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Donna O'Connor BSc.(Hons) UPCA (Clinical Member) MBACP(Registered)

Morden SM4 & London SW19
07949 460894 07949 460894
Morden SM4 & London SW19

About me

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 Skype counselling and 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 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.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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
  • Agoraphobia;
  • Pet bereavement and adjusting to life without your pet;

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Availability for week commencing: Monday 3 August  2020

Monday:          1pm 2.30pm, 4.00pm                                            Morden

Tuesday:          9am, 10.30am, 12Noon, 1.30pm, 3pm,  4.30pm  Morden

Wednesday:      9am, 10.30am, 1.30pm,  3pm ,                          Morden

Thursday:          9am, 12Noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm                  Morden

Friday:              10.00am,                                                              Morden

                        FRIDAY AFTERNOONS: CLOSED

Fees as follows:
Initial 20-30 minute telephone consultation - FREE

Monday to Friday:

  • 9am - 5.50pm  £55
  • 6pm - 10pm     £65

Telephone/Skype counselling:
Initial telephone consultation/assessment - FREE
50 minute session - £55 daytime/ £65 evening

Home visits:Following a telephone assessment,

Daytime visits only to elderly/housebound/disabled (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)
  • Block of 6 daytime sessions 10am-4pm (pre-booked and pre-paid, excluding home visits) £300
  • Students: I offer a very limited number of lower-cost appointments to unwaged or no-income counselling students at £45 per session.
  • I have a limited number of general concession places at a fee of £45 per session.
  • Please note: Terms and conditions apply, particularly to missed sessions, cancellations and holidays, and information is provided as part of our initial introduction.

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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, daytime only.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Morden clinic is on the ground floor. Toilet first floor. South Wimbledon clinic is on the first floor with no lift. Both clinics have stairs to access a toilet.

Availability

Monday to Thursday: 8am - 9pm

Friday: Mornings only until 12 Noon.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Donna O'Connor BSc.(Hons) UPCA (Clinical Member) MBACP(Registered)

Donna O'Connor BSc.(Hons) UPCA (Clinical Member) MBACP(Registered)