A registered and independent counsellor and psychotherapist, I provide individual Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counselling Supervision and Couples Counselling in Hereford both IN PERSON and ONLINE. I also facilitate Personal Development and Therapy Groups. My practice is within easy reach of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye.
This is my job; what I do for a living; have conversations with people, be with them, helping them through times of difficulty, doubt, uncertainty and despair. It’s a risky business though; we might speak the unspeakable, hear the unhearable, feel the unfeelable, see the unseeable, touch the untouchable. That’s risky then, daring to hear, see, feel, touch, speak and sense that which has had no permission before. Therapy often begin’s with fear; everyone I’ve worked with has said that phoning me was one of the hardest things they ever did.
But.... you can only start from where you are!
In my Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, I work with clients from all walks of life who sense they are at some ‘critical point’ in their lives; perhaps stuck, confused and unsure of the way forward - at a crossroads. Discovering meaning and purpose in these ‘places’ can be transforming and help realise new perspectives and horizons. The continual struggle, when self-esteem is low, can feel overwhelming, and it can often take great courage to ask for help or support.
With more than 30 years experience, my approach can now only be described as eclectic and thus very much 'tailored' to the individuals, couples or groups I work with. My clients find me insightful, intuitive, humourous, pragmatic and down-to-earth. I hope I bring gravitas and integrity to my work, believing that my own limitations and imperfections are only human. I am fortunate to be able to draw on the rich experience of working with many skillful trainers and therapists, and the courage, integrity and uniqueness of my clients. My approach gives those I work with, the permission, support, and challenge, to be more of who they truly are.O''Donohue"
I live in Hereford with my wife, and am a father and stepfather to five children. I play the piano, sing a little and write poetry - a little. My background has taken me into some weird, wonderful, frightening and ordinary places, both metaphorically and actually. I've run my own restaurant and shop, exhibited and published my photographs, lectured in photographic arts, done my fair share of manual work, performed, recorded and produced both my own and others music, been ordained as an Interfaith Minister and have the spurious accolade of topping an independent music chart for a whole week!
Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org)
UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor (www.ukrconline.org.uk)
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior Accredited Psychotherapist & Counsellor - The National Counselling Society
Registered Counsellor - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors
New Seminary - Oxford, Comparative Theology, Practical Ministry, Spiritual Counselling.
Ordained Interfaith Minister
Advanced Gestalt Psychotherapy Training (Gestalt SouthWest)
Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy & Counselling)
Trauma and Phobia Therapy (Uncommon Knowledge)
Member of British Assoc. of Counselling & Psychotherapy
In addition to my therapy practice, I am an experienced Supervisor, having worked in various contexts with therapists in addiction treatment centres, counselling agencies and with both trainee and student counsellors. I also run personal development and therapy groups.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70 per session for individuals (one hour)
Couples £100 (one and a half hours)
I am available Monday-Thursday between 9.00 - 4.10
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