Darina O'Keeffe

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Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist (BPC, MBACP)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

London N7 & SE12
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

You may be experiencing a range of difficult emotions, thoughts and feelings that are difficult to make sense of. You may be stuck in an endless cycle of dissatisfying experiences, or you may be troubled by painful past memories and finding it difficult to cope in everyday life.  
Alongside private practice, I have worked within HMPPS, so I have experience with a wide range of difficulties and thoughts that can feel debilitating and disturbing. 

Through therapy, we can together understand and work through your pain. Therapy can help you lead a more fulfilling life by promoting positive change and increased personal growth. I hope to support you in your journey towards this.

It is important to remember that improving one's wellbeing by coming to therapy is a courageous step forward in your life. So, it is essential that you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose.  My aim is to provide you with a safe and containing space in order for you to communicate your individual experiences. The therapeutic relationship we develop is the most significant aspect of our work together and can help us make sense of your inner world. 

My approach is Psychodynamic Therapy.  
The belief is that pain manifests in different ways for everyone, and that there are usually underlying causes to make sense of and work through. Making sense of this can aid people to lead a more fulfilling life. 

 If you decide to go ahead with therapy, we can have an initial 15 minute phone call free of charge to discuss the process. You can call or email me to book a phone call. If I miss your call, you can leave me a voice message with your contact number and I will return your call. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Clinical training in Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy- Tavistock and Portman NHS

PostGraduate Diploma Psychodynamic Practice- University of Oxford

Postgraduate Certificate Psychodynamic Counselling- University of Oxford  

BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy- Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Psychoanalytic Council


£60.00 - £65.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

All of my concession spaces are currently full. 

When I work

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Further information

All sessions will be remote via zoom. There will be an option to come face to face in the future. The therapy will be once or twice  weekly for 50 minutes.  I do not offer fortnightly sessions. 

I offer a 15 minute telephone conversation free of charge before you make a decision to book an initial session. 

London, Greater London, N7

London, Greater London, SE12

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Darina O'Keeffe
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