Irene O'Reilly, MBACP (Snr Accred) Counsellor, Therapist & Supervisor
Choosing a counsellor can be a difficult and daunting experience and it is really only when you meet a person face to face that you know whether you will feel comfortable with them. With this in mind, I offer an initial session with no obligation to continue. This is an opportunity for us to meet one another and to decide then the best way forward.
Quite often, people do not know how long they need to see a therapist for and much depends on what is going on in a persons life at any particular time. A first meeting can be used to look at what the issues are and how to move forward from there - as everyone is different there is no "one size fits all"
I am considered to be warm, friendly and approachable and I offer a confidential and sensitive space geared to your individual concerns and needs. Counselling can be short-term from a few weeks or months to long term in-depth therapy which can be over some years.
Having trained in the person-centred approach I have developed my counselling practice to the point where I have integrated other models into my practice. I have undergone EMDR training which is considered to be very successful in treating PTSD and all types of trauma and now offer this to those who feel they would benefit from this approach.
I have also worked for MIND counselling adults who have suffered with anxiety, depression, low self esteem and - in many situations - just struggling with the stress of everyday life and living!
In the NHS I support parents and carers of children who have life limiting and life-threatening medical conditions as well as well as those who are bereaved.
If you are a trainee or qualified counsellor looking for counselling supervision, I hold a Post Grad Diploma in Integrative Supervision and offer both individual and group supervision. I have provided group supervision to counsellors working for MIND and I currently supervise counsellors working for a bereavement charity and hospice as well as a charity supporting non-abusing parents of children who have been sexually abused.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (BACP Accredited). I am a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Following my initial training I went on to undertake a post-grad Diploma in Integrative Supervision and subsequently IAPT (NHS) Supervisor Training at Surrey University.
Other training includes:
- EMDR Europe Accredited Training
- Working with dissociative disorders in clinical practice
- Post slavery syndrome and intergenerational trauma
- Working somatically with trauma
- UK/European Training on Addictive Disorders
- Working with Eating Disorders
- LGBT+ Inclusion training
- Divorce Support Group - counselling individuals going through separation or divorce
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Being of Irish origin, I have a very keen interest in cultural and identity issues as well as individual and inter-generational trauma.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and fees are:
Initial meeting - £30
Regular sessions - £50
SUPERVISION - £60 for 1.5 hours
If you are unable to get through to me on my mobile, please leave a message on my voicemail or email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.