Senior Therapists

Darina O'Keeffe

Training and Qualifications:

-Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust- Clinical Training in Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

-University of Oxford- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice.

-Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences- BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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About me:

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with over 9 years experience. I hold a specialist training in Forensic Psychotherapy, and I am accredited with the British Psychoanalytic Council. Alongside private practice, I work within HMPPS, and I am trained to work a wide range of experiences, deep-seated difficulties, thoughts, feelings and symptoms. My aim is to provide you with a safe and containing space in order for you to communicate your individual experiences.

My experience is comprised of but not limited to the following difficulties:

Anger, Addictions, Abuse (both victims and perpetrators), Anxiety, Criminality, Depression and Low Mood, Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, Guilt, Identity Problems, Low self-esteem, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, Personality Disorders, Perversions, Relationship Difficulties, Stress, Trauma.

My Therapeutic Approach:

My approach is Psychodynamic Therapy.
Psychodynamic Therapy has been developed to work with varying degrees of experiences. The belief is that pain manifests in different ways for everyone, and that there are usually underlying, unconscious causes to this, usually from earlier life. Psychodynamic therapy can aid people better understand some of the unconscious motivations that sometimes influence how people think, feel, and act. Making sense of this can aid people to lead a more fulfilling life. The therapeutic relationship we develop will be the most significant aspect of our work together and can help us make sense of your inner world. Confidentiality:

I realise that it can be difficult to open up in the initial stages of therapy. So, I would like to assure you that the discussions we have will remain confidential. I am registered with BPC and follow their code of ethics. However, there are some limits to confidentiality. It is my duty as a therapist to ensure your safety. If I feel that you or another person may be at risk, I will have to breach confidentiality. I will ensure to consult with you first.

I monitor my own work as a therapist by attending regular supervision as I am committed to my own self-development. There are times where aspects of our sessions will be taken to my clinical supervisor to monitor my work with you. At no time will your name or any identifiable information be mentioned to my supervisor.

Cancellation:

I understand that there are times when you may be unable to attend your session. However, regular weekly attendance to your sessions is important. I require 48 hours’ notice if you have to miss your session otherwise the full fee will still have to be paid. If you give me more than 48 hours’ notice, there is a £10 cancellation fee.



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