About Us

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Counselling Solutions was founded by Director of Services Karen O’Neill.  She is a BACP senior accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and has an MA in Practice Based Play Therapy.

Karen initially trained as a general nurse and from this developed her career in counselling and psychotherapy, which has evolved through clinical experience and continuing professional development into an integrative approach, enabling her to draw upon a range of theories and modalities to inform her practice.  She has worked in education settings, GP Surgeries, for local Charities and Local Authorities.

She is an accredited Play Therapist and Clinical Supervisor.  She has undertaken training in Sandplay Therapy with BISS (British and Irish Sandplay Society) and with Barbara Turner in the USA.

Karen has a particular interest in trauma and attachment, having trained in Theraplay®, Filial Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy; both trainings were in USA as-well as Somatic Trauma Therapy and EMDR.

In addition, Karen has a Certificate in Education and has delivered counselling and play therapy training to professionals and front line staff throughout the UK and overseas including Ireland, Malta, Morocco, Ethiopia.  She was part of the team of Senior Trainers and Clinical Therapists who delivered Filial Coaching/Mentoring courses in Ethiopia to Health Extension Workers and community Volunteers. This programme was designed by Play Therapy International (PTI) specifically for the needs of severely malnourished children in conjunction with UNICEF Ethiopia.  The aim was to increase the survival rate and physical growth of malnourished children admitted within Therapeutic Feeding Programmes, through complementing emergency nutrition interventions with emotional and physical stimulations for children and their parents/carers.

Karen has an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and has Professional memberships with:

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

PTUK (Play Therapy United Kingdom)

EMDR Association UK and Ireland

Counselling Solutions works with a team of associates who are qualified Practitioners and who have extensive experience in working in a number of settings.  All are skilled to provide and maintain excellence within their specialist professional field and are dedicated to working to the highest standards in order to meet your needs.