"The truly wise are never above asking questions, because they are wise."
Charles Spurgeon

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

There is no such thing as a stupid question. Hopefully these FAQs answer any questions you may have about my services. If not, please feel free to send me an email.

Questions About Counselling

What situations do you work with?

A lot of my experience is with mood and thought disorders. I have done extensive work with drug addiction. I also have had personal experience with cancer.

I have worked with non-medical diagnoses – areas such as relationship breakdown, bereavement and personal loss of meaning, eating disorders etc.

Who do you work with?

I work with adult individuals over the age of 18.

Do you provide reports?

I am happy to provide reports stating; my name and credentials, the date on which the sessions began, and how many sessions have been had. If you request any more information than that, I will seek professional advice.

How long and frequent are the sessions?

Each session is between 50 to 60 minutes. They can be shorter.

It is best to attend weekly. If you are in acute crisis, twice a week can be arranged. 

Attending three out of every four weeks is ok. Sometimes that is necessary.

How long do I need counselling for?

There is no standard. 

You may not be able to commit to more than three or four weeks. That is ok. It means we will be very focused on the urgent issues. 

You may need to come for a matter of months as you may find it hard to identify your core issues and work through them.

Six weeks is the usual time frame that counselling focuses on.

It is important to remember that you, the client, are in charge of how long you come for counselling. You can stop at any time for any reason. Just let me know you are stopping and we can bring the work to an end appropriately.

How does confidentiality work?

I keep notes of all sessions that do not have your name on them. I use a code. I use this code when getting professional support from my supervisor.

If we meet outside of the counselling room, I will greet you if you greet me. It is best not to engage with each other outside of the room.

What type of counselling do you do?

The simple answer is that I try to gauge from you what will work for you. Some people respond well to being directly challenged, others absolutely not. They rather want a focus on understanding and suggestive direction.

I am trained in the Person-Centred approach. I also have a natural leaning to cognitive approaches such as choice theory and cognitive behavioural therapy. For short term work Solution Focused Brief Therapy is useful. 

I try to ground myself in the reality of each situation and help the clients to do likewise. I strongly believe in the building up of personal resilience as a key outcome for counselling therapy.

What if I am uncomfortable and don't like talking?

You are not alone. Each session can be short. Each session can only involve one or two issues. You may find as you get used to the work that you can sit and talk for longer and at a deeper level.

There is no one forcing you to say or do more than you want.

Can I take medications while in counselling?

Yes, you can.

Medications for your mood or cognitive function may help you to engage further with counselling. They help you to see things clearer.

We may talk about your medications, why you’re on them, what they do for you, side effects, your hopes around them, etc. 

Your medication management will always remain an issue for you and your doctor. You should never stop or change a medication protocol without first discussing it with your doctor.

Is counselling therapy for men?

As a man I can say yes.

Men talk and share in a different way to women, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to do it just as women need to do it.

Questions About Prevail

Who provides counselling at Prevail?

James Foley is your counsellor at Prevail Counselling Therapy.

You can find out more about me in my bio on the About James page.

Where does Prevail offer counselling?

Prevail offers counselling in Bray, Co. Wicklow and on line.

You can find out more about our locations on our Contact page.

What happens in a Prevail counselling session?

You can find out more about Prevail counselling sessions on our Sessions page.

How much does Prevail counselling cost?

Costs vary according to circumstances.

You can find out more about how I charge on the Costs page.

Do you provide telephone or video counselling?

Yes Prevail provides video and telephone counselling.

You can find out more about technology based counselling on the following page

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