Jan O'MahonyPsychodynamic counsellor
During the coronavirus shut down I am still available to meet on-line using Zoom or Facetime.
I am a MBACP accredited counsellor and have been in private practice for over 20 years, as well as having worked for the NHS for 15 years and Nightingale Hospital in Marylebone for 4 years. So, I have seen a lot of people of varying ages, cultural backgrounds and sexual orientation. Therapy is a process of discovery, which most of us would never embark on if it were not for the problems we encounter, yet it is an enriching process.
I work in a collaborative way with each person I meet. Together we explore what it is you are experiencing - eg. how you feel, what you think, what you think others' expectations of you are, what your taken-for-granted attitudes are, how your values may be challenged - so you can see yourself more clearly.
My approach is a mixture of psychodynamic and existential. Very briefly, psychodynamic stresses the significance of our early childhood experience within the family in shaping our sense of self and patterns of relating, and explores how these are still active in our adult lives even though we are unaware of them and they may no longer reflect our adult status. An existential approach identifies certain fundamental aspects of human existence which challenge us and can make us anxious: we must create meaning in our lives; our lives are finite; we are ultimately alone; and we are thrown into a world not of our making. To encounter any of these may be scary and challenging but also highlight our freedom to pursue a life of meaning and significance in our own terms.
Issues often worked with
My fee for individuals is £65 per session and for couples £90 per session
Training and qualifications
BSc. Hons. Social Science (London)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling (University of East London)