Shane O'Brien MBACP (Accred), PG Dip. Couns.
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 also assisted on numerous workshops for personal and professional development. I regularly assist in training new counsellors and find that work very rewarding.
Training, qualifications & experience
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.
(Piero Ferrucci, 1982, What We May Be, Turnstone Press)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Stage fright/Performance anxiety.
The sessions last for 50 minutes and occur weekly.
I operate a sliding fee scale. The current normal fee is £65 per session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have a Senior Practitioner Diploma in Supervision from the Centre for Supervision and Team Development, London.