Sheila O'Sullivan

Cirencester GL71DP English
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Sheila O'Sullivan

Cirencester GL71DP English
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My Approach

I was trained in integrative body psychotherapy at the Chiron Centre. I work towards being an embodied practitioner and encourage my clients to be aware of their own bodies so that they are not governed solely by their mind. I take the the view that we are affected by our childhood and that will impact on how we are today. I work with clients to make links with the past and present, so that with more awareness, different choices can be make. I consider self-compassion to be very important and will encourage clients to have a mindfulness practice.

About Me

I have been working for 25 years as an integrative psychotherapist, I adapt my approach to suit the needs of the client so can work in a time limited way or focus more on personal process which is more open ended. I am trained in integrative supervision and work with individuals and group. I supervise students and experienced psychotherapists. I have also been a teacher for over 40 years, working in primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education. I have continued my CPD, training in attachment, compassion focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy and working with trauma. I have a doctorate in psychoanalytic studies and my research was on voluntary childlessness.

I have continued with my professional development by attending conferences and seminars to keep abreast of changes in the profession. I have completed a PhD on 'How is childlessness and the decision whether to parent understood by psychoanalytic practitioners. I also continue to teach counselling and psychotherapy with the Open University.

I work with

  • 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.

Through body awareness, I encourage clients to manage their anxiety and to know when to pay attention to it and what it might be saying.
Throughout my life I have been interested in different cultures and my first degree encompassed exploring a range of different religious beliefs and the experiences of individuals and groups from a variety of cultures living in the UK. As a therapist, I have continued with my CPD to explore working with difference in the consulting room.
Existentialists would argue that depression and anxiety are part of life and it is how we live with these aspects of ourselves and understand them.
Throughout my professional life as a psychotherapist I have worked with individuals and couples who have experienced infertility as well as those who have undergone IVF.
I have specialist training in working with PTSD and I have worked with individuals who have experienced and live with PTSD.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Body Psychotherapist
  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Gender
  • Health-related Issues
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessions
  • Parents
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sex Problems
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

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

Cirencester Office

7 North Home Rd
Cirencester GL71DP

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

Sheila O'Sullivan

Cirencester GL71DP

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