Ita O'Brien MBACP (Accred)

Ita O'Brien MBACP (Accred)

West Hill House
6 Swain's Lane
N6 6QS

15 - 23 St Pancras Way

07984 348574

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West Hill House
6 Swain's Lane
N6 6QS

15 - 23 St Pancras Way

07984 348574

About me

I have worked as a counsellor for 23 years. I offer humanistic counselling sessions in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. I also offer counselling to clients who are in recovery from addiction.

I work in the following areas of London:

1. Camden - NW1 0PT
2. Highgate – N6 6QS.

I work with adults from different backgrounds who have decided to engage in counselling sessions. This can lead to more self awareness and a deeper understanding of your situation.

Sometimes it can be helpful to talk about what is happening in your life with someone who is impartial. This can be especially supportive when life is challenging and can enable you to speak more openly. It can enable you to gain insight your life, past or present.


I worked as a counsellor for four years in a family service women’s project. This included carrying out assessments and one to one counseling sessions.

I trained in addiction counselling and worked with adults and young people in various settings. . This was an opportunity for the clients to explore their addiction in a counselling and group therapy setting. The goal of the treatment programme was for the clients to achieve abstinence and explore ways of retaining it.

At the first session I complete an assessment. So that I can fully support you in our sessions it is helpful for me to have information about your past and present circumstances. This can lead me to finding out more about you and why you have come to counselling. It gives you time to ask any questions and talk about any concerns you may have. This session is time for both of us to decide if we want to work together.

I offer you support in exploring and reflecting on your situation. Through ongoing exploration in our sessions feelings can emerge which can lead to more clarity. Sometimes feelings around a situation can be uncomfortable. During these times I support you in going at your pace and allowing you the time to explore what is happening in your life.

It is my attention to always offer empathy, understanding, and genuineness. I also seek clarification to enable me to gain full understanding of your situation.

I am an accredited counsellor with British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Their aim is to ensure a high standard of clinical practice. This includes Continuing Personal and Professional Development plus Supervision.

I list below an article about Humanistic Therapy which I found on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s website, (BACP).

Humanistic Therapy - BACP

Coming from the "personal growth movement" this approach encourages people to think about their feelings and take responsibility for their thoughts and actions.  Emphasis is on self-development and achieving highest potential. "Client-Centred" or "Non-Directive" approach is often used and the therapy can be described as "holistic" or looking at person as a whole.  The client's creative instincts may be used to explore and resolve personal issues.

There are times in our lives when counselling can be helpful, e.g. bereavement, relationship difficulties, employment issues, etc. It can take courage to seek help outside our usual support, e.g, friends/family. Often we are used to relying on ourselves to sort out what is happening in our lives.

Counselling is not about getting advice. Instead I provide a confidential environment in which together we can talk about and reflect on your current and past situations, which may have caused or be causing you unhappiness. This could enable you to get a clearer picture of what you are experiencing in your life. It can also give you a better understanding of yourself and your situation.

It can help make sense of difficulties you are having whether it is with work, home or social situations and identify any changes you would like to make.

Exploring issues in counselling can support you in creating a more satisfying, authentic life and help you develop your ability to relate to others. It can also be positive to explore the relationship between your physical and emotional health. This can also lead to more resilience and enhanced awareness.

There is an opportunity to explore childhood issues, which can lead to more understanding of the adult self.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Lewisham College

Diploma in Addiction Counselling - RAPT

Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - The Grove Practice

Certificate in Person Centred Supervision - Psychology Matters

I continue to attend short training courses to keep my knowledge and skills up to date

Member organisations



My fees are 50 pounds for a 50 minute session. I offer a limited number of sessions @ 30 pounds for anyone who is a student or on a low income.

Maps & Directions

London, N6 6QS
London, NW1 0PT

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available during the day from Mondays to Thursdays. I have some availability on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. I can also offer early morning sessions.

Types of client

Older adults
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