How Can Psychotherapy Help?

Psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling are talking therapies. Your therapist will provide safe, expert talking therapy which helps people with emotional, social or mental health problems.

How can psychotherapy help?

Sessions with a therapist offer an environment in which you can express your feelings and gain a deeper insight into your difficulties. Psychotherapy sessions are confidential, so you can talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave that will improve your mental and emotional well-being.

The term ‘psychotherapy’ covers a range of approaches and methods. These range from one-to-one talking sessions to therapies that use techniques such as role-play or dance to help explore people’s emotions. Psychotherapy can be provided for adolescents and children as well as adults.

What happens during my first visit?

On your first visit, you will be given an opportunity to talk about what is troubling you and share the reasons why you have sought counselling. In counselling, you will be working at a pace which suits you and one which you are comfortable with.

Depending on the reasons you have sought counselling, your therapist will work with you to prioritise where the focus of the work will be. This may involve exploring some past events and how they are impacting on your life now. Or it may also involve examining present issues of concern and finding new ways of understanding and managing these issues.

What is the difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

Counselling usually refers to a brief treatment plan. Counselling also tends to deal with immediate issues that may have arisen in the recent past e.g. bereavement or relationship breakdown.

Psychotherapy focuses on working with clients for a longer-term and draws from insight into emotional problems and issues that may be rooted in the past.

Counselling helps to bring about growth and healing. As a counsellor, Fran aims to facilitate and support you as you gain new perspectives of your life, which in turn enables you to recognise and make the changes you need to move forward in your life.


Counselling is a confidential process. This is what helps define it as a safe and secure space for each individual to explore their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and experiences.

Mary Barrett

Mary Barrett BA. Rel. Sc. and Education, BA Psychology, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dip. Special Ed., Cert. Mindfulness, PSI

I have always had an interest in how people think, feel, behave and learn. This drew me towards the area of psychology, which in turn drew me towards counselling and psychotherapy.

My experience has taught me of the importance of viewing each person as an individual despite their presenting issue. I use an integrative approach drawing on a variety of theories and techniques including person centered, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and psychodynamic techniques.

I believe counselling to be a treatment where each counselling session is a safe and regular space for a person to think and talk about themselves and the world they live in.

Tara Healy

Tara holds an honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Dublin Business School and now provides therapy to communities through her work at Crosscare and the family support unit at Addiction Response Crumlin. Tara’s approach to psychotherapy is an integrated way of practicing that encompasses both humanistic and existential philosophy. Tara’s work with clients is based on developing an awareness and understanding of their experience on an emotional, physical, mental and spiritual level whilst looking at the relationship they have with themselves and others. Her aim is to deliver a warm and compassionate approach in her work, taking into account a client’s whole way of being by exploring their unique needs in a non-judgmental way. Tara believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship as an invaluable platform for change and growth. She has clinical experience working with: Anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide ideation, parenting issues, stress, relationship difficulties, addiction, domestic violence and trauma.

Booking your appointment

To book an appointment with any of our clinic’s therapists please call 01 677 9859 or email

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