Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Clanwilliam and the services that we provide. If you would like to ask us anything, in confidence, please use contact us.
1) What is systemic psychotherapy?
Systemic psychotherapy incorporates individual, couple and family therapy. Family / Systemic psychotherapists are trained to a highly professional standard to work with individuals, couples and families. The Systemic psychotherapy approach endeavours to understand peoples problems in a relational context and therapists work collaboratively with clients in exploring this.
2) What areas or problems do family / Systemic psychotherapists look at?
Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Bereavement and Loss, Relationships and Sexual issues, Child and Adolescent Difficulties, Physical sexual and emotional abuse, dependent on alcohol or other mood altering substances, anger management and Suicidal ideation.
3) How is psychotherapy different from counselling?
Psychotherapy and counselling are often used interchangeably. It is necessary to know the difference in order to make an informed choice about which service best suits your needs at any given time.
A person trained as a counsellor is not equipped to provide psychotherapy unless they are also trained in psychotherapy. On the other hand a person trained as a psychotherapist is equipped to provide counselling unless they specifically do not provide this service.
4) Does family therapy just relate to families or can couples and individuals attend?
Systemic/Psychotherapists work with couples, individuals, children and families. When a family is involved with several different agencies, family therapists may work with the network of professionals as well as with family members to ensure their input is co-ordinated and helpful.
5) When should you come for psychotherapy?
Sometimes despite our best efforts it can be difficult to resolve issues. At these times seeking professional support can be the best thing to do. Therapy helps people to understand their problems and how they can best sort them out by using their own abilities to find ways of moving on from difficulties in their lives.
6) How do I know if a psychotherapist is sufficiently qualified?
Family/Systemic psychotherapy is the title for therapists who have completed the professional qualification and are accredited by Family Therapy Association of Ireland (FTAI) accredited training and who are registered with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).
7) How long will the therapy take?
As everyone is individual and needs and experiences differ the length of time for therapy varies form one individual /couple or family to another. Sometimes difficulties are more complex and families may need longer to find solutions that work for them. Your Therapist will be happy to discuss your needs with you.
8) Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
No. Self referral is completely acceptable.
9) Would you like to become a family therapist?
If you are interested in becoming a family therapists we run a programme in Systemic Psychotherapy awarded by QQI and accredited by the FTAI and EAP, please refer to our training section.