Tracy O’Connell

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(BA Hons), and Dip in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Adv Dip, MBACP (‘Professional standards authority’ accredited register)

I have been a practising Counsellor/Psychotherapist for a number of years now. I am qualified in various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapies. I am also qualified in psychopathology; enabling me to deal with various mental health issues; varying from depression to PTSD. Additionally I support various charities that I hold dear to my heart, by counselling individuals who need support at traumatic times in their lives. Helping to make vital changes for bereaved parents and children, as well as many individuals who have lost loved ones, or have experienced traumatic events in their lives.

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My qualifications are as follows:

  • First class BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Dip, in Microsoft user specialist.
  • ABC certificate in counselling skills – Level 2 & 3 (a person-centred model used by many well-known bereavement services.
  • I hold a full DBS certificate – allowing me to work with vulnerable adults & children.
  • I hold a government required, Certificate of Proficiency.
  • I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP). You will find me on their ‘professional standards authority’ accredited register. My registered practitioner number is (085760).

I have extensive experience working with clients who have experienced numerous issues such as anxiety (panic attacks), depression, low self-esteem/confidence, eating disorders, people who have suffered either emotional, or as well as sexual abuse, loss, bereavement of adults as well as of children; including stillbirth & neonatal death, gender issues, sexual-orientation, insomnia, body image issues, anger management, self-harm in varying degrees, suicidal attempts and ideations, clients with varying disabilities, OCD, complex trauma, relationship issues, clients suffering with cancer as well as extended family members, dementia issues, bullying issues, generalised stress and also exam stress. Although I counsel many issues as you can see from above, I have a special interest in counselling in the following areas: bereavement, especially bereaved parents and individuals who have suffered emotional or sexual abuse, and young people in all areas, as I believe if change can happen early in life, those issues will not weigh heavy into adulthood.

Through my own life traumas, I appreciate personally that taking the first step into counselling is an extremely daunting experience; as you simply do not know what to expect. I offer my clients a calm environment, which is non-judgemental, warm and empathic; whilst remaining professional and ethical in my manner at all times.

I have experience of working with adults, adolescents, as well as children. I offer both short and long-term therapy, based upon the clients’ presenting issues, thus offering counselling tailored to the clients individual needs.

I do however value a collaborative therapeutic relationship in which we work together to enhance change. I will help you to explore your innermost thoughts and feelings, allowing you, the client, to gain clarity on your situation; enabling you to form coping strategies to deal with your issues. I firmly believe by providing a safe, non-judgemental environment for my clients, allows the client to build trust in the therapeutic relationship. Empowering the client to utilise their time in counselling effectively, at a pace that is dictated by them; in an environment they feel safe to openly express themselves in.