Philip O'Keeffe

Philip O'Keeffe

Ist Floor Cathedral Buildings
64 Donegall Street
Co Down, Northern Ireland

02890652296 / 07808 472 788

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Ist Floor Cathedral Buildings
64 Donegall Street
Co Down, Northern Ireland

02890652296 / 07808 472 788

About me

I work as a consultant in psychotherapy and suicidology with individuals, groups and organisations. My approach to psychotherapy is by way of solution focused brief therapy in a person-centred context. Clients wishing to consult me about issues related to suicidology are invited to deepen their understanding of human suicidal behaviour and its aftermath through education and reflection. Key resources for this work are, firstly, my own research (MSc) into the predicament of family survivors of bereavement by suicide, secondly, my own research (PhD) into the aftermath of suicide for clinician survivors following the death by suicide of their client or patient and lastly, my ongoing studies.

My philosophy about suicide has been, and continues to be, strongly influenced, among others, by the published work (in alphabetical order) of Eric Caine, David Jobes, Thomas Joiner, Rory O'Connor, the late Israel Orbach and the late Edwin Shneidman.

Training, qualifications & experience

My initial training - without professional support - began with the urgent necessity some years ago to begin to integrate the death by suicide of a beloved family member. This continued for several years until I entered personal psychotherapy following the ending of my marriage and a second family suicide event. The life-changing experience of working with expert psychotherapist Eolath Magee, now deceased, launched me into academic and practical education and training in counselling, psychotherapy and suicidology.

My relevant academic qualifications are:
Certificate in Counselling, with commendation (Univ of Ulster, 1998)
Master's degree, with distinction, in guidance and counselling (MSc, Univ of Ulster, 2001)
Degree of doctor of philosophy by research dissertation (PhD, Univ of Ulster, 2010)

My work experience in psychotherapy included a period as a volunteer counsellor with vulnerable clients in voluntary and community organisations. I rented an office in downtown Belfast to establish a private fee-paying practice in 2002. I have also worked as a part-time university lecturer in suicidology until 2014 and as a consultant in suicidology since 2010.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Aftermath of suicide for families, friends, work-colleagues, communities, organisations.

Aftermath of suicide for professionals, e.g. clinicians and other healthcare workers, who experience the death by suicide of their client (current or former).


For one-to-one work: £55 (initial session) and £50 per session thereafter
For group work: fees arranged and contract agreed by negotiation before commencement
For consultancy work: as for group work

Caveat: In my work-related endeavours, I try to apply the credit union ideal : "Not for profit, not for charity but for service". Hence payment for my services is directly linked to a client's ability to pay: for example, I have worked pro bono with refugees and asylum seekers who are, effectively speaking, destitute.
Note : My client work can only continue if I meet overheads including: office rent, rates, travel expenses, professional membership fees (e.g. BACP, IAS, AAS, IASP), continuous professional development (CPD) course/seminar fees, marketing outlays (e.g. Counselling Directory, BACP 'Find a Therapist', occasional print media).

Further information

I have recently established the Belfast Centre for Study of Suicide as a focus for suicide-related educational work and plan to seek charitable status in due course. Enquiries about the Centre's work may be made to my work address - see above. Alternatively please access my website

Maps & Directions

Belfast, BT1 2GT

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Mon-Fri at my office (by appointment only). Exceptionally by arrangement when client unable to access my office (e.g. disabled client) at client's workplace or home address.

Types of client

Older adults
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