Donna O'Connor BSc.(Hons) UPCA (Clinical Member) MBACP(Registered)
In uncertain times we, as human beings, can struggle with not-knowing; be anxious over what the future might look like; be finding relationships difficult or be unable to sit in our here-and-now. Therapy can offer a space in which to explore and process this.
I believe that when I welcome you to counselling, you leave everything at the door and walk in purely as a human being - no different from me, yet unique and beautiful in your individuality.
Admitting to yourself that you need help is not easy - most of us want to be able to cope with every-day stresses and strains and manage life events and changes easily, but the truth of it is, it's not always possible.
Counselling offers you a very private, personal space to embark on your journey of discovery, to look at what's going on for you, and around you - your sorrows and joys, your relationships, your loves and your hates, your reactions to situations and others, your ways of coping, or not coping, with the things life seems to throw at you.
In building a trusting and honest therapeutic relationship with a professional psychotherapist or counsellor who can be by your side as you journey into yourself, you can discover aspects of your self that have been hidden - perhaps for a long time - which may point you towards answers to the questions that many human beings ask:
"Why am I here?"
"What is it all about?"
"How did it come to this?"
"Who am I really?"
"What do I want?"
"Who do I want?"
"Where do I go from here?"
Perhaps things in your life are changing and you are frightened but can't let anyone see your vulnerabilities and frailties.
Much of our work will be in the 'here and now', exploring what things mean for you, both in and outside of the therapeutic space and often this can link to reactions you had in the past, offering insights into some of the fears and anxieties you have in life to-day. I have a particular interest in Existential theories and philosophies, which can work well with mature individuals and those seeking meaning in their lives and for adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Training, qualifications & experience
I studied for five years to become a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor and trained integratively, drawing from several theoretical modalities to inform my practice including Person Centred Rogerian theory, Existentialism and Phenomenology, Psychodynamic theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I offer face-to-face, telephone and Zoom/Skype counselling and Walk and Talk Therapy. I work with adults, and with adolescents/teenagers (16+). Home visits are available under certain circumstances and after an assessment. I welcome clients from the United Kingdom and abroad.
I am a VITALITY HEALTH Recognised provider. Please contact your insurer for an authorisation code after our initial telephone consultation, which is free of charge.
I am committed to continuing my professional development and regularly attend professional training to enhance my practice and expand my knowledge.
I have experience in working within the private sector with a multiculturally diverse mix of clients, and experience of working within the NHS, and Transport for London as a trauma therapist, facilitating client exploration of many and varied workplace and personal issues.
I have a lot of experience of working with clients from the Arts professions including actors, writers, performers and artists.
I also have extensive experience of working within the voluntary, charity and private sectors with women and women's issues related to trauma from sexual and domestic violence.
I offer bespoke or ready-to-present talks on topical issues about working and mental health such as stress and resilience, working through the menopause, mindfulness and group dynamics and can travel throughout the UK.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a particular interest in the following areas:
- Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions - Adults and young adults living with Autism;
- Autism and Trauma;
- Parents and guardians of children with mental health challenges;
- Parents and guardians of children on the Autistic spectrum;
- Midlife / existential crisis - male and female;
- Empty nest anxiety' - coping with change when children leave home;
- Living with a disability or invisible illnesses;
- Living with chronic pain
- Menopause and peri-menopause
- Carers and coping with caring;
- Survivors of childhood sexual abuse - male and female;
- Survivors of rape and sexual violence - male and female;
- Survivors of domestic violence - male and female
- Boarding School Syndrome
- Pet bereavement and adjusting to life without your pet;
From £55.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Face to Face - Monday to Friday daytime, Monday evenings, Thursday evenings
Walk & Talk - Monday to Friday daylight hours only
Zoom - Monday to Friday daytime and evening
Telephone - Monday - Friday daytime and evening
Please note, Friday afternoons after 1pm are not available
Initial 20-30 minute telephone consultation - FREE
Monday to Friday:
- 9am - 5.25pm £55
- 5.30pm - 10pm £65
- Outside of session contact fees: £1.50 per minute
Home visits: Following a telephone assessment,
Daytime visits to elderly/housebound/disabled only (which includes my travel within the London Boroughs of Merton/Sutton).: £65 per 50 minute session
- Fees are payable in advance by bank transfer before, or cash at, commencement of each session (cash receipts provided for you to reclaim from insurance providers)
- Students: I offer a very limited number of lower-cost appointments to unwaged or no-income counselling students/trainees at £45 per session. CURRENTLY 2 SPACES AVAILABLE.
- Qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists on a low or reduced income. Please enquire for reduced fees.
- Please note: Terms and conditions apply, particularly to missed sessions, cancellations and holidays, and information is provided as part of our initial introduction.
Corporate Workplace Presentations (Bespoke or Pre-designed) - from £300
Small Experiential Groups (up to 8 members) £25 per member per 50 min session
I welcome referrals from employers, EAP's and from GP/IAPT services at the flat rate of £65 per session.
I offer evening face to face from my home practice on Monday's and Thursday's only and the last appointment is at 9pm.
Tuesday and Wednesday evening appointments are only via Zoom.
VITALITY HEALTH Recognised provider.
In addition, I offer corporate talks on workplace issues such as Menopause in the Workplace; Managing Stress and Building Resilience; Mindfulness; tailor made presentations on mental health topics of your choice.
I am a member of a group practice of male and female psychotherapeutic counsellors called Counselling Wimbledon, working close to South Wimbledon tube station on the Northern Line on Tuesdays. I also have a practice in Morden, Surrey working daytime only, and can also offer Skype sessions and home visits under certain circumstances following an assessment.
I am a clinical member of the UPCA (registration number 830) and the BACP (Registered) registration number 688840) and respect and abide by the codes of ethical practice of both the BACP and UKCP.
Please note: my Morden clinic is run from my non-smoking home and, although no pets will be in the therapy room, it may not be suitable for clients with an allergy to cats.