Owen O'Toole MA. BA,  Dip. Counselling MBACP

Owen O'Toole MA. BA,  Dip. Counselling MBACP

I gained my first counselling qualification in 1986, while working as a teacher. Over the years I obtained further qualifications and found the skills and the self- awareness I developed, were not only useful when working with children but also with staff and parents/carers. I found that actively listening to people while being empathic often helped move the situation in a positive direction.

In the last 8 years I have worked with clients from 5 to 70 years old, in different situations including private practice, schools, medical centres and bereavement services.

Although I employ aspects from various counselling models, my approach is underpinned by positive regard for my client, empathy, being non-judgemental, keeping confidences and creating an environment that engenders trust by my client.

In the 2020 New Year's Honours list I was very proud to receive The British Empire medal for my work with children with special educational needs.

If you feel I can support you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.




Preliminary Certificate in Counselling

Certificate in Counselling

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Certificate of Proficiency. BACP

Registered Member of BACP

BA (Mathematics and Education)

MA (Special Educational Needs)

Advanced Diploma in the Education of Disabled Children.

Enhanced DBS, previously named CRB.



Present Activities

Private Practice

School Counsellor

Counselling both students and staff

Voluntary work for a local children's bereavement service

Accepting clients through http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk



"It has helped me so much thanks."

55 year old male

"It’s hard to know what exactly happens in counselling with you, but it really helps."

24 year old female

"Thanks for the counselling. If things go downhill again can I come back again?"

37 year old male

"Once I tell you something the weight comes off my shoulders."

12 year old male

"Having you listen so carefully to me does not sound like a big deal, but it is."

15 year old female


Contact Me

If you have any questions or quieries about any of the above please feel free to contact me by email or telephone