Karen O'Connell

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Integrative Psychotherapist (MA,Dip.HIP) UKCP Registered
Available for new clients
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Cheltenham GL50 & Bristol BS8
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome to my Counselling & Psychotherapy Service in Bristol and Cheltenham. I am an experienced and fully accredited Psychotherapist (MA Dip, Hip) and UKCP registered. I see clients with a range of issues on both a long term and short-term basis. This includes: Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Work Related Stress and Relationship difficulties to early childhood trauma. Also as a Qualified Social Worker I have many years practice of supporting clients through adverse experiences in their lives.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Work-Related Stress
  • Relationship
  • Family difficulties
  • Early Childhood Trauma.

There are times in our lives when we need someone to talk to about our difficulties outside our immediate family. Psychotherapy will offer you the opportunity to explore your concerns within a safe and confidential environment. By working together, client’s feel they are not alone and gain a better understanding of their difficulties to move forward in their lives.

Please do contact me if you wish to discuss psychotherapy or counselling. I would be happy to discuss this with you and also offer a lower cost initial session for you to explore Psychotherapy and whether this is right for you.

How can Therapy help?
Psychotherapy is a talking therapy which enables you to gain a greater insight into who you truly are and will help you move forward in your life. The focus of the sessions may be to work through immediate difficulties you are facing or something more deep-seated in your life or in your relationships with others. The emphasis is on helping you feel heard without judgement in order for you to explore your issues and concerns. A Psychotherapeutic holding environment can be a very healing and restorative process. With the support and working together clients feel they are not alone and are able to overcome adverse experiences in their life.

Getting in touch...
Please do contact me if you wish to discuss Psychotherapy or Counselling. I would be happy to discuss this with you and also offer an initial session for you to explore Psychotherapy and whether this is right for you.

You can call or text me on 07503 380595 or click here to send an email.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Master's in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy, (MA, Dip.HIP)
  • Qualified Social Worker DipSW - University of Gloucestershire.
  • A distinction in Early Childhood Studies - Certificate of Higher Education
  • Bath Centre of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC) Full Membership
  • UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) full Clinical Member

I am a Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapist, which incorporates Psychodynamic Principles of Early Childhood patterns of behaviour.  The central emphasis is on the relationship and how we relate to each other and others in our lives. I believe that we all need confirmation and to feel valued as unique human beings and that given the right conditions we are able to fulfil our true potential in life. Thus ‘growth and healing come from our authentic experience through our mind, body and spirit' (Carl Rogers 1950).

I am a full clinical member of (UKCP) United Kingdom of Council for Psychotherapy and HCPC registered. United Kingdom of Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

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£70.00 per session

Additional information

Sessions are undertaken weekly, for a 50 minute period and presently online.

All sessions will be charged at £70.00 per session and an initial session at £60.00 

Sessions are held in a private space at the Practice Rooms either in Bristol or Cheltenham.

I offer a lower cost initial session for you to explore whether Psychotherapy is right for you and how this may help.

Please do contact me if you wish to book a Psychotherapy Session on the details below

Further information

What happens when you first contact me?
I will take a few details, such as; you’re name, contact details and the reasons for you wanting to attend Psychotherapy. At this stage I will not go into great detail but generally, see if there is a time and space suitable for us to meet. I will also be able to provide you with details, such as the direction to the practice, accessibility & parking etc.

What happens in the Initial Session?
The focus of the initial session will be for you to explore your difficulties, whether this is a present concern or a more long-term issue. This will take place within a confidential and therapeutic setting, where you will be listened too, without judgment or concern. This will also provide an opportunity for you to experience us working together and whether you feel Psychotherapy is right for you.

How often does Therapy take place?
Clients generally come to see me on a weekly basis, unless otherwise agreed more regularly. Therapeutic sessions are for 50 minutes at the same place and time each week. The number of sessions will be agreed at the start of the therapy and this will be regularly reviewed.

How much does Therapy Cost?
Psychotherapy sessions are set at the cost of £55 per session.
All missed sessions are paid for except in emergency circumstances and unforeseen events.
Terms and conditions will be discussed in the initial session and agreed.

What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Psychotherapy is different from Counselling as it tends to address more deep-seated issues.
Whereas Counselling generally addresses a specific issue or concern. A Psychotherapist training is also much longer, therefore their knowledge and understanding is generally more extensive. Thus Psychotherapy offers clients a more in-depth process and with support and working together clients develop greater insight into who they are and move forward in their lives.

The Practice Rooms, 32 Cambray Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JP

The Practice Rooms, 14 St Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LR

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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At these unprecedented times due to coronavirus I will be conducting one to one sessions on line, so do get in contact should this be required.