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                                        Frequently asked
                                        questions about
                                        Couple & Individual


      Couple & Individual Counselling

      Children and Family Law           AIM
 2.   Civil Nullity
 3.   Cohabitation
 4.   Divorce                           SERVICES
 5.   Domestic Violence
 6.   Family Home                       COUPLE & INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING
 7.   Judical Separation                FAMILY LAW INFORMATION
 8.   Legal Marriage                    Tel: 01 6708363
                                        Fax: 01 6708365
 9.   Maintenace                        e-mail:
10.   Separation Agreements   
AIM Family Services has been in existence since             judgemental. These skills of listening, attending      IS COUNSELLING CONFIDENTIAL?
1972 and is a registered charity. It provides a             and reflecting are the loom on which the                AIM Counselling Service is confidential. There may
comprehensive Counselling and Mediation Service.            counsellor/client relationship is woven.               be some rare exceptions to this assurance, for
AIM also offers a free drop-in and telephone                                                                       instance, where it is deemed that someone poses
helpline, Mon-Fri 10.00am-1.00pm, providing legal                                                                  a threat to themselves or others or when a child
information on separation and family law issues.            WILL THE COUNSELLOR TELL ME WHAT TO                    could be at risk.
Offices at 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2.                         DO?
Phone 016708363.                                            The role of the counsellor is not to “sort out”,
email;                         or decide for the client what is best for them.        HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL IT TAKE?
Website;                           The counsellor is trained in the areas of human        This is up to the individual or couple as they
                                                            personality, motivation, growth and in the practice    ultimately determine how many sessions they
                                                            of counselling skills. S/he uses these professional    want, but the general consensus is that six to ten
WHAT IS COUNSELLING?                                        skills and appropriate theoretical models to           sessions is deemed beneficial for change to occur.
Counselling is the nurturing, trusting relationship         facilitate clients in the process of finding answers
between client(s) and facilitator (counsellor). The         for themselves.
chief aim of this counselling relationship is to                                                                   HOW LONG IS A SESSION?
facilitate the client(s) in structuring his/her thinking,                                                          Each counselling session is an hour long and
evaluating objectives, identifying goals and                WHO COMES LOOKING FOR COUNSELLING?                     takes place in our premises at 64 Dame St, by
assisting attainment of those goals. Counselling            Individuals of all age groups and relationship         appointment only.
takes place in direct response to an individuals            types. Couples whether married, cohabiting or
need to deal with problem areas in their lives. It          same sex and the children affected by relationship
promotes the examining of options open to them              breakdown. In fact, all those who are seeking          WHAT COUNSELLING APPROACH DOES AIM
and in finding new ways of coping with life’s                help with significant life issues and are looking for   USE?
challenges.                                                 change in their lives.                                 AIM Counselling Service uses an integrative
                                                                                                                   approach with emphasis on CBT (cognitive
                                                                                                                   behavioural therapy) and client centred values.
Counselling offers other ways of looking at                 COMING TO AIM FOR COUNSELLING?
situations. It facilitates clients in examining their       Individuals and couples come to counselling for a      HOW CAN I AVAIL OF AIM’S COUNSELLING
options by making available another perspective,            number of reasons. There can be issues in coping       SERVICE?
which may result in different options or actions            with relationship difficulties or trauma coping with    AIM Family Services provide a confidential
being considered. The process of counselling                relationship breakdown. Other matters can include      Counselling service that can be accessed by
should foster a sense of self-awareness.                    families in transition, anger management, anxiety,     contacting our Administrator for an appointment,
Facilitation, through counselling, aids the client in       addiction, depression, bereavement and loss of all     by phone at 01 6708363 or by email at
finding answers for themselves, because only s/he            kinds, past abuse, bullying or life cycle issues.
knows what will work.

                                                            DO I NEED MY SPOUSE/PARTNER FOR                        HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE COUNSELLOR?                         RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING?                              The fee structure will be discussed at
The counsellor’s role is to facilitate clients in           Ideally yes. In most cases it is more effective        time of enquiry but please note that AIM
developing their own resources and help them                for both partners to participate in relationship       Counselling operates a sliding scale and has
work towards personal growth. The counsellor                counselling, but individuals can derive personal       an accommodation in place for the unwaged or
facilitates through active listening, empathising,          strength, direction and support from counselling.      student.
interventions and being completely non

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