Welcome to 
Clapham Common Psychotherapy

About James

James O’Neill is a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and clinical supervisor with an independent practice at Clapham Common, just off Clapham High Street, London.

He has a strong academic background and many years training and experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling.

He is also a trainer and teacher of psychotherapy and counselling. He provides clinical supervision to a range of practitioners engaged in therapeutic work.

James has a strong personal and professional interest in meditation and Buddhist Studies.

About James

James O’Neill is a highly qualified and experienced psychotherapist, counsellor and clinical supervisor with an independent practice at Clapham Common, just off Clapham High Street, London.

He has a strong academic background and many years training and experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling.

He is also a trainer and teacher of psychotherapy and counselling. He provides clinical supervision to a range of practitioners engaged in therapeutic work.

James has a strong personal and professional interest in meditation and Buddhist Studies.

Qualifications

James has over thirty years of experience working in private practice. In London he completed an MSc in Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University, then a full Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training at the Philadelphia Association in Hampstead in 1995.

He is a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and a training analyst, teacher and clinical supervisor.

He also practices and teaches meditation and Buddhist studies. He is the author of Undressing, (Short Books, 2019) and is working on a second entitled Suffering and its Cures, to be published soon. 

Services

Psychotherapy

In psychotherapy, the psychotherapist and the client work together to try to understand and resolve the client’s deep-seated emotional problems. They consider where the client may have become stuck and how he or she could lead a more interesting and enjoyable life.

Psychotherapy is based on psychoanalysis, but with a flexible approach, adapted to today’s world. It may involve examining past or present relationships, concerns about identity and sexuality, or a search for a sense of meaning in life.

People tend to come for therapy once a week. In some situations, it may be more often. Although psychotherapy can be a long-term relationship, its purpose is bring about change so that there is an end in sight

Counselling

Counselling aims to understand and resolve a particular problem. The counsellor works with the client to explore and define the problem, then helps the client consider various choices that would enable him or her to move on, or think about things differently.

Counselling can help people through problems such as:

  • loss or bereavement
  • relationship issues or crises
  • dealing with change
  • lack of confidence
  • parenting issues
  • difficulties with work
  • substance use
  • issues around sexual orientation and gender
  • depression
  • sexual issues and problems
  • loneliness and alienation
  • stress and anxiety
  • problems of ageing and illness
  • social phobias

Consultations and Fees

Initial consultation

At the first meeting James will consult with the client in order to decide whether psychotherapy or counselling would help and, if so, to agree a course of sessions. If not, he will help the client find a more suitable person such as a psychiatrist, cognitive psychologist or other professional. The initial consultation takes about an hour. It can usually be arranged within a week.

Further consultations

Each session usually lasts 50 minutes. They take place regularly over an agreed period, usually at the same time each week.

Fees

The cost of a consultation ranges from £50 to £85, depending on time of day and personal circumstances. There may be some special low-cost spaces reserved for students in full-time education or low earners.

James has his own private consulting room in Clapham. There is ample parking nearby. It is a two-minute walk from Clapham Common Underground Station on the Northern Line.

To book a consultation, telephone or email James today.

07794 420 941

bradleysky@me.com