Frank O'Donovan MA UKCP Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
I am an experienced UKCP psychotherapist and counsellor.
Before becoming a therapist I endured a 30 year career in banking in the City. I changed career in my early 50s and gained a Master's degree in psychotherapy and accreditation as a psychotherapist. I have 10 years' experience working with clients.
I have worked in a wide variety of counselling settings including Guy's Hospital, Pentonville Prison, a bereavement centre and a university. I have worked with a wide range of people of different ages, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
The issues and concerns I have worked with include depression, anxiety, stress, abortion, bereavement and loss, sexual abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders, lack of meaning in life. I also worked at a centre for survivors of sexual abuse and rape.
You can find out more on my Website: www.fodonovan.co.uk or see the link on the side panel below right. Feel free to ring me now to talk about therapy and how it might help you: 0780 7051162.
How I work:
The focus of the work will be to explore the concerns and issues you may have about your life in a safe and supportive setting. The work will be collaborative and our aim will be to help you understand more about who you are and who you want to be. I aim to create a compassionate, safe and confidential environment in order to develop a working partnership.
While we each carry our own hopes and expectations of life, sometimes our lives can feel empty and meaningless, we seem to be drifting and disappointed. No one teaches us what we need to know to be at peace. Starting counselling and experiencing a therapeutic relationship could be the start of healing and growth and discovering a different approach to life.
Ring me now for a brief, no-obligation chat: 0780 7051162. If I don't answer please leave a message and I will return your call.
Issues we can explore:
Psychotherapy can help at times when we feel isolated or experiencing a major life change, such as:
- relationship issues
- general anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- issues of sexuality and gender
- family issues
Psychotherapy should feel supportive but also challenging - how else will your life take on a different course? Working together we will identify your negative thinking patterns and work on solutions that can open your life to new possibilities.
At the first session we can explore your situation, how you are feeling and your expectations of therapy - there is no obligation on you to commit to further sessions nor any commitment required to a minimum number of sessions.
I work short term (up to 6 to 8 sessions), as well as long term therapy or open ended therapy.
I accept cash or debit/credit cards at the end of each session.
Off-street parking is available at Wimbledon.
My training is broadly based which means that I draw upon a range of different therapeutic models but is essentially focussed on the individual and his or her experiences of life. This means that I value your subjective experience and in our sessions the work will be tailored to your individual needs.
I subscribe to the Code of Ethics of the UKCP, and I am fully covered by Professional Liability Insurance.
Member of the SEA (Society for Existential Analysis)
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a BA (Hons) in English Literature.
My initial psychotherapy training was at Birkbeck College (University of London) where I gained a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychology.
I subsequently gained a Masters Degree (MA) in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University through my studies at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London.
I am fully accredited with the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have extensive experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, abortion, sexuality, LGBT* issues,
I have been trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) at Guy's Hospital, London, where I worked for nearly four years as an honorary counsellor.
I have also worked as a counsellor at a bereavement centre, university, sexual abuse centre and at HM Pentonville Prison.
I continue to attend workshops and seminars as part of my professional development.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association
Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association
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
Should you try therapy?
There's a lot that holds us back from trying therapy. There's the idea that you have to be a little mad or have some strange problem in order to go and see a therapist.
But therapy is for everyone because it entirely reasonable for a person to be anxious and confused by life, challenged by relationships, family life and the direction of your career. So really the only qualification for going to therapy is to be a normal human being.
There is also the worry about the strangeness of therapy, it will be you and a person you've never met to whom you're expected to divulge nothing less than your inner life. Why not talk to a friend - however, friends are not properly trained to listen, friends interrupt, and sometimes it's easier to tell someone who has no prior knowledge or expectations of you the big and important things about who you are. Also, therapists are the last people ever to judge: we view the concept of a normal human being as being far more expansive than that held by society at large. Therapists know how unusual and surprising people can be especially around sex and anxiety.
So many of our problems come down to not having enough insight into how our minds work. What we want, what we fear, why we act the way we do, and overwhelmed by certain feelings. The goal of therapy is self knowledge. By talking a lot to someone who listens very carefully over many weeks, you come to deeper insights into the mind you inhabit.
To get the most of therapy you need to approach sessions with honesty, openness and empathy. Every person is unique and the journey is different for each client. Therapy is not a quick fix and often requires time and commitment into the process in order to find answers into your problems.
- Wimbledon, SW20:
pre 9.00am - negotiable per session
9.00am onwards - individuals: £80 per session; couples £100 per session
- Borough High St, SE1 - individuals: £90 per session; couples: £110 per session
There is no obligation on you to commit to further sessions nor any commitment required to a minimum number of sessions.
Supervision Fees: £80 per 50 minute session.
I accept cash or cards at the end of each session.
Fees are revised on an annual basis.
Please note that missed sessions or sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice are charged at full fee, except in exceptional circumstances.
Concessions for students and low income earners may be available for therapy and supervision at Wimbledon before 5.00pm.
Registered Practioner with Aviva Health UK Ltd., AXA PPP Healthcare, Vitality Health Insurance.
The duration of the session is 50 minutes and takes place at the same time and day each week.
I can offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments at Wimbledon, SW20, and evenings (4.00pm onwards) at London Bridge SE1, subject to availability.
Skype sessions are also available.
Detailed directions will be provided when an appointment is made.
- Directions, SW20 :
My practice location is on Coombe Lane, mid-way between Cambridge Rd and Ave (Avenue) Rd.
Car: Off street parking available
Bus: Route 57, Cambridge Rd stop (either direction) 3 minutes walk away.
Overground Rail: Raynes Park station 10 mins walk. 57 Bus picks up outside station and then 3 stops.
Bicycle: Secure parking available
- Directions, Borough High St SE1: London Bridge Station is a 5 mins walk