JAN O’MAHONY COUNSELLING
My name is Jan O'Mahony. I am a fully qualified psychodynamic counsellor and therapist (BSc.MBACP) with over 20 years experience, accredited and registered with BACP.
I believe therapy has the potential to fundamentally change the way we perceive the world and our place within it. Whether struggling with anxiety, depression, stress or low self-worth, counselling can offer an essential space to explore the roots of our dissatisfaction and help us find a new direction.
I offer counselling and therapy to people living or working in Central London and Islington. For those who have to travel for work we can continue therapy over Skype.
£60 for Individual Therapy
£80 for Couples Therapy
I see people in the following locations:
In Central London:
At 37-41, Gower Street, WC1E 6HH on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
In Islington, London:
At City Road Therapy, 335 City Road, London EC1V 1LJ on Mondays.
"Wow! What a relief it is to discover me and operate from there, rather than dance around trying to be what I thought others wanted me to be. Going to therapy has been so worth it."
- Mike Joseph
A Space to Talk.
There is something you need to talk about, but where do you turn?
Talking with friends and family is invaluable, but they are involved in your life and it might feel too risky to expose them to your darker thoughts and feelings. There could be too much at stake. This may be when a counsellor is just the right person to turn to, someone with whom there is nothing at stake.
Problems like depression, anxiety and unresolved issues from the past can be very challenging to overcome without help from a therapist. Counselling is a relational collaborative endeavour, in which you and therapist work together to gain a deeper understanding of you and to make real and lasting changes in your life.
How therapy can help.
People have come to me for counselling for a variety of reasons including:
Depression and feeling life is pointless and useless
Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks and PTSD
Trying to please others and feeling invisible and unappreciated
Feeling inadequate in spite of impressive achievements, sometimes called "Imposter syndrome"
The legacy of childhood sexual abuse
Coping with older age
The turmoil of being an adolescent & trying to find your place in life
The impact of being adopted
Couples experiencing difficulties and conflicts.
Counselling and Therapy can help you to:
clarify and articulate what you are thinking and feeling
see how your past influences & continues to affect your present life
see what part you play in your relationships to others and the world
face painful and difficult feelings
prioritise what is most important to you so you can look forward with greater confidence.
"I'm really beginning to understand the patterns in my life which I keep on repeating again and again. I've been through frustration seeing myself, yet again, responding in the same way. But, now my perspective has shifted enough for me to respond in a much more authentic and productive way and I feel liberated. Thank you Jan for your patience."
- Rachel Harrison
What is ‘Psychodynamic’ Counselling?
Put briefly, psychodynamic counselling stresses the significance of our early childhood experience in shaping our patterns of relating and our sense of self.
It highlights how these patterns are still active in our adult relationships, even though we are unaware of them and they may no longer reflect our adult status.
By noticing and becoming more aware of your taken-for-granted expectations and attitudes, and the ways in which you interpret the world and your place in it, you can make adjustments to this 'world view' which will serve you better.
"I highly recommend Jan. She is a real person with a good sense of humour as well as having great insight. I felt at ease from the first session."
- Daniel Campbell
Couples, whether straight, gay or lesbian, often get into difficulties at some point in their relationship. In the 21st Century we have enormously high expectations of our intimate relationships: our lover, our confidante, our best friend, our domestic partner, so little wonder that the relationship staggers under the weight of expectations.
In couple therapy we will explore what taken-for-granted expectations are at work in the relationship. Each member of the couple will be given space and time to express their doubts, problems and misgivings to which the other partner will listen and reflect back what they have heard and understood. Together we will shift the conversation away from blame towards a greater recognition of the distinctiveness of the other person and what kind of relationship is possible or desirable.
Below are a selection of TED Talks that you may find interesting or useful to have a look at. I update this section regularly and I am always on the look out for inspiring content to share with my clients.