I specialise in working with addiction / dependency, bereavement, anxiety, anger management, depression, men as primary child carers, parenting issues, identity issues and creativity such as writing and other forms of artistic expression.
I am experienced in working with a range of other issues and can support you whatever you are struggling with.
Psychotherapy and Counselling with John O’Shaughnessy MBACP
The pace of modern life can be exhausting and overwhelming. We can find it difficult to make time for contact with ourselves, other people, leisure, exercise, relaxation or reflection. You may engage in activities or behaviours that you are unhappy about.
In order to relate to others in a healthy way each of us needs to begin by doing so with our self. I often hear people refer to their best friend in terms of another person. I believe our best friend is our self and it is vital to invest in our relationship with our self. I know from my experience of stepping back and becoming aware of my thoughts, feelings and physical experience I can then make choices that support me rather than react without consideration for myself and others.
I believe we are all innately inclined towards shaping a creative, joyful life even in the face of life’s challenges. We come into adulthood with experiences that affect our wellbeing. There may also be many rules, inhibitions and fears that influence our lives. My role as a humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor is to support you as a unique and resourceful human being to draw on your own self knowledge to form a more satisfying relationship with yourself and others.
I offer both a time limited period of counselling to focus on a particular issue and a longer process of psychotherapy which explores in more depth what shapes your behaviour, thought processes and emotional experience. As well as drawing on my extensive training, I also bring my compassion, respect, warmth and honesty to our work together. I provide a confidential, non judgemental environment where you are free to explore any issues that you choose to bring.
I am available on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday & Friday afternoons. I charge £60 for a 50 minute session. Please feel free to contact me for an initial discussion / to book a session. You can find my contact details by clicking the button below.
Areas I work with
Some of the issues I work with are:
- Alcohol/ Food/ Drugs addiction and dependency
- Anger management
- Anxiety and panic
- Bereavement and grief
- Career / Work
- Parenting and step-parenting
- Relationship difficulties
- Sexuality and sexual issues
I am available to work with any issue that you choose to explore.
Psychotherapy Training, Qualifications and Experience:
I am a psychotherapist in ongoing training and professional development at Spectrum, a centre for Humanistic Psychology. I am also in professional supervision and personal development. I encourage using therapy in a simple and practical way in everyday life. I abide by the Spectrum Code of Ethics I also abide by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Code of Ethics.
I worked as a volunteer counsellor at the Centre for Better Health from 2010 to 2012. I have been in private practice since 2012. As a social worker, I worked with people who have physical health issues, mental health needs and alcohol / drugs problems. I have experience of working in the private and public sectors and am familiar with different organisational cultures and issues.
- 2014 Spectrum Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- 2013 British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency
- 2012 Relationship Making Course
- 2012 Gestalt Series
- 2010 – 2012 Professional Seminar Series
- 2011 Spectrum Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- 2011 Anger in the Therapy Room Course
- 2011 Reparenting Course
- 2011 Childhood Sexual Abuse Course
- 2011 Advanced Sexuality Course
- 2011 Intermediate Sexuality Course
- 2011 Developing Clinical Skills Course
- 2010 Post Graduate Course in Psychotherapy
- 2010 Basic Sexuality
- 2009 Counselling Skills Course
- 2009 One Year Continuation Course
- 2008 One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- 1996 Diploma in Social Work
I am a parent and am familiar with many of the issues that can arise. I have an Irish Catholic and English background which gives me an experience of being socialised and living in two cultures. I have lived in London all of my life and my enjoyment and appreciation of the richness and diversity of the city and it’s inhabitants deepens year by year.
I have lived, worked and made friendships from different cultures, religions, classes as well as people who are disabled, gay and lesbian. I have a unique view of the world as being born here to immigrant parents from the Irish Republic. I am respectful and empathic in relation to people who are struggling with their identity and may have associated issues in terms of self esteem, anxiety and depression. I have found my own personal therapy of enormous value in terms of leading a more satisfying life particularly in relation to working on these issues.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
£60 for a 50 minute session. I am available on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday & Friday afternoons.