About me

Though we do carry our past experiences, upbringing and patterns with us, we are so much more than that too. The aim of the therapy is to expand our awareness, so that we can move beyond our patterns and experiences to make choices that serve us. We can explore in a safe environment what makes your life meaningful as well as what you would like to change.

In addition to Psychosynthesis, I also work with techniques from: Gestalt, Autogenic Training, NLP, Kinesiology, Meditation and Family Constellations. I have worked extensively with actors, singers, performers, artists and creatives utilising my experience and awareness of the unique challenges within the entertainment industry and the arts. I also work with the complexities of celebrity and those in public life.

The work can be challenging, dynamic, compassionate and creative, and invites you to use your innate potential, your talents and limitations; your challenges and triumphs.

What is Psychosynthesis?

Psychosynthesis is based on the work of Dr Roberto Assagioli, who was originally a student of Freud. Psychosynthesis emerges out of Freudian thinking and develops a view of the human psyche that looks at human potential as well as human suffering.

When it is balanced and healthy, human growth proceeds in all directions: it looks like an expanding sphere rather than a straight line. It is for precisely this reason that Psychosynthesis endeavours to take into consideration all the dimensions of human life which truly matter and which, if left unacknowledged, lead to a fragmented, even absurd existence:

  • The emergence of will and self-determination
  • The sharpening of the mind
  • The enjoyment of beauty
  • The enrichment of the imagination
  • The awakening of the intuition
  • The realisation of love
  • The discovery of the Self and its purpose.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from the University of East London and a Senior Practitioner Diploma in Supervision from the Centre for Supervision and Team Development, London. I am an accredited member (MBACP Accred) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by its ethical framework. I enjoy helping to empower people to manifest their potential, and find meaning in their wide-ranging experiences.

I have been an actor and singer for many years. I have also directed several choirs and done a number of vocal arrangements for them. I have coached performers helping them to engage with their material and their audience.

Recognising the need for unity in diversity, I have been involved in the fields of personal development and community development for over 25 years. I worked as a facilitator for the Institute for the Healing of Racism, and consulted with police and faith communities after the 7/7 bombings in London 2005. I worked at the City Lit (adult education college) for three academic years offering counselling to students and staff. I have assisted on numerous workshops for personal and professional development. Between 2011 and 2019, I have regularly assisted in training new counsellors and found that work very rewarding. I have worked at the Royal Bethlem Psychiatric hospital as a Chaplaincy volunteer.

(Piero Ferrucci, 1982, What We May Be, Turnstone Press)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Stage fright/Performance anxiety.
Creativity/Creative blocks
Celebrity/Public life

Fees

Additional information

The sessions last for 50 minutes and occur weekly.

I operate a sliding fee scale. The current normal fee is £65 per session.

Psychosynthesis Trust
92-94 Tooley Street
London Bridge
London
SE1 2TH

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have a Senior Practitioner Diploma in Supervision from the Centre for Supervision and Team Development, London.

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Shane O'Brien

Shane O'Brien