Jane O'Brien, MA (Psych), MBACP (Snr Accred), UKCP
I am trained as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
What is Psychosynthesis?
Psychosynthesis is based on the work of Dr Roberto Assagioli, who was originally a student of Freud. Psychosynthesis emerges out of Freudian thinking and develops a view of the human psyche that looks at human potential as well as human suffering.
Psychosynthesis is a way of looking at our behaviour, our personality, our psyche and our inner life, that leads us to better understand ourselves and to develop an art of living. It helps us to become more true to ourselves by its insight into the dynamics of the personality and of how we act in the world. Its effect on human development is well described below:
“When it is balanced and healthy, human growth proceeds in all directions: it looks like an expanding sphere rather than a straight line. It is for precisely this reason that Psychosynthesis endeavours to take into consideration all the dimensions of human life which truly matter and which, if left unacknowledged, lead to a fragmented, even absurd existence:
- The emergence of will and self-determination
- The sharpening of the mind
- The enjoyment of beauty
- The enrichment of the imagination
- The awakening of the intuition
- The realisation of love
- The discovery of the Self and its purpose.”
(Piero Ferrucci, 1982, What We May Be, Turnstone Press)
It is sometimes very hard to recognise a problem and ask for help. It is hard to know where to get the help that we need. A relationship with a psychotherapist is a unique and very special thing. I choose someone whom I like and respect, with whom I feel comfortable, safe and protected. I really value the weekly therapy session because it feels as if I can be myself, say what I am feeling, no matter how I judge it as wrong, bad or just stupid. I sit with someone who values and supports me, who will commit time and energy, thought and good will to me. It is like having a best friend but better because it is like having a best friend who has an enormous amount of training and life’s experience to help me to come to understand and value myself.
How Do I Work?
The work is completely confidential. We meet first to see what you want in your life and what changes you would like to see as a result of therapy. In the first phase of the work, we will be inquiring into the nature of the issues that you wish to address. After the initial phase, I seek to tailor a way of working to meet each individual's needs.
Please know that this work is exciting, frightening, exhilarating, demanding, encouraging, painful and full of joy as well.
The results may be increased psychological freedom, a greater ease within yourself, a stronger ability to make choices and engage your will, a clearer idea of your goals and what is really important to you. You can learn how to change long-standing and sometimes destructive habits that stand in the way of living the fulfilled life you envision.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am Irish American and I have been living in London for over 25 years. I qualified first as a Counsellor in 1988 at the Institute of Psychosynthesis and later earned a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy from the University of East London in association with the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust. I am a senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and was first accredited in 1990. I am a founder member of the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP) and I am also registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psyhcotherapy (UKCP).
I have many years of experience working as a therapist in private practice with individuals and couples. I also work with trainee counsellors and clients through employee assistance and with privately insured clients.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individuals: £75 per 50 minute session
Couples: £85 per 50 minute session
I consider concessions when I can.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have been in practice as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 25 years with a diverse range of clients.