Ryan O'Kane, MBACP
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 with 3 years training and qualified with a Post-Graduate diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from the Psychosynthesis Trust in London. Having recently moved to mid-Wales, I now offer counselling in private practice in the Aberystwyth and mid-Wales area. I am also a Mental Health Mentor for students at Aberystwyth University.
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.
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
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.
My guideline fee is £40 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.
Concessions offered for
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.