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
• LGBT
• 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

I have a straight forward and down to earth style which is thoughtful and respectful. 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 where I am there for you throughout the session and can offer you support which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

As your therapist I will listen to you and help you to explore situations and feelings in a non-judgemental way and in a safe and confidential setting. For me as a therapist I believe 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.

I use concepts and techniques from different therapeutic approaches into my work. Some of these include:

• Person-Centred approach
• Psychosynthesis
• Psychodynamic therapy
• Cognitive behaviour therapy
• Solution focused brief therapy

About Psychotherapist

Joe Donohue
Psychotherapist/Counsellor

MSc. (Psych. Hon) MIAHIP, MIACP, MICP, MPCHEI.

Joe is a member of the Irish Counsel for Psychotherapy and a fully accredited member of both the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and The Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy. Joe is also a member of the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland. 

Joe trained as a Psychotherapist with Turning Point from 2009 to 2013 and subsequently earned a Master’s of Science in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy awarded by Dublin City University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources and a Diploma in Addiction Studies. Joe has completed other personal development training courses in areas such as, mindfulness, working with addiction, working with personality disorders and in suicide intervention training. He has also carried out in-depth research on the therapeutic approaches used within employee assistance programmes for work-related stress issues.

Over the last number of years Joe has worked as a psychotherapist with clients at the Newlands Institute of Counselling in Clondalkin, Pieta House in Lucan and Trust Counselling in Inchicore. He describes his work as humanistic and integrative, specialising in working with people who experience depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm and all the wide-ranging issues that can bring them to depressive and suicidal thoughts. Some of these issues are listed on the ‘How I can help’ page.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How long will therapy last?

Therapy can last from a few months to several years. Much depends on the depth and nature of the issues that you wish to work on. However, I believe that you will know when you have reached the goals we have worked towards and feel secure enough to finish therapy.

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 cost of the missed session will be charged if insufficient notice is given.

What about the sessions?

Psychotherapy sessions are between 50 to 60 minutes long and are regular weekly appointments. Appointments are usually made once weekly.

Ending Therapy

I will always recommend 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.

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.

What are your fees?

Price per session is €60