Hello, my name is Sean O’Carroll. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably thinking about engaging in psychotherapy. Finding a therapeutic relationship that works for you can be a tricky and daunting task. Word-of-mouth recommendations are usually the best way to find an good therapist, and most of my clients come to me in that way.
What follows is a little bit about me, my training background, my interests, and how I work. For further information you could also check out this Q&A from 2017, and read my blog. If you are interested in working with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or queries.
I have been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2011. I am a psychotherapist, not a psychologist, and I do not work within the medical model. This means that I do not always think in terms of mental illness, and I do not prescribe medications. My approach is grounded in deep listening and genuine engagement with you and your experience. In this way I have successfully helped hundreds of clients improve their relationships, become unstuck, gain clarity, and live more wholehearted and fulfilling lives.
I have trained in a number of different schools of psychotherapy (see below), and also regularly work as an academic, trainer, and supervisor here in Melbourne, teaching others about all aspects of psychodynamic psychotherapy. My work is informed by gestalt relational therapy, transpersonal psychology, integrative psychotherapy, existential psychotherapy, art therapy, and eco-psychotherapy. I have a longstanding personal interest in eco-psychology - the relationship between the mind and the natural world - and this informs my work with clients.
In general I will meet new clients for an initial 90 minute session in which I will hear about you and your life. During this session you will also get a feel for me and how I work. At the conclusion of that first session we will decide whether we can work together. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Sean O'Carroll - Education
Master of Arts by Research in Experiential & Creative Arts Practice (MIECAT)
Advanced Certificate of Relational Gestalt Counselling (Gestalt Therapy Australia)
Graduate Certificate in Experiential & Creative Arts Practice (MIECAT)
BA (Honours) Philosophy: Phenomenology (University of Melbourne)
Diploma Transpersonal Counselling (Phoenix Institute of Australia)
Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy (Phoenix Institute of Australia)
Sean O'Carroll has professional registration with Holistic Therapists Australia (HTA). He is insured and receives regular supervision for his therapy practice. He regularly lectures at the Ikon Institute in Melbourne, in the Bachelor or Integrative Psychotherapy and the Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy programs.