Kerry O'Shaughnessy UKCP Reg Psychotherapist and Counsellor, MBACP
Covid-19: These are uncertain and worrying times that are affecting all of our lives. I have availability for online and telephone sessions during this period.
I provide counselling and psychotherapy from my home in Felixstowe, Suffolk. My consulting room acts a safe and friendly environment where we can talk and explore 'what's on your mind'.
Sometimes we lose sight of ourselves and need a little help reconnecting, sometimes we become lost and sometimes we have that familiar experience of "why is this happening to me again?". My own journey in therapy and my experience as a therapist is that psychotherapeutic change is a process, a journey of getting to know ourselves and awareness of how we relate to ourselves and others.
My approach is as a Relational Transactional Analyst. I believe it is the relationship that is formed between client and therapist that is paramount - it is often in the relationships of our past where trauma and pain occurred, so working relationally is where the healing can begin. Through understanding how we relate to others, we gain insights into how we relate to ourselves and find the potential for healing and change.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor.
My qualifications are:
MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA).
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and also a member of BACP (MBACP), IARTA and EATA
I have experience in working with individuals with a range of presenting issues, from self-exploration, relationship difficulties, loss, sexuality, identity and past traumas and early childhood experiences which may have an impact on their lives and relationships today.
Before moving to Suffolk, I had a private practice in London for 10+ years, working mostly long-term with a diverse and multi-cultural adult client group aged from late teens to those 70+.
I offer in-depth long-term counselling and psychotherapy or short-term work - everyone is different and "one size" definitely does not suit all.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with