Jessica O'Keeffe - Psychotherapist for children, adolescents and young adults
I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist working mainly with clients ranging from 5-30 years old. I practice from a therapy room in central Cheltenham, and outside in a woodland near Cleeve Common.
Work with adolescents and adults is largely talking-based; I listen to you and help you to explore patterns in your story, often linking up your present experience to your past, and helping you to understand yourself more deeply. This can have the effect of lessening the power of the past over how you live in the present, and freeing you from unconscious destructive tendencies.
Younger clients express their feelings more effectively through play, so children are invited to use the room, or the woods, imaginatively as a site for their play. My work is to build a trusting relationship with young clients, to enable them to express the full range of their emotions in their play. I am often invited to join them in their play, and, where it feels appropriate, will make suggestions as to what emotions are being expressed.
Doing this work outside can have the effect of not only deepening clients’ understanding of themselves, but also building confidence in their natural environment and their role in the world, away from the usual pressures of school, work, social media and social lives.
I have experience of working with a wide range of clients and issues, and believe that no problem should feel too big or small to bring; these may include -- relationship problems, family break-up, anger, anxiety, depression, self-harm, sexual abuse, school or exam stress, work frustrations, eating disorders, trauma, cultural or race issues, and issues of adolescence and transitioning to adulthood.
If you would like to explore this further, please contact me via email at email@example.com or phone on 07966638971. We will then arrange an initial session in which we will explore what you would like to get from counselling, and whether this fits with what I can offer. If you are happy to continue after this, we will then establish a time for ongoing weekly sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, from Birkbeck University of London.
I have worked for social services, the NHS, and in schools. I am currently working for a counselling charity, and in private practice.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I abide by this organisation's code of professional and ethical conduct, am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
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.
Accredited register membership
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