What is counselling?
The service Cúnamh offers includes referral to other agencies where appropriate. Cúnamh will support the person through this process and make every effort to suggest another therapist or another agency.
Counselling normally has a beginning, middle and end. At the very beginning an assessment interview is carried out. Again the assessment is a shared process between counsellor and client. The purpose of the assessment is to gauge the nature and scope of issues the person coming to counselling wants to talk about. If it is deemed that counselling is appropriate a contract of an initial six sessions is agreed between client and counsellor. If clients cannot make appointments they inform the counsellor as soon as possible. If the client misses three consecutive appointments the contract should be cancelled or renegotiated. Counselling ends at a time agreeable to both client and counsellor.
Confidentiality is an essential part of the Counselling experience. However, it is not absolute; there may be exceptions (such as risk of significant harm to the client or others, or certain legal requirements.
This service is funded by The Victims and Survivors. If you have been affected by a conflict/troubles related event you can access our services by self referral.
This service is also funded by WHSCT Talking Therapy Hub and you can access a referral via your GP.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy which uses psycho education to help us understand how we think and how this in turn produces behaviour which can be unhelpful and counterproductive. CBT can help us to change our negative thinking patterns and reinforce a more positive and healthy lifestyle. The belief underpinning CBT is that behind every feeling lies a thought which causes the feeling.