Brian ODonovan, Adv Dip Counselling, BA Psychology,
I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist experienced in helping people with emotional and psychological difficulties that arise in their lives, I am also a trained NHS Youth Counsellor.
There are times in our lives when we experience difficulties that can sometimes lead us to question and doubt our ability to cope, our confidence is challenged and we begin to doubt ourselves, we may begin to feel anxious and our mood becomes depressed.
Sharing our thoughts when we feel low or anxious can really help to understand why you are feeling the way you are. Perhaps we need to be “heard” to talk about feelings and issues we would never share with others. Your feelings may have roots in your past, or may stem from current emotional dilemmas, it is not always easy to say how we became to feel the way we do, this is where counselling can help you explore the issues and move forward with your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an advanced Diploma in therapeutic counselling, I have a first degree in Psychology and I am currently studying for an MA in Existential Coaching.
I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling And Psychotherapy). As a MBACP member, I work to their ethical framework.
I have experience in working with a range of issues including, anxiety, depression, Panic attacks, stress, relationship and interrelation issues, identity and gender-based issues. My experience also includes working with issues around Abuse, Trauma, loss and bereavement, marital issues (breakdown/divorce) and identity.
I have experience working with the misuse of drugs and alcohol and issues related to these problems and work on a voluntary basis for a leading Drug and Alcohol Mental Health service.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I offer an initial free telephone or video consultation, to explore the reasons why you are looking for counselling. It offers you an opportunity to ask me any questions about counselling.
My usual fees are £40.00 to £50.00 per session, however, I offer concessions for students, the unemployed, and the elderly.
In our initial session, whether this is by telephone, video or face to face, we can explore us working together and should you decide to proceed we will arrange future appointments, dates and times. All sessions are 50 minutes in duration.
I ask that should you need to cancel an appointment you give as much notice as you are able to, and should you cancel with less than 24 hours I will have to charge for this at the usual rate. There is no charge for holiday breaks if informed in advance.
Concessions offered for
I am available to take on new clients, I observe the government's current Covid guidelines so telephone and online sessions are my preferred option. Open to earlier or later times