Donna O'Connor BSc.(Hons) MBACP(registered)
I believe that when I welcome you to counselling, you leave everything at the door and walk in purely as a human being - no different from me, yet unique and beautiful in your individuality.
Admitting to yourself that you need help is not easy - most of us want to be able to cope with every-day stresses and strains and manage life events and changes easily, but the truth of it is, it's not always possible.
Counselling offers you a very private, personal space to embark on your journey of discovery, to look at what's going on for you, and around you - your sorrows and joys, your relationships, your loves and your hates, your reactions to situations and others, your ways of coping (or not) with the things life seems to throw at you.
In building a trusting and honest therapeutic relationship with a professional counsellor who can be by your side as you journey into yourself, you can discover aspects of your self that have been hidden - perhaps for a long time - which may point you towards answers to the questions that many human beings ask:
"Why am I here?"
"What is it all about?"
"How did it come to this?"
"Who am I really?"
"What do I want?"
"Who do I want?"
"Where do I go from here?"
Perhaps things in your life are changing and you are frightened but can't let anyone see your vulnerabilities and frailties.
Much of our work will be in the 'here and now', exploring what things mean for you, both in and outside of the therapeutic space and often this can link to reactions you had in the past, offering insights into some of the fears and anxieties you have in life to-day. I have a particular interest in Existential theories and philosophies, which can work well with mature individuals and those seeking meaning in their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied for five years to become a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and trained integratively, drawing from several theoretical modalities to inform my practice including Person Centred Rogerian theory, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Psychodynamic theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I offer face-to-face, telephone and Skype counselling and work with adults and with adolescents/teenagers. Home visits to elderly and disabled clients are available under certain circumstances and after an assessment.
I am committed to continuing my professional development and regularly attend professional training to enhance my practice and expand my knowledge.
I have experience in working within the private sector with a multiculturally diverse mix of clients, and experience of working within the NHS, facilitating client exploration of many and varied workplace and personal issues. I also have extensive experience of working with women and women's issues within the voluntary, charity and private sectors.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Empty nest anxiety' - coping with change when children leave home;
Midlife / existential crisis - male and female;
Living with disability;
Parents and guardians of children with mental health challenges;
Parents and guardians of children on the Autistic spectrum;
Pet bereavement and adjusting to life without your pet;
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse - male and female;
Survivors of rape and sexual violence - male and female;
Survivors of domestic violence - male and female
Fees are as follows:
Initial 20-30 minute telephone consultation/assessment - FREE
Monday to Friday:
8.30am - 9.30am £50
9.30am - 3.50pm £40 (SPECIAL DAYTIME ONLY RATE IN MORDEN)
4pm -7pm £50
7pm 10pm £55.
Initial telephone consultation/assessment - FREE
50 minute session - £40.00
I welcome referrals from employers, EAP's and from GP / IAPT services.
I am a member of a group practice of male and female psychotherapeutic counsellors called Counselling Wimbledon, working close to South Wimbledon tube station on the Northern Line on Tuesdays. I also have a small practice in Morden, Surrey working daytimes only, and can also offer Skype sessions.
I am a registered member of the BACP (registration number 117884) and respect and abide by the codes of ethical practice of both the BACP and UKCP.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays, Monday to Friday, plus one evening per week (Tuesday). Telephone and Skype sessions available. Home visits - under certain circumstances following assessment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|