Dr Sheila O'Sullivan
I have been working as an integrative psychotherapist for 19 years. This means that I am trained in a variety of approaches so can adapt my style to best suit the needs of the client The modalities that I have been trained in are Person Centred/humanistic, Psychodynamic, Body Psychotherapy, Mindfulness based CBT and Compassion focused therapy. The Person Centred approach takes the view that the client has their own inner knowing, while the psychodynamic approach helps to make links with childhood experiences and how that is influencing the present. My training in Body Psychotherapy helps clients to make links between their mind and body and to have a more embodied sense of self. Mindfulness based CBT is a way of working that helps the client to recognise and change their thinking patterns and to find ways to live in the present moment. I work both long-term and short-term, depending on the needs of the client. I have experience of working with depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, and relationship difficulties.
I am also interested in working with individuals/couples who are childless because of infertility or they have chosen not to have children. Being a parent too brings up ambivalent feelings and I am happy to explore these feelings with individuals and couples.
I believe that counselling provides an opportunity to explore your particular situation in non-judgmental situation. My consulting rooms are in a quiet garden setting.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Chiron Centre. I am UKCP registered and I am a member of the BACP. I also have a Diploma in Integrative Supervision. I have trained in post-traumatic stress and symptom focused short-term therapy. I have trained too in mindfulness based cognitive therapy and I am interested in how are thinking patterns affect our overall sense of self and well-being. I have also trained in Compassion Focused therapy.. I work for a number of EAPs so have experience of working with a very wide range of issues.
I also offer supervision for individuals and groups. I have had many years of experience of working in schools as a teacher and in other capacities so have an excellent understanding of the challenges of working in education.
I gained my PhD in psychoanalytic studies in November 2016 and my subject specialism was an exploration of how psychoanalytic practitioners understand the decision whether or not to become a parent.
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fertility and infertility and ambivalent parenthood.
Starting from £60 or a 50 minute session. I do offer concessions, depending on circumstances.
Before training as a psychotherapist, I worked as a teacher and have experience of working in primary, secondary, further and higher education. I continue to teaching counselling and psychology in universities and I am committed to continuing with my personal and professional development and I see this as a life long process.