Frequently Asked Questions & Fees

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in the first session?

The first session is an opportunity for therapist and client to get a sense of each other and whether or not they might work well together. The client will describe what has brought them to seek therapy at that particular time and may speak about their presenting issue as well as some significant events from their past. The therapist will explain a little bit about how they work, and the psychotherapeutic process. At the end of the session a contract may be signed that confirms the intention of client and therapist to work together towards agreed goals.

Where are you located?

My practice is located in the Islandbridge / Kilmainham quarter of Dublin 8 (Dublin north/south central.)  It is conveniently serviced by the M50 Inchicore and Blanchardstown exits for ease of access around the city.  It is also very centrally situated to the city centre with bus and Luas transport to hand.  Free car parking is also available.

Areas nearby: Islandbridge, Kilmainham, Castleknock. Chapelizod, Crumlin, Stoneybatter, Inchicore, Ballyfermot, South Circular Road, Strawberry Beds, Phibsborogh,

How do I make my first appointment?

You can call or e-mail Siobhan McArdle Psychotherapy to make your first appointment for either an in-person or online session. GP referrals are welcome, but you can also make an appointment directly. I also offer a free 15 minute conversation to discuss your needs and any questions you may have. Call  085 730 4416 or E-Mail

Do you offer in person counselling and online counselling via zoom etc?

I offer face to face counselling in person. Additionally, if it is necessary, I can easily provide counselling online via a platform like zoom or WhatsApp.

What about the sessions?

A session lasts 5o minutes and is usually held on a weekly basis at a mutually agreed time and day. On occasion, it may be possible to facilitate bi-weekly appointments.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel an appointment, it is important to provide 24 hours’ notice. It may be possible to re-schedule to another day or the following week. Outside of emergency situations, the full cost of the session will be charged if insufficient notice is given.

Is counselling/psychotherapy confidential?

Confidentiality is maintained in line with GDPR. This means that client records are entirely confidential, the only limitations being where there is a risk to yourself or others, as per the IACP code of ethics and the Children First Guidelines.

How long do I need to attend for therapy?

The duration of therapy depends on the issues you are experiencing. A discussion around this will take place at the beginning of therapy. I usually recommend to allow yourself a period of time like 6 weeks to give time for you and I to get to know each other. It also enables us time to work on the difficulties you wish to bring.

Ending Therapy?

It is recommended that if a client wishes to end therapy that they attend a final closure session. A proper ending can create a sense of closure for both therapist and client and permit the foundation for a new beginning. Some clients like to take a ‘break’ from therapy for a time or return for a few ‘refresher’ sessions after we have formally ended therapy. I am always open to this, and we can always discuss this when it is relevant.

My Services & Prices


Counselling / Psychotherapy


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Online Therapy


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Psychotherapy For Trainees


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Supervision for Trainees


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Presenting Issues


Relationship Issues


Grief & Loss


Low Self Esteem




Anxiety & Stress


Body & Awareness




Family Dynamics


Developmental Trauma


Anger Management




Issues of Violence

What Clients Say

  • I am a psychotherapist and have worked with Siobhan as my supervisor for over three years. This relationship has played a pivotal role in molding my therapeutic stance and guiding my clinical practice. As a supervisor Siobhan fosters an environment of collaborative exploration from a position of offering support, challenges, encouragement, and therapeutic wisdom. I have always looked forward to my supervision sessions with Siobhan.

  • Starting a journey with Siobhan has been crucial in my life path. When l first met her l was broken in pieces and felt very vulnerable, but with her nice and positive attitude she helped me to build trust again. Little by little l started to explore my inner sides and became more and more aware of my mechanisms, my needs and myself. I learnt to listen deeply to my inner self, let things go and make choices that were really good for me. She has always been really professional, compassionate and reassuring with a great attention to my feelings. l was always looking forward for her sessions and felt free and relaxed after each of them. Also the nice environment she sets makes clients very comfortable and easy to talk and open up. I am at a new stage of my life, completely fulfilled with love and happiness, and l will always be thankful to her for her guidance. I would recommend her to anyone needs someone caring to talk to. She will make your way!

    Fillippa - 39
  • I went to therapy as a last resort. I didn’t want to go for help. I didn’t like myself or even know what I really wanted out of life. I was very shy and afraid to say no to people around me. Siobhan helped me to begin to say no and notice why I even wanted to say no. I began to understand my family situation. I am a different person with a different outlook on life now.

  • When I decided to go for counselling, I was really terrified as I had never done any type of inner work before. I thought there must be something wrong with me if I needed to talk to someone to help me out. However, I was met with openness and warmth when I first went in the door to Siobhan. She helped me to see that it was ok to not be ok and that my depression was there for a reason. I learned a lot about my family, my past and my motivations for the future. I began to understand myself and sort out who I am what I want from life. Siobhan was professional, normal and taught me to allow myself to be me.