Support Services . . .
Glosna House is committed to offering affordable support & psychotherapy options to everyone. Our team of professional therapists offer their unique approach in supporting clients to access their full potential.
We offer CBT, Addiction Counselling, Child Therapy, Teen Therapy, Integrative & Humanistic Psychotherapy, Art Psychotherapy, Supervision, Couples Counselling & Life Coaching. Our support services are available to children, teens, adults & couples.
Marie Byrne M.I.A.H.I.P., Reg ICP & Glosna House Founder heads up the Psychotherapy Team. To chat to Marie about what service & therapist may suit you, please get in touch by phone or email and she would hope to support you in making a decision that feels right for you or your loved one.
Our aim is to provide you with a supportive and safe environment. By nurturing and valuing your strengths and resources, our goal is to support you in exploring your individual experiences, challenges, concerns, road blocks, stepping stones and personal goals. We hope to facilitate insight into your patterns of thought and behaviour that may be preventing you from leading a fulfilling and satisfying life so you can bring about positive change. We have a range of price options to choose from all of which are clearly outlined below and determined by the therapists. For questions on what scheme or therapist might suit you best just call us on 087-7693966.
- Jo Brecknell (Adults & Adolescents - 12 years or over)
- Phil Kelly MIACP (Adults)
- Emer Murphy pre accredited member of IAHIP (Adults)
- Marie Byrne MIAHIP, Reg. ICP (Adults)
- Liz Hutton MIAHIP, Reg. ICP (Adults)
- Siobhan McCabe MIAHIP, Reg. ICP (Adults)
- Rebekah Carroll (Art Psychotherapy for Adults, Adolescents & Children)
- Jo Brecknell (Couples)
Our aim is to provide you with a supportive and safe environment. By nurturing and valuing your strengths and resources, our goal is to support you in exploring your individual experiences, challenges, concerns, road blocks, stepping stones and personal goals. We hope to facilitate insight into your patterns of thought and behaviour that may be preventing you from leading a fulfilling and satisfying life so you can bring about positive change.
Therapy is a team effort. If you don’t take an active part in your sessions, you won’t find the experience valuable. Participation in therapy can result in a number of benefits to you, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolution of the specific concerns that led you to seek therapy. Working towards these benefits, however, requires effort on your part. Psychotherapy requires your very active involvement, honesty, and openness to change your thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviours. Good therapy should feel safe and enable you to take risks with the issues you are prepared to work on. You can get the best results by being open, saying how you are really feeling and by giving your therapist honest feedback on how you experience the therapy.
A therapist will be assigned to you based on your presenting needs. However, it is your right to determine if the therapist assigned to you meets your needs. Your therapist is either fully accredited with IAHIP or IACP or working towards their accreditation with either governing body. You do not have to stay with a therapist with whom you cannot relate or feel safe. The relationship between you and your therapist is fundamental to the therapeutic process. If one therapist does not feel right for you, you can ask to be referred back to Glosna and we will assign an alternative therapist to you by calling us on 087 7693966.
Sessions last 50-60 minutes,
your therapist will confirm this with you at the first session. You will be offered
weekly standing appointments with your therapist. An important part of the
therapeutic process is providing consistency, predictability and security for
therapy sessions. Your therapist will confirm your next appointment in person
at the end of each session and these appointments are committed to by both
parties weekly in advance. In general you will be offered the same time and
same place on a regular basis, unless otherwise agreed with you in particular
circumstances (i.e. shift workers etc) Note:
There may come a time when you feel the need to reduce the regularity of
appointments to every second week. This will be looked into in terms of
availability for said appointments by the therapist if and when it occurs.
You have a right to expect professional confidentiality from your therapist. They may not release information to medical providers, schools, solicitors or other professionals unless you personally request it and you sign a Release Of Information (ROI) form. The duty of a therapist to keep confidential any information given by a client is required by law- except in very specific circumstances. Therapists are required to report to the appropriate authorities/parties information that leads them to believe that:
- The client presents a danger to him/herself
- The client presents a danger to the life, health and/or property of another
- When there is reasonable suspicion of child, dependent or elder abuse or neglect, current or historical
- The client is gravely disabled and is judged to be incapable of making self-care decisions
Duration of Therapy & Reviews:
We are often asked how long therapy will or should last. The answer to this question relies heavily on your involvement and commitment to the therapeutic process alongside your therapist. Time frames vary depending on the presenting issues. Keep in mind that psychotherapy is a medium to long-term process so don't expect any instant solutions to your concerns. However it is important to firstly establish a relationship with your therapist. In our experience a minimum commitment to 6 sessions allows for this therapeutic relationship to form and it is from this foundation that therapy can then move to a deeper level. You will agree regular reviews with your therapist to assess what is working and what is not. Also your personal goals may change and evolve and it is important you explore these with your therapist as therapy progresses.
You should give regular feedback during sessions about what aspects of the therapy have been helpful and what have not. A good therapist will invite you to do this and will allow time for it. This should help issues to be dealt with when they arise.
To provide the best quality care, our therapists are in active supervision. Supervision is a formal arrangement for Psychotherapists to discuss their work regularly with a qualified & experienced professional who mentors their work. Supervision is done with the full anonymity of the client preserved- no names or identifying circumstances are used.
What to expect from your first session?
During the first session, you will be asked about what brings you to therapy. You will be asked what your concerns, challenges & fears and details of any symptoms you are experiencing. You therapist will gather a brief history from you (as the sessions progress the therapist will gather more information). History-taking may cover such things as your childhood, education, relationships (family, romantic and friends), your current living situation and your career. The therapist may ask you to fill out forms about your current and past physical and emotional health. It might take a few sessions for your therapist to fully understand your situation and concerns and to determine the best approach or course of action. The first session is also an opportunity for you to interview your therapist to see if his or her approach and personality are going to work for you. Don't hesitate to ask questions anytime during your appointment. If you don't feel comfortable with the first psychotherapist you see, try someone else. The more you understand the psychotherapy process experience or how it all works, the more comfortable you’ll be. Ask questions about the therapy process, and ask the therapist to repeat anything you don’t understand.
Your therapist will confirm their weekly fee with you. Payment is taken by the therapist at the end of each session by cash or cheque. There is no facility to take credit/debit cards.
We realise from time to time you may need to cancel or reschedule a weekly session. In the event that you need to cancel a session, you are required to give 24 hour’s notice; otherwise the full fee is incurred. Please note that the 24-hours cancellation policy excludes Sundays and Mondays when our therapists are not working. Therefore if you have scheduled an appointment on a Tuesday, you will need to cancel this by the previous Saturday to avoid incurring fees. If you fail to keep an appointment you will be charged for that missed session. You are required to contact your therapist directly for any changes in appointments.
Contacting your Therapist:
In your first session your therapist will agree how you will contact each other outside of the therapy space and set boundaries around this. As this is a professional relationship, contact outside of therapy is not encouraged. All concerns, issues and questions are best dealt with in the therapeutic space. In the case of emergencies, your therapist will agree a safe and supportive method of contact with you.
Parents of under 18’s:
As a parent of a client under 18 you are required to sign a consent form for your child to access therapy. There may be times when you wish to speak with your child’s therapist around the work; this will be arranged in the form of a face to face session for you through the therapist, and not a telephone conversation.
As you are approaching the end of therapy, you and your therapist will discuss a plan to conclude your therapy. These sessions are known as the “closing sessions”.
Psychotherapy is a confidential & professional service for people who are looking for support & treatment for a wide range of issues. It provides a regular time for those in distress to explore their feelings and talk about their problems, challenges and fears. A therapist can support a client to develop better ways of coping, facilitate healing and can provide a structured support in assisting a client bring about positive change in their lives. Sometimes just talking to someone confidentially who is not a friend or family member can make all the difference.
Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy emphasizes a hopeful view of human beings and of their ability to be self-determining. It believes that individuals are fundamentally responsible for themselves and, whilst recognising the tragic dimensions of human existence, it emphasises the ability of persons to go beyond themselves and realise their true nature. It seeks to assist people who are in crisis and/or are searching for meaning and purpose in life. Humanistic and integrative psychotherapy acknowledges the validity of a variety of therapeutic approaches to the individual. It seeks to integrate the use of two or more approaches in the practice of psychotherapy. Practitioners in this field embrace an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the emotional ,behavioural, cognitive and physiological levels of functioning.
The aim of integrative psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness so that the quality of the person’s being and functioning in life is maximised with due regard for each individual’s own personal limited and external constraints. Humanistic and Integrative psychotherapies have many broad and creative approaches to working with clients. The therapeutic relationship is seen as a meaningful contract between equals, and the aims of therapy may include encouraging the self-healing capacities of the client, exploring the client’s concrete individual experience of anxiety and distress rooted in earlier relationships, enabling insight into repeating patterns of behaviour which might be preventing clients from leading fulfilling and satisfying lives
What is Life
Life Coaching is a practical approach to help people to find themselves again and reconnect to who they are and get excited about life again. Sometimes we all need a helping hand again to get started and get back on track if we have strayed off the path of purpose and happiness. There is always a way back.
- Do you feel stuck in a rut?
- Do you need help in setting and achieving goals in your life?
- Do you have low self-esteem?
- Do you lack motivation?
- Are you bored with your life?
Life Coaching is about helping people to get from where they are in their life to where they want to be.
Benefits of Life Coaching include:
- Increasing self-esteem and self-love
- Releasing negativity
- Learning how to set and achieve goals
- Increases motivation
- Learn how to focus on what you want
- Achieve a work/life balance
- Learn how to reach your potential
Generally distress within relationships is not due to fundamental
differences between couples but to small niggling arguments, communication
issues, boundary issues, a conflict in values and beliefs, excessive stress and
how we interpret what the other says and does. Couples Relationship Coaching is
for those who don’t feel they need counselling per say but would like to address specific
issues around their relationship from where they are now to where they want to
Some of the most common issues include:
- Frequent arguing and a lack of communication
- Overcoming Stress, Low moods and discord in the relationship
- Managing conflict and lack of teammate solidarity
- Unsatisfactory sex-life and Marital boredom
- Differing goals
- Emotional or physical infidelity
Some clients come for coaching together, others alone or in a combined approach (attending some sessions together and some alone). The therapist applies the techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy and coaching to his sessions and this provides a powerful means of uncovering and changing the underlying beliefs and automatic thinking that have been driving behaviour to the detriment of the clients relationship. By putting specific plans and goals in place, clients are provided with relevant techniques and tools to reach solutions quickly and effectively.
Sometimes it can be difficult to put into words what we are feeling and thinking- Art Psychotherapy is a way of exploring the unconscious in a non- threatening, non- judgmental way through the use of images that the client creates and then shares with the therapist. The process of making and talking about an image can help us to see an issue from a different angle and can help to allow expression in a new way, and through this we can come to terms with difficult feelings and situations. This can help to lessen anxiety and make us feel more optimistic and positive. Being good at art is not a requirement in order to benefit from the therapy!
What is Supervision?
Supervision is a formal arrangement for Counsellors / Psychotherapists
to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced in
Counselling / Psychotherapy and Supervision. Creative Supervision includes the use of action
methods and creative approaches in the supervision of therapists and
other professionals involved in direct work with clients of all ages,
utilising a variety of theoretical frameworks, and in a variety of
The focus is on utilising new and innovative approaches utilising the creative arts, lateral thinking, and playful activities in the supervision process. The aim is to assist supervisees in fully exploring and finding solutions to dilemmas in client work and in the management of clinical teams.
All expressive therapists share the belief that through creative expression and the tapping of the imagination, a person can examine the body, feelings, emotions and his or her thought process. This can prove very insightful to therapists working with clients as they get the opportunity to examine their client work through many different perspectives. These opportunities to reflect on how they relate to the client, as well as to garner insights from the perspective of another therapist, also help the therapisy to improve the value they are providing to their clients.