Colette O'Connor

Colette O'Connor


Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Glasgow

Glasgow G20
Sessions from £55.00

Features

Availability

• I offer a free 30-minute introductory session in which you can ask any questions you may have and get a sense of what working with me could be like

• I work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2.30PM - 8.30PM

• Sessions are 50 minutes, weekly, over zoom or by phone. The service will remain online only regardless of what happens with covid

• There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions – this is personal to each client’s needs. I structure my work with all clients with regular check ins reflect on your progress and developing goals for therapy

• Sessions cost £55

About me and my therapy practice

I'm Colette, a queer Person-Centred therapist working online and by phone.

I understand that looking for a new therapist can be a daunting process. Before I was a therapist myself, I was a client. My experiences of therapy from the ‘other chair’ were the main thing that inspired me to begin my training. The feeling of being truly seen and understood - and accepted for all that I am - had a profound impact on me. I believe it can make a difference for you too, whatever you are going through right now.

Perhaps there are parts of you that you struggle to accept, parts that are in conflict with each other, parts which are ashamed, vulnerable, angry or wounded. From childhood we are given messages about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to feel, think and behave – messages that can teach us that we must hide or supress aspects of our authentic selves in order to be acceptable to others.

There are also a lot of deeply painful experiences in life which we have very little control over. You might have lost a loved one, experienced abuse or trauma, developed a life-changing illness, or been discriminated against for who you are. 

On the other hand, you might be feeling overwhelmed, anxious, empty, lost or stuck, and not know exactly why. 

If you’re an LGBTQ+ person, your sexuality and gender might completely unrelated to what has brought you to counselling, but you still want to know that your therapist will accept and respect these parts of you. As a queer therapist, my personal experience may be very different from yours, but you can be confident that I am affirming of diverse sexualities, genders and relationship styles.

In my online therapy room, you are invited to be your whole uncensored self in the company of somebody who values you unconditionally and really listens. 

Practice description

The type of counselling I offer is called Person-Centred Therapy. The philosophy behind it centres the idea that people can experience healing and growth in a therapeutic relationship that offers empathy, genuineness and unconditional positive regard.

In a session, it is completely up to you what we talk about, and I won’t be giving you homework or getting you to do any particular exercises. I believe you are the expert on your own story. My job is to stay alongside you while you take your own pace. You will find me asking questions to check my understanding and help me see the world through your eyes. I won’t tell you what to do but I will offer reflections to help you deepen your exploration and connect to patterns in your thinking. There is no obligation to speak about anything you don’t want to, and there is no subject too big or too small to bring.

As a Person-Centred therapist, I also believe that when I am working, I don’t turn into a kind of professional blank slate – I always bring myself. This doesn’t mean I would ever interrupt your session to talk about myself, but that my life experiences and personality inform who I am as a therapist. I don’t think two therapists with the same qualifications are interchangeable with each other – what makes one therapist the perfect fit for you would make them the wrong fit for someone else. This is one of the reasons I offer a free 30 minute introductory session, so you can get a good sense of whether I'm the right person for you. 

What I can help with

Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Person centred

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling

Languages spoken

English