Ryan O'Kane

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Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AZ
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About me

My aim as a counsellor is to help create a space for you to step outside the overwhelm of life’s demands, pressures and triggers, to make meaning of your life – the day-to-day, the deep discoveries, and the downright difficult. Hopefully, you will know if our work together is going well if you start to harness the stories and forces at play in your life, and to reengage with life’s possibilities – more peaceful, more skilful and perhaps even more playful.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a BACP registered counsellor trained in Psychosynthesis Counselling by the Psychosynthesis Trust in London. I currently offer psychosynthesis counselling in the Aberystwyth and mid-Wales area.

Most of my working life has been in small charities and projects – in communications, training and community development roles – supporting people to improve their local communities and environment. I have also been a university lecturer, looking at the broader patterns of society and environment that shape our lives. I am a trained mentor and facilitator who is still curious and excited about the dynamics and potentials of groups and communities. My path through these roles has brought me increasingly closer to the intimate and the relational – the immediate space in which personal and social transformation meet and unfold.

All these experiences and perspectives play a vital part in my approach to counselling, and my training in Psychosynthesis helps me to weave them together.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

My approach is not to diagnose or pathologise your feelings - but to help you to contextualise and integrate them within your experiences - from family and cultural legacy to the political and ecological state of the world.


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My guideline fee is £45 per session. I am keen to provide counselling to as broad a range of clients as possible and I encourage you to be direct and honest about what you can afford, because I may have scope to lower my fees in some circumstances.

When I work

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I respond to email enquiries weekdays, 9am-7pm - though may not be available straight away. I will endeavour to respond by 7pm the next working day.

Further information

What is Psychosynthesis?

Psychosynthesis is a transpersonal framework for counselling and self-development. It emerged in the mid 20th century as a holistic alternative to psychoanalysis and attempts to support people to widen and deepen their experience of themselves and of being alive. It embraces a broad range of techniques and perspectives – mirroring the richness of human experience – imaginative, rational, emotive, physical and spiritual. It deals with the past pains, present challenges and emerging potentials of each unique life; seeing all as an integrated whole – from ‘acorn to oak’. The aim is to support people to find purpose in the wider tapestry of life – from family relationships to planet; to make meaning, express their needs and take action.

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2AZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Ryan O'Kane
Ryan O'Kane