Diane O'Callaghan - BPF & BPC registered
I am an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist having originally completed my training in 1996 and having since completed another more intensive training in 2006. 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. As well as running a private practice I currently run an experiential group and a supervision group for trainees at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in Frome.
I offer individual psychotherapy and supervision in my private practice.
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 or very critical towards others. This can make it difficult to sufficiently support oneself through hard times. You may feel you suffer from 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.
Another problem that can be disabling is suffering from severe anxiety and not being able to understand where this is coming from and what you might be trying to tell yourself. Another reason you may seek therapy is after a bereavement when you may have trouble coping with the loss without help. These are some examples of what makes someone need to seek help to to become more able to manage feelings and thoughts. One may be in need of a space to be able to to face whatever is holding one back and to be helped to come to terms with the problems encountered or which have been avoided.
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:
- relationship issues
- struggling with a bereavement
- sexual problems
- eating disorders
- destructive relationship patterns
- other emotional difficulties.
The aim of the setting is to provide a chance to explore difficult and, sometimes, shameful, feelings that may not have been possible to talk about anywhere else. One can then 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 and the difficulties in taking them seriously 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 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 may 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
Training at British Psychotherapy Foundation (formerly London Centre for Psychotherapy) to become a senior psychotherapist 2003-2006
Training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy 1989-96 at Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy (AGIP)
Supervision training at Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
I have run a private practice for over 25 years offering psychoanalytic psychotherapy to individuals at a frequency of one to 3 times a week.
For over 15 years I ran weekly supervision groups for Counsellors in training or recently qualified at Wimbledon Guild.
Working with individuals in private practice in Bath.. I have run a private practice since 1996.
Previously worked for many years with MIND Associations in various capacities: Groupwork Co-ordinator; Counselling Co-ordinator; running a scheme for people with Agoraphobia; Befriending scheme.
Currently running supervision groups and an experiential group along psychoanalytic lines for counselling trainees at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in Frome, Somerset.
Other training courses completed include:
Goldsmiths College - Groupwork
Institute of Group Analysis - Introductory Year
Areas of special interest
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.
Groupwork and Supervision.
The work of Bion, Klein, Joseph and Segal. Difficulties in thinking and linking.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
Areas I specialise in:
- relationship difficulties
- eating problems
- sexual difficulties
- sexual identity
- mood swings.
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My fee is between £60 and £80 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. We may agree a few sessions to explore whether to decide to have regular ongoing sessions. 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
The practice is in the centre of Bath..
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 through the Counselling Directory.
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 and experiential group conductor at Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy in Frome. I also supervise individual psychotherapists and counsellors at a venue in the Chew Valley area ( about a thirty minute drive from Bristol, and Bath, and twenty minutes from Wells).
I have run training courses on psychoanalytic concepts for counsellors, psychotherapists, and other professionals 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, 'working in the here and now', and concepts developed by Wilfred Bion on difficulties in the capacity to think.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer supervision at a venue in the Chew Valley.
I do not have any space to take on new patients at the moment.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have trained in supervision with Westminster Pastoral Foundation and have many years experience in supervising individuals and groups.View supervision profile