Diane O'Callaghan - BPF & BPC registered

Diane O'Callaghan - BPF & BPC registered

Forest Hill

07779 782374

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Forest Hill

07779 782374

About me

I am an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist having originally completed my training in 1996 and having since completed another more intensive training in 2005. I have worked for 30 years in mental health and for over 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice. I am a senior member of the London Centre for Psychotherapy (now part of BPF). I also worked in MIND affiliated mental health charities for about 10 years. Before working in this area I was employed in child care and community work both of which provided valuable insights informing my development as a psychotherapist.

I offer individual psychotherapy and counselling. I have worked with people suffering from disabling anxieties as well as feelings of despair and depression, difficulties in relationships and problems of social isolation. Often the root problem behind whatever symptoms one is experiencing involves a tendency to be very self-critical resulting in an inability to sufficiently support yourself through hard times.This is commonly called having low self-esteem. When someone has low self-esteem they are vulnerable to many other difficulties which can become harder and harder to combat. It can become a 'vicious' circle with a lack of internal resources needed to provide internal support. This is the kind of situation that leads to people needing help from the outside. It becomes impossible to do it on one's own.

In my practice these difficulties are worked on and through in the regular and frequent sessions and over time the aim is to achieve a more lasting strength and confidence that becomes ingrained and reliable. The patient can then work towards ending their therapy in a much stronger state where they can really rely on themselves. It is often a demanding and difficult process to strengthen the sense of self, and it does take time, but many people feel it is invaluable. However, for the outcome to be successful commitment and perseverance is needed from both parties.

Some of the symptoms people have presented with include the following:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • struggling with a bereavement
  • trauma
  • sexual problems
  • stress
  • eating disorders
  • destructive relationship patterns
  • other emotional difficulties.

I provide a safe setting to explore difficult and, sometimes, shameful, feelings that may not have been possible to talk about anywhere else. It becomes possible to explore destructive patterns of behaviour or thinking which have been interfering with your capacity for living life as fully as possible. Discovering and getting to know the sources of the problems can help with the process of dealing with them together with the feeling that someone is reliably there to help you work through them.

The setting is confidential and sessions are regular, and frequent, so that trust can develop over time and the problems can be worked on seriously. The process aims to, and usually does, help you to develop more self-awareness and an increased capacity for self-reliance in order to feel more at be peace with yourself and the outside world and to enable you to access and develop your creative potential in your own way.

If you think that what I am offering could be of interest to you please email or telephone me so that we can discuss whether to make an initial appointment to see me. It will help for us to speak on the phone before meeting so that there is a voice to connect with and so that we can ascertain whether having an appointment with me is a good first step for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Senior member of British Psychotherapy Foundation (formerly London Centre for Psychotherapy).
Trained in supervision with Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
30 years experience working with individuals and groups.
Over 10 years work for MIND.
Gestalt training and psychodrama courses.

Other training courses completed include:

Goldsmiths College - Groupwork
Institute of Group Analysis - Introductory Year

Areas of special

Shame - I have presented several talks on this subject.
Working in the 'here and now'- how psychoanalysis does this. I run courses for psychotherapists and counsellors on this subject.
Low self-esteem; attacking the sense of self.
The work of Bion, Klein, Joseph and Segal. Difficulties in thinking.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Feelings of being out of control, and social and other phobias. Feelings of dissatisfaction that are hard to name but are interfering with your quality of life.

Ares I specialise in:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • relationship difficulties
  • isolation
  • stress
  • eating problems
  • sexual difficulties
  • sexual identity
  • phobias
  • mood swings.

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My fee is £75 per session.

It is important to have a chance at the first meeting or meetings for us to think about whether you have come to the right place and if what I am offering is appropriate for  you. If we agree a few sessions to explore more frequent sessions over time this can give you an opportunity to experience what is involved in the process and for both of us to find out if we can work together at looking at, and resolving, your difficulties.

Where I work
My practice is located about 5 minutes walk from Forest Hill tube station. It is easy to get to from Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Sydenham,London Bridge, Surrey Quays, Croydon, Camberwell and Bromley. The setting is private and confidential.

If you would like to discuss having a consultation to find out if what I offer could be of help to you please phone or email me.

Further information


I have completed a training (WPF) in supervision and have many years of experience providing group and individual supervision.

If you are a counsellor, psychotherapist or work in another capacity in mental health and are seeking a supervisor I would be happy to discuss whether I might be able to offer the kind of supervision you are looking for. I worked as a supervisor for many years at Wimbledon Guild where I worked with Counsellors from many different training backgrounds. I now work as a supervisor for a psychotherapy organisation. I also supervise individual psychotherapists and counsellors at my private practice in Forest Hill.


I have run training courses on psychoanalytic concepts for counsellors, psychotherapists, and other professions interested in psychoanalytic thinking in order to develop their skills in working with others.

For example I have given talks and workshops on shame, transference, and 'working in the here and now'.

Maps & Directions

London, SE23

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am currently available for supervision only.

Types of client


Supervision & training

I have trained in supervision with Westminster Pastoral Foundation and have many years experience in supervising individuals and groups.

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