Dr Lucy O’Connor DCPsych (UK)

 Dr (UK) Lucy O′Connor

Dr (UK) Lucy O′Connor

I am a UK trained and accredited Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist with a Doctorate from Middlesex University, UK. I have lived and worked abroad for many years (Germany, Finland, Sweden, China, US and Dubai) and have practiced in this time both in English and German with a wide range of clients, both in short term and long term, in private practice. My many years of living in a variety of cultures inspired my Doctoral Research in the area of Psychology into transgenerational trauma and intercultural relational dynamics and these insights are interwoven into my client work.

Prior to becoming a psychologist, I took a degree in Communication Studies, followed by a post-grad in Marketing and worked several years in the communications sector (sales, marketing, advertising, communications training, intercultural coaching) in varying locations worldwide. This experience informs and enriches my work with clients facing workplace issues or who find themselves overwhelmed due to the intercultural issues both professionally and personally.

I offer integrative psychotherapy for a variety of issues, including trauma, post-traumatic stress, feelings of anxiety, low mood or feelings of depression, relational difficulties, grief, loss, crisis management and cultural adaptation. I value creating a collaborative therapeutic bond with my clients, which I believe is key to nurturing individual and relational well-being, stability, change and growth. My work is always informed by attention to such factors as cultural background, disability and sexual orientation. I adhere to the code of ethics laid down by my accrediting institutions.

Working as an integrative therapist, I work collaboratively with the client using a flexible approach which is tailored to each person’s individual needs. I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ philosophy in my work as every person I see is different and each treatment plan needs to be honed to meet individual goals. In order to offer the best treatment approach for you, I incorporate a range of evidence-based and scientifically-researched psychotherapeutic techniques and approaches, incorporating Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural, Humanistic, Mindfulness and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. I believe in the importance that we agree together on the approach best suited to your specific aims. I work at providing a safe space in which our therapeutic relationship is experienced as authentic, mutual, supportive, non-judgemental, honest, challenging and compassionate. Together we work at building a supportive space in which you feel safe to challenge yourself and risk behaving, thinking and experiencing differently.