Elizabeth O'Connor Bandeen
I have worked with individuals and groups in the NHS, addiction centres and privately for over 10 years.
My clients come from a wide range of backgrounds but usually share histories of physical and emotional neglect, abandonment, abuse and other complex traumas.
I strive to create an intimate and caring therapeutic relationship where we can collaboratively confront historical and ongoing issues in a direct but sensitive manner.
Sessions are devoted to uncovering debilitating thoughts, memories and emotions that underpin conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress and addiction. Relationship issues - such as codependency, boundary violations, separation and divorce - are also topics of consideration.
A co-operative and inspired therapeutic partnership provides not only symptom relief, but an enhanced sense of self and worth.
Typically I see clients once or twice a week. The length of the therapy depends upon the underlying issues and can be a limited number of sessions or as long as one or more years - depending on my client's needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to my private practice, I hold a NHS post as a trauma-based therapist with the Trauma Unit at the Tavistock Adult Directorate. I trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre.
I have also studied and practised, Mentalisation Based Therapy - from which I help my clients understand, and reduce, their destructive behaviours.
I am a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their codes of ethical standards and confidentiality. I am also a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £120 per session.