What can I expect from my first session?

At  your first session you shall meet with your therapist who will assist you in looking at what is going on in your life right now. Both you and your therapist will devise a way of working together that can enable you to begin to explore any difficulties in your life and the best way to overcome these.


What if I am not sure about the therapist?

It may be important for you to ask your therapist about their experience and qualifications.

Therapists are open about this and understand that you might like to discuss this with them.



Is Counselling & Psychotherapy confidential?

It is important that you feel safe in the knowledge that your therapist will maintain and uphold confidentiality. Therapists act in the best interests of clients and must uphold a duty of care.  Confidentiality is a legal and ethical part of any Psychotherapy or Counselling practice.


How long should I attend my Counselling?

Both you and your therapist will work together to see how well things are progressing for you. Generally there is no time limit. Your therapist will support you on setting a time frame for ending your sessions when you feel ready to cease counselling.


How do I make an appointment?

Simply contact us by mobile @ 087/7773128 or email @ brian@changes.ie.

If I am unable to answer the phone I will reply as soon as possible.



What if I do not keep an appointment?

Once you give 48 hours notice before a session that you are unable to attend.

You will not be charged for that session.




Where are we based?

We are based just outside Abbeyleix, Co. Laois.

We serve the surrounding counties of Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare.




What is Counselling

Counselling aims to help you explore and clarify problems and issues that matter to you. It may help you develop resources and skills to cope with difficulties.

Counsellors listen to what you are really saying. I do not tell you what to do but I can help you to arrive at your own decisions in a safe, confidential and non judgemental manner.

What is the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?

Counselling is generally associated with more short term, focused work whereas psychotherapy explores issues in greater depth. Psychotherapy aims to reach the underlying often unconscious causes of distress.

If you consider, for a moment a tangled and knotted ball of wool as thoughts, memories, feelings and our ways of coping with the world. If we took this ball of wool and tried to make something of it we would likely stop trying very quickly but what if someone helps you to unravel this ball of wool and all that it entails we would achieve far greater success.

The root cause of our distress can often be so personal, deep and so delicate that we often cannot see things clearly enough in our heads to unravel our thoughts, memories and feelings.

We go to school to learn how to write, add figures and identify parts of the body but we are not taught how to cope with our thoughts and feelings.

If I go to Counselling does this mean there is something wrong with me?

Sometimes people think that going to see a Psychotherapist means they cannot cope with life and that people will think they are cracking up. There is no big deal about Psychotherapy. If we have a persistent pain we go to the doctor. If we chip a tooth we go to the dentist. If we are upset or troubled we could certainly consider seeing a Psychotherapist. Pain on the inside is no less painful. When it gets bad it is important to get help.

I should be able to handle this myself ?

Many people think they are being strong in not looking for help but it actually takes a lot of strength to admit things are difficult. Going to Psychotherapy often means you have taken the first step on the road to making things better. Peck. M.S. suggests the act of entering Psychotherapy is an act of the greatest courage. He goes on to say, those with this courage are far healthier and stronger than the average person because they have taken that first step through the Psychotherapists door (1991)