OUR ASSESSMENT PROCESS

As part of the counselling services we offer there is an initial assessment process that takes place. The word ‘assessment’ can be an intimidating and scary word. Our assessments are done in a gentle and respectful way. They are about us looking for information from you that will help us understand your reasons for seeking therapy and to ensure that you are placed with the appropriate therapist who can best meet your needs.

For Adolescents

If both Parent/Guardians are living together we invite them both and the young person to attend at least one initial assessment appointment, it may take more than one assessment appointment with our Adolescent psychotherapist to understand the needs of both the adolescent and the parents/guardian. The therapeutic process is relational, which means we like to engage both with the adolescent and the parents to get the best outcome for all.

If parents are separated, we ask if both could attend, however if this is not possible then both parents can be met individually with the young person. Sometimes separated parents need separate appointments.

If the young person is living with one parent who has custody, then we will inform the other parent about the process their son/ daughter is engaging in, we hope that both parents would wish to engage with the process.

Each case is assessed on its own merits around the issue of consent.

Should you need any help or clarification on this please contact us.

For Children

If both Parent/Guardians are living together we invite them both to attend up to 4 individual hourly appointments with our Child Psychotherapist, without the child, before an outcome is reached.

If parents are separated, we ask if both can attend. If this is not possible then both parents can be met individually. Sometimes separated parents need separate appointments.

If we are meeting with the parent who has custody and who the child is living with, then we will inform the other parent about the assessment process and if therapy is going to be the preferred option for the child.

We seek both parents’ consent.

We offer a child friendly environment with toys and art equipment for young children.

Should you need any help or clarification on this please contact us.

For Adults

You will be invited to come to the Centre and meet with a Therapist who will discuss with you the reason for you seeking therapy at this moment in time. The reason for this meeting is to ensure you are placed with the best skilled therapist who will meet your needs and to ensure your suitability for counselling. Sometimes people are unsure as to whether they need counselling and this appointment can help bring clarity for you.

All appointments are scheduled for around one hour, and usually take place on the same day and at the same time each week, unless a change of day/time is agreed with your therapist. The average fee for therapy sessions is €50 however we operate on a sliding scale, and this fee can be negotiated with your therapist should you have difficulty paying or are receiving benefits or are unemployed.

We also offer low cost counselling with student/trainee therapists, who are mature students working towards their professional accreditation.  The maximum fee for working with a student /trainee therapist is €25, this is also negotiable according to your ability to pay.

There is a fee for all child and adolescent appointments, which is a maximum fee of €25 and we operate a sliding scale based on your ability to pay.
The assessment process is explained in relation to parents/guardians seeking counselling for both child or adolescent or for a family.

The reason for the difference is because there are different guidelines around minors seeking counselling than for an adult, the main reason being parental consent. All counselling services must have parental/guardian consent for any person under the age of 18 years to attend counselling.

Should you need any help or clarification on this please contact us.

Presenting Problems

The Centre offers a confidential, caring and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their issues and develop new coping skills.

• Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Stress
• Depression
• Bereavement and grief
• Low self-esteem
• Post-natal depression
• School Difficulties
• Family and relationship difficulties
• Marital and partnership breakdown
• Suicidal feelings

• Bullying
• Eating disorders
• Compulsions
• Physical, emotional, sexual abuse and rape
• Loneliness
• Sexual difficulties
• Addictions
• Health concerns

Individuals may choose counselling and psychotherapy for personal development as opposed to presenting with a specific ‘Issue’

We have a dedicated building at the rear of the centre where adolescents and young adults can work individually or in groups in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

The centre is a community-based, voluntary and non-profit organisation, established in Dundalk in 1982 to offer its services throughout the North Each Region of Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Armagh & Down. Registered Charity No: CHY 7637

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