. Much depends on the depth and nature of the issues that you wish to work on. This will be discussed in the initial assessment session.  It can be helpful  to have an identified  therapeutic goal  when coming into therapy, for example,’I don’t want to  be disturbed by anger, or anxiety anymore’. In this way when the goal is set – we have something to work towards and will know when to end therapy once the goal has been met.

Ending Therapy

It is recommended that if a client feels they would like to end therapy that they attend a final closure session. A proper ending can create a sense of closure for both therapist and client and permit the foundation for a new beginning. Some clients like to take a ‘break’ from therapy for a time or return for a few ‘refresher’ sessions after we have formally ended therapy. I am always open to this and we can always discuss when it is relevant.

Is therapy confidential?

Apart from professional requirements and exceptions concerning safety everything that I am told by clients is completely confidential. If in my professional judgement you become a serious risk to yourself or to others I reserve the right to confer with your next of kin GP or other professionals but only after making every effort to discuss this with you first.

What about medication?

Medication is often suggested by Doctors as the solution to all kinds of psychological issues and problems. My view is that whilst medication can sometimes enhance the effectiveness of psychotherapy and at other times is a necessary component of psychotherapy it is rarely sufficient in itself to achieve lasting change. Many problems which bring people into therapy – difficulties with relationships, loss of a loved one, problems with anger, or lack of meaning and purpose in life – may not be significantly helped by medication.