Frank O'Donovan

UKCP Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor

About Me

I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor accredited by UPCA and a registered member of UKCP.

Prior to becoming a therapist I endured a long career in finance in Central London. I changed careers in my early 50s and gained a Master's degree in psychotherapy and full accreditation as a psychotherapist.

I have worked in a wide variety of counselling settings including Guy's Hospital at London Bridge, Pentonville Prison, a bereavement centre and university where I worked with a wide range of people of different ages, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The issues and concerns I have worked with include depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, loss, crisis, sexual abuse, relationship issues, lack of meaning in life. I also worked at a centre for survivors of sexual abuse and male rape.

How I work

The focus of the work will be to explore the concerns and issues you may have about your life in a safe and supportive setting. The work will be collaborative and our aim will be to help you understand more about who you are and who you want to be.

While we each carry our own hopes and expectations of life, sometimes our lives can feel empty and meaningless, we seem to be drifting and disappointed. Starting counselling and experiencing a therapeutic relationship could be the start of healing and growth and discovering a different approach to life.

My Training & Qualifications

My training is integrative which means that I draw upon a range of different therapeutic models but is essentially humanistic and existential. This means that I value your subjective experience and in our sessions the work will be tailored to your individual needs.

  • BA (Hons) English Studies
  • Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychology Birkbeck College (University of London)
  • MA Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling from Middlesex University through studies at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London.

I am fully accredited with the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and I am fully covered by Professional Liability Insurance.

Experience

I have extensive experience working with clients with:

  • depression and anxiety
  • couples
  • relationship issues
  • LGBT* issues
  • loss and bereavement counselling
  • survivors of sexual abuse.

I have been trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) at Guy's Hospital, London, where I worked for nearly four years as an honorary counsellor.

I have also worked as a counsellor at a bereavement centre, university, sexual abuse centre and at HM Pentonville Prison.

I am interested in working with people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and members of sexual minorities.

I continue to attend workshops and seminars as part of my professional development.