Donna O'Connor BSc.(Hons) UPCA (Clinical Member) MBACP(Registered)
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. Home visits to elderly and disabled clients are available under certain circumstances and after an assessment.
I am an AXA PPP Recognised provider and 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 am undertaking a research Masters from September 2018, exploring trauma counselling for adults on the Autistic Spectrum.
I have experience in working within the private sector with a multiculturally diverse mix of clients, and experience of working within the NHS, and forTransport for London as a trauma therapist, facilitating client exploration of many and varied workplace and personal issues.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Midlife / existential crisis - male and female;
- Empty nest anxiety' - coping with change when children leave home;
- Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions - Adults living with Autism;
- Autism and Trauma;
- Living with a disability or invisible illnesses;
- Living with chronic pain
- Carers and coping with caring;
- Parents and guardians of children with mental health challenges;
- Parents and guardians of children on the Autistic spectrum;
- Boarding School Syndrome
- Pet bereavement and adjusting to life without your pet;
- Survivors of childhood sexual abuse - male and female;
- Survivors of rape and sexual violence - male and female;
- Survivors of domestic violence - male and female
Availability for week commencing: Monday 4th February 2019
Monday: 2.00pm, 3.00pm Morden
Tuesday: 9am, 10am, 12Noon, 1pm, 3.30, Morden
9pm South Wimbledon
Thursday: 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 12Noon Morden
2pm, 3pm. Morden
Friday: 10.00am, 11.00am, 12Noon, 1pm, 2pm Morden
Fees are as follows:
Initial 20-30 minute telephone consultation - FREE
Block of 6 daytime sessions 10am-4pm (pre-booked and pre-paid) £275.
Monday to Friday:
- 8.30am - 9.30am £60
- 10.00am - 6.50pm £50
- 7pm - 10pm £60.
- Fees payable at the start of each session in cash or in advance by bank transfer
A limited number of lower-cost places are available during daytime only for those on a limited income or in receipt of benefits.
Students: I offer a limited number of lower-cost appointments to unwaged or no-income counselling students at £40 per session
Initial telephone consultation/assessment - FREE
50 minute session - £50
Corporate Workplace Presentations (Bespoke or Pre-designed) - from £300
Small Experiential Groups (up to 8 members) £20 per member per 50 min session
I welcome referrals from employers, EAP's and from GP/IAPT services.
Please note: Terms and conditions apply, particularly to missed sessions and holidays. Please ask for details.
AXA PPP Recognised provider. 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 daytimes only, and can also offer Skype sessions.
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 home and although no pets will be in the therapy room, it may not be suitable for clients with an allergy to cats.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Morden clinic is on the ground floor. South Wimbledon clinic is on the first floor with no lift. Both clinics have stairs to access a toilet.
Face-to-face, telephone and Skype sessions available. Home visits - under certain circumstances following assessment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|