Caroline O'Keeffe (Dip, Registered MBACP)
Hello there. Are you struggling with feelings that are overwhelming? Or struggling to feel anything at all? I can offer you a caring and supportive space to work this through. I'm an experienced Integrative Counsellor so can draw on a range of counselling approaches and strategies to meet your unique, individual needs. However, my main concern will always be to build a positive and equal therapeutic relationship between us where you can feel accepted and respected, heard and understood. Whatever brings you to counselling, I hope that together we can make sense of your experiences and enable you to move forwards in a purposeful and positive way. I will always be interested to hear your ideas about what feels right and what may be most helpful during the counselling process. I will not tell you what to do nor give you ‘all the answers’, but I will offer a facilitative space where you can find these for yourself.
I will endeavour to help you feel comfortable and engaged throughout the counselling process and am committed to providing you with the best possible service. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling (Registration no. 373270). Thus I uphold the professional standards of the BACP and adhere to its Ethical Framework of Good Practice. Having been on the receiving end of therapeutic support myself, I understand both the challenges and great rewards of the experience.
I have worked as a Counsellor at Sheffield Mind and also the University of Sheffield Counselling Service supporting clients across a wide range of issues including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, bereavement, relationship break-up, sexual identity, work stress, bullying, anger, domestic abuse, parenting issues, childhood neglect and abuse, the impact of chronic trauma, self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, sexual assault, psychosis, personality disorders. In addition to my private counselling practice, I work as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor at the University of Sheffield. This involves offering caring and empathic support to students who are experiencing a range of mental health difficulties as well as students who have diagnoses of A.D.H.D and Aspergers.
I have worked as a Volunteer Support Worker at a local domestic abuse project and also spent several years offering on-line emotional support to women who had experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss. Prior to becoming a Counsellor I worked for many years as a researcher at both of the Universities in Sheffield. Much of this work focused on supporting vulnerable people with complex mental health issues, to make positive changes in their lives and also to identify the underlying causes of vulnerability.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP Registered Member - MBACP
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited by the National Counselling Society)
- Certificate in Foundations of Counselling (accredited by the National Counselling Society)
- M.A in Socio-Legal Studies
- B.A (Hons) in Communication Studies.
Examples of Further Training
- Working with Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
- Domestic Abuse Awareness
- Working with Autism
- Experiential Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Caring for people with Psychosis and Schizophrenia
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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I work with adults of all ages, however I have a particular interest and expertise in working with young adults (18 - 25 years).
To help us decide if I am the right Counsellor for you, I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation. If you prefer to talk via email or phone rather than face-to- face, that's fine too. Thereafter, I charge £45 per hour for face to face counselling.
In our first session, we can get a sense of how well we might work together and also discuss practical issues such as confidentiality. Following that you can attend sessions weekly or whatever suits your needs.
Daytime, evening and weekend sessions are available for both short and long term work. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and hold full Professional Indemnity insurance. I work from comfortable, easily accessible premises in S11.