Alison O'Connor

Alison O'Connor


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Sessions from £55.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

 I am a BACP Accredited counsellor with 20 years experience of helping adults and young people make sense of life’s challenges. I have worked as a therapist in the NHS, in the third sector and in private practice. 

I offer a warm, collaborative approach, working with compassion to help people reflect on their lives and make the changes they want and need. Much of my work has been in the field of complex trauma, with people recovering from difficult childhood experiences and also with military veterans and families. I am experienced in working with anxiety and depression, difficulties with drugs and alcohol, adapting to life-changing diagnoses, grief and loss, managing times of transition and work-related stress and burnout. 

I believe the Covid pandemic has impacted us all, in different ways, and that having a space to reflect on this, to recover and re-evaluate life, may be needed. I am keen to help teenagers and young people find their way back, and am experienced in working with this age group, with humour and compassion.

I offer short- and long-term therapy. Sometimes, people find a few sessions are all they need to work things out and get back on track. For others, a longer-term approach may be helpful, particularly if difficulties have been there for a long time. 

Practice description

I am an integrative therapist which means I am trained in a range of approaches including CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and humanistic counselling. I also have training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy which uses mindfulness and emotional regulation to help people develop ways of coping with overwhelming feelings and reduce harmful behaviours.I offer Trauma-Focused CBT and the Rewind Technique, which are approaches to help overcome traumatic memories and experiences.  

My first session

In the first session I will invite you to talk about what has brought you to therapy and what you hope to achieve from our sessions. I will listen deeply and help you identify what it is you think you need. I will tell you a little bit about me and how I think we may be able to work together. If it seems that I am not the right person to help you at this point, I will try to signpost another therapist who may be better suited to help you. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited

Languages spoken

English

Supervisor - Cardiff

Cardiff CF10
Sessions from £50.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am an experienced supervisor with an MA in Consultative Supervision. I have worked with qualified and trainee counsellors and therapists, nurses and other frontline staff. I believe that supervision is a vital aspect of self-care, professional practice and personal growth for all who work in the heIping professions. I am committed to providing high-quality, collaborative supervision which enables supervisees to share the weight and complexity of their work, develop their clinical prctaice and feel supported. I have a Masters in Consultative Supervision and am experienced at working with both trainee and qualified counsellors, therapists and other frontline staff. 

Practice description

I offer group and individual supervision, creating a safe space for supervisees to reflect on their client work, and identify and work through areas of challenge and growth. I see supervision as a collaborative endeavour which enables practitioners to learn through reflective practice, deepen their understanding of their clients and reduce  feelings of isolation, burnout and self-doubt which can arise in our profession. 

My first session

I share the belief that supervision is a relationship in which we reflect on other relationships. Our first session will be  a chance to get to know a little  about each other and for us to decide whether or not we would be a good fit to work together. I will ask you about your previous experiences of supervision, what you have found helpful or unhelpful and what you are looking for in a supervisor right now. If we feel I am not the right person to work with you, I will try to signpost another supervisor who may be a better fit for your needs and working style. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Eclectic, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling

Languages spoken

English