Frank O'Donovan MA -Wimbledon & Guy's Hosp. UKCP Psychotherapist & Counsellor
I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor accredited by UPCA and a registered member of UKCP.
Prior to becoming a therapist I enjoyed a long and successful career in finance in Central London. Having always had an interest in psychotherapy, I changed careers in my early 50s and gained a Master's degree in psychotherapy and full accreditation as a psychotherapist some years later.
I have worked in a wide variety of counselling settings including the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust at Guy's hospital, HM Pentonville Prison, a bereavement centre and a university where I worked with a wide range of people of different ages, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The issues and concerns I have worked with include depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, loss, crisis, sexual abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders, lack of meaning in life. I also worked at a centre for survivors of sexual abuse and male rape.
How I work:
The focus of the work will be to explore the concerns and issues you may have about your life in a safe and supportive setting. The work will be collaborative and our aim will be to help you understand more about who you are and who you want to be. I am also interested in working with people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and members of sexual minorities.
While we each carry our own hopes and expectations of life, sometimes our lives can feel empty and meaningless, we seem to be drifting and disappointed. Starting counselling and experiencing a therapeutic relationship could be the start of healing and growth and discovering a different approach to life.
Issues we can explore:
Psychotherapy can help at times when we feel isolated or experiencing a major life change, such as:
- relationship issues
- panic disorder
- Issues of sexuality and gender can be discussed in an open and honest way
- family issues can be explored without tension, guilt or recrimination.
Psychotherapy should feel supportive but also challenging - how else will your life take on a different course? Working together we will identify your negative thinking patterns and work on solutions that can open your life to new possibilities.
At the first session we can explore your situation, how you are feeling and your expectations of therapy - there is no obligation on you to commit to further sessions nor any commitment required to a minimum number of sessions.
I work short term (up to 6 to 8 sessions), as well as long term therapy or open ended therapy.
I accept cash or debit/credit cards at the end of each session.
Off-street parking is available at Wimbledon.
My training is integrative which means that I draw upon a range of different therapeutic models but is essentially humanistic and existential. This means that I value your subjective experience and in our sessions the work will be tailored to your individual needs.
I subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the UKCP, and I am fully covered by Professional Liability Insurance.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial psychotherapy training was at Birkbeck College (University of London) where I gained a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychology.
I subsequently gained a Masters Degree (MA) in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University through my studies at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London.
I am fully accredited with the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have extensive experience working with clients with:
- depression and anxiety
- relationship issues
- LGBT* issues
- loss and bereavement counselling
- survivors of sexual abuse.
I have been trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) at Guy's Hospital, London, where I worked for nearly four years as an honorary counsellor.
I have also worked as a counsellor at a bereavement centre, university, sexual abuse centre and at HM Pentonville Prison.
I continue to attend workshops and seminars as part of my professional development.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
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- Wimbledon, SW20:
pre 9.00am - negotiable per session
9.00am onwards - individuals: £80 -per session; couple £100 per session
- Guy's Hospital, SE1 - individuals: £90 per session; couples: £110 per session
There is no obligation on you to commit to further sessions nor any commitment required to a minimum number of sessions.
I accept cash or cards at the end of each session.
Please note that missed sessions or sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are charged at full fee, except in exceptional circumstances.
Concessions for students and low income earners may be available for therapy at Wimbledon before 5.00pm.
Registered Practioner with Aviva Health UK Ltd.
The duration of the session is 50 minutes and takes place at the same time and day each week.
I can offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments at Wimbledon, SW20, and evenings (5.00pm onwards) at Guy's Hospital, subject to availability.
Directions, SW20 :
My practice location is on Coombe Lane, mid-way between Cambridge Rd and Ave (Avenue) Rd.
Car: Off street parking available
Bus: Route 57, Cambridge Rd stop (either direction) 3 minutes walk away.
Overground Rail: Raynes Park station 10 mins walk. 57 Bus picks up outside station and then 3 stops.
Bicycle: Secure parking available.
Directions, Munro Centre, Guy's Hospital, SE1:
Tube/Rail: nearest station is London Bridge, 5 minute walk.
see 'Travelling to Guy's Hospital':
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
SW20: Monday - Friday: daytime - early morning and some evenings. Guys Hospital: weekday evenings, 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Types of client