Karen O'Connell Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist (MA, Dip.HIP)

Karen O'Connell  Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist (MA, Dip.HIP)

24 Regent Street

32 Cambray Place
GL50 1JP

07503 380595

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About me

Welcome to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Service in Bristol and Cheltenham.

There are times in our lives when we need someone to talk to about out 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 forwards in their lives

Clients come to see me with a range of difficulties on both a short-term & long-term basis. This can include areas such as Anxiety, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Work Related Stress or Relationship and Family difficulties as well as Early Childhood Trauma.

I also provide counselling for Children and Parent’s who may be experiencing difficulties in their family lives and relationship and have worked at CAMHS for Oxfordshire Local Authority.

I am also a Qualified Social Worker, with many years practice of supporting Clients through adverse experiences. Thus with support and working together Clients develop greater insight and understanding of themselves to move forwards in their lives.

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

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.

How can Therapy help?

Psychotherapy is a talking therapy, which enables you to gain a greater insight into who you truly are and move forwards in your life. The focus of the sessions may be to work through immediate difficulties, 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. Thus a Psychotherapeutic holding environment can be a very healing and restorative process. ‘With support and working together Clients feel they are not alone and overcome adverse experiences in their life’

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Master's in Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy, (MA,Dip.HIP)
  • Qualified Social Worker DipSW - University of Gloucestershire.
  • 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 comes from our authentic experience through our mind, body and spirit ‘(Carl Rogers 1950).

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Session are for a 50 minute period and undertaken weekly at the Practice Rooms.

All sessions will be charged on a weekly basis at £45.00 per session.

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

I offer a reduced cost initial session for you to explore whether Psychotherapy is right for you

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 we do 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 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 and heard, 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 £45 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 terms agree

What is the difference between Psychotherapy and Counselling?
Psychotherapy is different from Counselling, as it tends to address more deep-seated issues.
Where as, 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 ‘client's develop greater insight in to who they are and move forwards in their lives.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS8 4HG
Cheltenham, GL50 1JP

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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