Neil Keenan, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Neil Keenan

YATE BS37 English, Russian
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Neil Keenan, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Neil Keenan

YATE BS37 English, Russian
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My Approach

Clients in leadership

Senior roles in organisations bring unique challenges that are peculiar to leadership and management, and they can create social and relational isolation. Discretion and confidentiality are of great importance to my clients in light of the niche they often occupy within their organisations.

I am often contacted by leaders who have gained benefit from coaching sessions, and who want to explore further aspects of themselves or their lives that fall outside of the scope of coaching. I provide therapy with such clients that enables them to continue supporting coworkers who are relying on them, while also allowing them to address the issues they're bringing to therapy and to make the changes they want to see in themselves and their lives. In addition to working with current leaders, I meet in therapy sessions with those who have recently retired and are working out how to move into the next stage of their lives.

Neurodiversity and high-functioning autism

My second specialist are of work is with people who identify or are diagnosed as having high-functioning autism and other neurodivergent thinking styles. 'Standard' psychotherapy often doesn't suit this client group, and sometimes can be unhelpful. I make no assumptions about how neurodivergent clients mentally and emotionally process life events. Often, clients express relief at being able to explain their thinking style to me and for their explanation to be welcomed and accepted. If you identify yourself as mentally processing in a way that is very different to the majority, I'll work with you to adapt the therapeutic process to meet your individual needs. I've observed many times how this cooperative way of developing a personally-tailored therapeutic approach creates an environment where neurodivergent thinkers successfully address the challenges they bring to therapy. My specialist training and work with clients who have high-functioning autism (Asperger Syndrome) has helped many people and has been reported in the national press.

Therapy for individuals

People can feel overwhelmed as they move into the next stage of their life, which brings new challenges. Some find they are repeating past mistakes, which are emotionally painful, but they do not know how to do things differently.

My clients are sometimes experiencing crisis in their life and seek support to help them to make changes to habitual and intrusive feelings and thoughts that limit their joy. Such thoughts and feelings can lead to behaviour that damages relationships and the quality of life. Such issues include:

* depression or the absence of joy
* anxiety
* stress and managing work, family and personal commitments
* unfulfilling family relationships
* lack of meaning or purpose in life
* low self-esteem and confidence
* bereavement
* and confusion regarding sexual orientation and gender.

You can explore these issues in psychotherapy, resulting in real changes in the your way of life, improved relationships and an ability to maintain joy in the face of current problems and pressures.

Therapy for couples

I have much experience working with couples, and I understand that the way people experience themselves in a relationship is often very different to how they feel when with friends and other family members.

This means that the counselling needs to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual in the relationship, as well as the needs of the relationship itself, so it can flourish and provide an environment where you experience joy in life and in one another.

Professional standards

I work closely with clinical supervisors and, when necessary, other outside agencies, such as GPs, schools and local mental health professionals. I always consult with clients and work with them when advocating on their behalf to outside agencies. I follow the codes of ethics of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am a Certified Transactional Analyst registered with the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis, and I am accredited as a Psychotherapist by the UKCP. I'm endorsed by EATA to train and supervise psychotherapists, and I'm Director of Training at The Wyvern Institute of Psychotherapy & Counselling in Bristol. The Wyvern Institute is a Registered Training Establishment of the United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis and regulated by the UKCP.

About Me

I'm a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Transactional Analyst working with adults, and I'm a trainer of psychotherapists at a training centre just north of Bristol. In my practice, I meet in person with clients living locally, as well as online with people who live outside of the area.

In recent years, my private practice has focussed on working with people in positions of senior leadership in commercial organisations, government, education, and in the third sector. A second area of my specialist work has been working with people identifying or diagnosed as having high-functioning autism and other neurodivergent thinking styles.

I use Transactional Analysis (TA) in psychotherapy, and this approach provides broad scope to adapt the therapy sessions to meet individual needs and preferences. I'm also endorsed by the European Association for Transactional Analysis to train and supervise psychotherapists, and I'm Director of Training at The Wyvern Institute of Psychotherapy & Counselling in Bristol. My work as a TA psychotherapy trainer ensures I continue to develop my knowledge, understanding and skill as a psychotherapist, which enriches the therapy I provide and brings greater benefit to people I meet with.

‘This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance’

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

My therapeutic style with neurodivergent clients will change and be adapted depending on what they ask for. The 'standard' skills therapists learn in their training can heighten anxiety, stress and low self-esteem in many neurodivergent people. In the early sessions with a neurodivergent client, I will be intensely interested in how they mentally and emotionally process events and engage in relationships, and I invite them to be transparent in telling me how they'd like me to relate to them, how they'd prefer me to talk to them, and what they find difficult in contact with people in the neurotypical majority. This cooperative process of building the foundation of our working relationship is, in itself, often highly therapeutic and the first time they've experienced being truly heard. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship we've built, clients can more confidently explore the issues they'd like to address in their therapy with me.
I describe in my profile the therapy I provide to people who are called on to hold significant responsibilities in organisations. During my years of experience meeting with people in senior leadership roles, my clients have given me a deep and revealing insight into what can often be an isolating and demanding world. I have worked with these clients to develop a therapeutic approach that provides support so they can continue in the work they enjoy, and at the same time they can make changes in themselves and their lives. Commonly, cultural and organisational expectations of such people can make reaching out for some support quite a challenge. Once that step is taken, I have seen how clients have flourished through their therapy and started enjoying life again.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Illness
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Gender
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Physical Abuse
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

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£120 per session for individuals
£160 per session for couples

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
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