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Trained to relate to and treat people who are distressed and works to alleviate personal suffering and encourage change.

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Psychotherapists usually work with clients on a one-to-one basis, meeting them in private and treating their problems in confidence. Some psychotherapists work with families, couples, children or groups of clients. They offer the opportunity to address thought processes, feelings and behaviour in order to understand inner conflicts.  
There are various schools of thought in psychotherapy. Each of the five major approaches is represented by their own organisation in Ireland. See contact details below.  
Therapists who use psychodynamic therapy (which includes psychoanalysis and Jungian analysis) encourage clients to explore their feelings and open up their emotions. Many psychotherapists believe that our experiences as children strongly affect our adult behaviour, even if we are unaware of this influence. They help clients to make links between past and present events.  
A central part of psychodynamic therapy is the idea that the type of relationship that develops between psychotherapist and client can itself reveal a lot about the client's difficulties.  
In cognitive/behavioural therapy, therapists help clients to challenge their assumptions about past experiences and present relationships. Psychotherapists help their clients to think about and put into practice strategies for change.  
Face-to-face interviews and verbal communication are an important part of psychotherapy. However, the therapist can also learn from non-verbal communication. For example, some psychotherapists specialise in child and adolescent psychotherapy. They may observe how children play or behave towards other children, to find out more about their feelings and relationships. Psychotherapists may also analyse drawings to see what they reveal about young people's thoughts and feelings. Psychotherapists usually see the family together initially.


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As a psychotherapist, you must enjoy working with people and helping them to solve their problems. You must respect the client's right to make their own decisions, and avoid making judgements, giving advice or imposing solutions.  
The ability to use tact and treat your client's problems in strict confidence is essential to psychotherapy. Some clients experience positive changes after a short time, but others need therapy over a long period, so you will need patience, tolerance and determination. You will need excellent communication skills, to listen carefully and ask the right questions.  
Clients may reveal intense emotions, and discuss painful aspects of their past or present experiences. You must be objective and professional at all times, and be resilient enough not to become burdened by the problems you encounter.

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Organisation: Psychotherapy - CBT
  Address: St Vincent's Centre, Navan Road, Dublin 7
  Tel: (01) 838 3234 Ext. 120
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Organisation: Irish Council for Psychotherapy
  Address: 73 Quinn's Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 272 2105
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Organisation: Psychotherapy - FTAI
  Address: 73 Quinn's Road, Shankill, Co Dublin
  Tel: (01) 272 2105
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Organisation: Psychotherapy - IAHIP
  Address: 44 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
  Tel: (01) 284 1665
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Organisation: Psychotherapy - ICPA
  Address: 2, Dungar Terrace, Northumberland Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
  Tel: (01) 284 3336
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Organisation: Psychotherapy - IFPP
  Address: St Saviour's, Dorset Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 451 3076 / 087-284 5637
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Organisation: Psychotherapy - IGAS
  Address: Global House, 29 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 878 6486
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Organisation: Irish Association for Psychotherapy in Primary Care
  Address: 35 Merchants Road, Galway
  Tel: 091 565814
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