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About me

Are you struggling with anxiety or low mood?  Do you feel stuck,  or overwhelmed by challenges in your life or in your relationships?  I work with adults and young people to make sense of their feelings, manage their anxiety and make positive changes in their lives.

How can counselling help?

You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety, loss or depression. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed at work or in your personal relationships. Perhaps you have developed unhealthy coping strategies such as using alcohol, food or other substances/behaviours to sooth difficult feelings. If so, I can help.

As a Humanistic counsellor, I believe that our natural tendency is towards change and growth but that this can become stunted through difficult life experiences and patterns. By exploring how you form your beliefs and relate to yourself and  others, you can increase your awareness, develop self-compassion and have more choice and control in how you live your life.

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced Humanistic counsellor working in private practise and the voluntary sector.  Before training as a counsellor, I worked for for many years with large organisations and have a deep understanding of work-related pressures and their impact on family and personal relationships. Over the past 6 years I've also supported many people in addressing addictive/compulsive behaviours, including those related to alcohol, food and internet/social media.

Getting started

It's very important when looking for a counsellor that you find someone that you are comfortable to work with. The first step will be for us to have an introductory phone call so I can understand your reasons for seeking counselling and we can see how we work together.

Once we are happy to go ahead with counselling, we will arrange to meet regularly.  Currently, due to restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic,  this will be by video or telephone call.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling
  • Certificate in Brief Therapy

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Additional information

From £50 per hour depending on location

I offer a limited number of slots at concessionary rate for trainee counsellors, please contact me for details.

Availability

I offer early morning and evening sessions.  Daytime sessions may also be available

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

I offer vidoe and telephone sessions to people who are unable to travel or who have accessibility requirements.

Aileen O'Farrell MBACP

Aileen O'Farrell MBACP