How Can Psychotherapy Help?

This week we’ll be introducing you to our resident psychotherapist Fran Buckley.

Fran Buckley qualified as a psychotherapist from Tivoli Institute of Psychotherapy in Dun Laoghaire and is a pre-accredited member of the IACP. She has worked with people with a wide range of issues such as depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, anxiety, relationship difficulties and abuse.

Fran feels it is a privilege to join a person on their therapeutic journey. She has considerable experience in the caring profession and her wish is to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where people can explore their thoughts, feelings and emotions. She has a particular interest in how past experiences in our lives can continue to influence present experiences and beliefs. She believes that by exploring the family of origin a client can gain insight. Fran works in a humanistic, person-centred, integrative way which is based on the relationship.

What is Psychotherapy?

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

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.

How can Psychotherapy help?

Sessions with Fran 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 with Fran 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, Fran 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.Counselling-Psychotherapy

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.

There are a few necessary exceptions to this confidentiality which will be explained to you in your first session.

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

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