“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” — Carl Rogers
My name is Patricia O’Connell and I am an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. At times, life can be difficult and confusing, which can cause us to become stuck in ways of thinking and behaving. Having a professional to help you recognise and understand these patterns can enable you to gain a better understanding and new perspectives, in order to make positive changes in your life and to find your own way forward.
The relationship between the counsellor and the client is at the heart of my approach. Finding the right counsellor for you is important. It is not easy to open up and put your trust in a stranger, but I will do my best to reassure you as you take those first steps. I provide a free 15 minute consultation, so we can meet, discuss what you are looking for from counselling and decide whether we might work well together.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I offer a safe, confidential space to talk. I believe this to be the place from where solid, therapeutic and lasting change is developed.
I am also affiliated with Alternatives in Watford, a pregnancy crisis and support centre. In my role as a counsellor, I offer emotional and practical support for anyone experiencing pregnancy-related challenges and perinatal mental health.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions at all.
I work with adults from a variety of backgrounds. My previous experience includes counselling roles within a range of settings: a general counselling service and trauma support services, where I have helped clients overcome anxiety and depression; confidence and self-esteem issues; bereavement; miscarriage, stillbirth and infertility; relationship or family problems; coercive control; life transitions etc.
As an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor based in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, my work is informed by the three main psychotherapeutic approaches – Person-centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural. I adapt my work to suit the needs of each client and integrate suitable interventions to work with whatever the client is presenting. My role is to help clients find clarity and inner peace through non-judgmental, empathic listening combined with the use of therapeutic tools and techniques.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
I have experience helping people navigate a number of life challenges. Above are a list of some of the areas I work with. If you have a concern that you would like to explore outside those listed, please feel free to contact me.
Please note: this service is for clients 18 years of age and over.
Free 15 minute telephone consultation to provide us with an opportunity for you to tell me a little about what has brought you to counselling and for us both to look at whether working together would be beneficial.
Face to face, telephone or Zoom sessions are charged at £40. Sessions are for 1 hour and are normally at the same time each week, but I do offer some flexibility. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at the full rate.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you, and whether I am the right therapist to help. You can also call me on 07897 863 079 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first.
All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.
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