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

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

Morden
SM4

London
SW19

07949 460894

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Morden
SM4

London
SW19

07949 460894

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. Home visits to elderly and disabled clients are available under certain circumstances and after an assessment.

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.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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;
  • 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 Synrome
  • Agoraphobia;
  • 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


Fees

AVAILABILITY FOR WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 1CTOBER 2018

  • Monday:        2.30pm, 4pm                                                 MORDEN
  • Tuesday:       9am, 10.30am, 12Noon, 1.30pm, 3pm         MORDEN                                               9pm                                                                SOUTH WIMBLEDON
  • Wednesday:  CLOSED
  • Thursday:     9am, 10.30am, 12Noon, 1.30pm, 3PM          MORDEN                      
  • Friday:          9am, 10.30am, 12Noon, 1.30pm                   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 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

Telephone/Skype counselling:
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.

Further information

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

Morden, SM4
London, SW19

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

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.

Availability

Face-to-face, telephone and Skype sessions available. Home visits - under certain circumstances following assessment.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme