About Counselling

Counselling is a medium that helps you to explore the difficulties you have within a confidential and caring environment. Counselling enables you to access the coping and managing skills needed to determine what course of action would best help you resolve your personal issues.

The Origins of Counselling

Research into counselling began with the work of Sigmund Freud in the late nineteenth century. Freud went on to open his own practice and started to pioneer his principals and methods which later emerged as Psychoanalysis.

As counselling and therapy continued to advance Freud’s influence was still clearly present. Protégées of Freud such as Carl Jung and Otto Rank went on to develop their own techniques and gain recognition in their individual fields.

Jung went on to explore the characteristics of the psyche and published his findings. Jung studied a broad range of topics including philosophy, alchemy, religion and astrology to obtain a global view and increase his own awareness of contributing factors that alter the psyche. Jung’s most notable works include the collective unconscious and Jung’s theory of synchronicity.

Healthy Living Centre Counselling

When personal or work difficulties begin to diminish an individual’s quality of life and also have a negative impact on their mental, physical or emotional welfare, then it is time to talk with someone who has the necessary specialised training and expertise to give the support and help needed to identify and resolve such difficulties.

At the Healthy Living Centre, Athy we offer a couple of different types of counselling. Firstly psychotherapy, (which is an intentional interpersonal relationship used by trained psychotherapists to aid or help in problems of living), and second counselling, (guidance: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action).

Who might counselling help?

Are you feeling anxious or depressed?

Maybe you’re not sleeping well?

Are you going through the stress of a separation or divorce?

Abusing alcohol or drugs?

Having work or performance related issues?

Are you feeling unable to cope?

Getting angry with family, friends or work colleagues?

Are you having family/relationship issues?

What Counselling with us consists of:

A first session starts with taking some basic details from you. Then the big question ‘why are you here?’ Sometimes further questions are asked or some observations made, but often it is enough to listen

What you need to do

Be prepared to try a couple of sessions as it may take a bit of time for you to feel comfortable with your therapist. Also be prepared for some tears as this is often part of the process. You will benefit more if you come with an open mind.