Orna O’Connor

Orna’s fee is €80 per session

Psychotherapy Training and Accreditation

Orna holds a Master of Science in Counselling and Psychotherapy awarded by Northampton University. She is a certified associate of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists (IAHIP) and abides by their ethics whilst working towards accreditation

Orna has additional training in psychotherapy process group facilitation.  She is also a trained yoga teach (RYT250hrs).

Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Approach

Orna (she/her) strives to provide safe, warm and effective psychotherapy which honours the unique life experience of each individual client. She practices humanistic integrative psychotherapy. As this form of therapy views the therapeutic relationship as the key to healing, Orna pays close attention to the relational dynamics that are present in real time in each session.

Orna believes that the therapeutic journey of each client is ultimately a journey to heal the relationship with the self. She sees her role in a client’s therapeutic journey as a provider of a solid open presence, there to guide, support, challenge, hold and let go when needed.

Whatever the presenting issue is for a client, Orna seeks to collaborate to examine and work with the underlying processes that are causing suffering and distress. This work may involve a combination of listening, talking, breath work, internal parts work and various other types of exploration, all within the context of a safe, authentic relational space.

Counselling Experience and Areas of Interest

Orna welcomes adult clients of all identities, from all walks of life, at various life stages. Her work has been both in low-cost outreach services and in private practice.

She works with people struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, childhood sexual abuse, compulsive intrusive thoughts, eating disorders, grief, personal identity issues, C-PTSD, those impacted by suicide, and many other kinds of human struggles.

Orna has a particular clinical interest in the clients’ relationship to their body and nervous system. She is a trained and experienced yoga teacher. This training and teaching required anatomy and physiology study which has honed her knowledge of the functioning of the human nervous system and informs therapeutic approaches to working with trauma.

She is interested in emergent clinical research on eating disorders which focuses on the existential quality of client recovery processes. Outside of her private practice, Orna, also holds an academic teaching and research position (DCU) within the subject of Human Development with a particular focus on understanding human wellbeing.

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