As a first step to accessing therapeutic support for their child/ren, parents and guardians can schedule a consultation appointment to discuss their concerns, whether Play/ Creative Therapy might be suited or whether there might be home or school strategies that could help as well. Below are some pointers to keep in mind with regard to booking a Consultation:
The Consultation appointment will be attended by the parent/s only, without the child/ren.
It tends to work best if all parents involved in the child's life attend the initial consultation. If necessary, individual consultation appointments can be scheduled for separated parents/ partners. All legal guardians need to consent to a child attending therapy in order to proceed with therapy sessions.
Consultations take between 1.5 and 2 hours.
At the consultation appointment we will discuss your concerns for your child/ren and their life history in detail as well as potential strategies that might support your child at home/ in school if possible. We will also discuss how Play/ Creative Therapy works in depth and whether this might benefit your child.
If therapy is indicated as the next step, parents are asked to provide a list of days and times that would suit for weekly standing therapy appointments. If a suitable day/ time is found and available, this will be offered for your child to start sessions. If no suitable time is currently available, your child will go on a waiting list. Waiting times fluctuate but are generally shorter for for morning/ midday appointments, and longer for after-school appointments. The more flexible parents are to facilitate different days/ times for appointments, the shorter the wait generally.
The fee for the consultation is 75,-Euro. The full fee will need to be paid by bank transfer within 3 days of provisionally booking the appointment. Agreed appointments will be held on a provisional basis for 3 working days to allow time for payment. The paid fee is refundable in line with the cancellation policy outlined below.
Re-Scheduling/ Cancellation Policy: If a booked and paid for consultation appointment is cancelled more than 3 full working days (Mon-Fri) before the scheduled appointment , the full fee is refundable. In cases of later cancellation, the fee is non-refundable.
On the day: Attending the Consultation Appointment
Parents Only – please do not bring your child/ren to the appointment as the consultation will not be able to go ahead with your child/ren in the room.
If the €60 fee (or a portion thereof) has not been paid as of yet, it will be charged on the day. Payments accepted: Cash, Bank Transfer
There is no requirement to bring any documentation with you. However, if there are professionals' reports/ referrals for your child or court orders that are relevant, it would expedite matters to bring along copies of these. Please note that no court or school reports will be issued by the therapist unless the therapist considers it to be in the best interest of the child and therapy has been completed; exceptions and fees apply.
How many sessions will it take? This will depend on the child and is decided with help of the initial consultation and on-going reviews. Some children respond well to short-term interventions of 8 weeks. However, the more complex or long-term the child’s needs are, the longer therapy will necessarily take. Importantly, sessions will develop at the child’s pace. Reviews between parents and the therapist every 5-6 weeks will look at how things are going and when to conclude therapy.
The office address is: 7 The Crescent, O'Connell Avenue, Limerick City, V94 A4NF.
Play Therapy (a form of Child Counselling/ Child Therapy/ Child Psychotherapy) and Creative Therapy (a form of Adult Counselling/ Adult Therapy/ Psychotherapy) and Clinical Supervision/ Creative Supervision is provided by a trained and experienced Accredited Play Therapist, Janine Nehrig. Janine is
a member of Play Therapy Ireland PTIrl, the Psychological Society of
Ireland PSI and the Register of
Play and Creative Arts Therapists, Accredited Register, accredited and
regulated by the UK government Professional Standards Authority PSA. Clinical Supervision is further accepted by the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists IACAT. ARCH Creative and Play Therapy Centre is located in Limerick City, County Limerick, Munster and is within convenient reach of nearby villages and cities such as Abbeyfeale, Adare, Annacotty, Askeaton, Ballina, Ballybrophy, Ballycahill, Ballyhahill, Ballyhea, Ballylanders, Birr, Borrisoleigh, Broadford, Bruff, Bruree, Caherconlish, Cappagh, Cappamore, Castleconnell, Charleville, Clarecastle, Cloonlara, Croagh, Croom, Crusheen, Dolla, Doon, Dromcollogher, Ennis, Ennistymon, Fedamore, Foynes, Glin, Grange, Hospital, Kildimo, Kilfannane, Kilkishen, Killaloe, Kilmallock, Kilmurry, Kilrush, Lisnagry, Milford, Mitchelstown, Montpelier, Murroe, Nenagh, Newcastle West, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Newport, Newtown, Patrickswell, Quin, Rathkeale, Roscrea, Shannon, Sixmilebridge, Tarbert, Templemore, Thurles, Tipperary Town, Toomvara, Tulla, Tullamore, County Clare, North Tipperary, South Tipperary, County Kerry, County Cork, Munster.