Owen O'Toole BEM, MA, Dip. Counselling, MBACP
In this time of COVID-19 it is unfortunately, not possible to work with clients face to face, however many clients have successfully made the transition to telephone or online. I am pleased to say that these online and telephone sessions are working well for many clients. As soon as it is safe for all I will return to face to face work as well as continuing to offer phone and online sessions, if that meets clients needs better.
Do stay safe in these difficult times.
I work with clients in keeping with the principles of person-centred therapy, which involves being non-judgmental, showing empathy and putting the client's emotions at the forefront of the sessions. While working in this way I also draw on aspects of other approaches such as CBT, psychodynamic and solution-focused therapy. My role is to provide a safe, caring and professional environment where the client can discuss, in confidence, the issues that are troubling them and where together we can find a way for them to move forward positively.
I have counselled clients ranging from 5 to 70 years old and encountered many aspects of mental health, including lack of confidence, depression, loneliness separation, substance dependence, anxiety, bullying, bereavement and many others. Research into effectiveness in Counselling has shown that a key factor for a successful experience is the relationship between counsellor and client. I feel that I can facilitate this positive relationship and in doing so help my client move to a better place. So ifyou feel that I can help you or someone close to you then please don't hesitate to contact me.
I am very honoured to have been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in the Queen's New Years Honours list 2020.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling.
- Certificate in Counselling
- Various shorter courses including such topics as depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, mental health, addiction, relationship issues and bereavement.
At present I work as follows:
Private Practice, working with adults, young people and children. I have an enhanced DBS clearance (previously CRB)
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Adults: £45 per 50 minute session.
Children, young people and students £40 per 50 minute session.
Trainee counsellors: £35 per 50 minute session.
Clients referred through organisations: £50 per session
Consessions are also available in certain situations such as, unemployed, key workers, etc.
I can offer sessions at various times on Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
I work from home where I live with my wife. I have a comfortable and professionally appointed counselling room.
For parents/carers there is a room where they can wait while their child is having counselling.
There is also parking room.