Carrie Anne O’Keefe – Counselling & Psychotherapy
Carrie Anne O’Keefe: I am a professional therapist since 2001 (17 years ongoing) and a registrant with the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I am committed to developing my skills and knowledge and have specialisms in; Psychological Trauma PTSD relating to bereavement, sexual abuse including child abuse, all gender’s suffering from the effects of domestic violence. I have enhanced my training and development with a BA (hons) in Criminal Justice & Law and work closely with victims of all crime particularly serious crimes.
“Effective therapy is about a number of things: life experience, expertise, a clear diagnosis, concise goals, the knowledge and the tools to effectively assist the client to navigate difficult life issues. It’s also about possessing a genuine empathy being non- judgemental and commitment for the client and their journey.”
My key achievements in 2002, developing the first student counselling service and family support services based in North Shropshire Secondary school. Initially I was funded 2002-2004 on a two-year pilot project however, recognition for my outstanding outcomes Shropshire council then funded me for a further 9 years to 2013. The project was later rolled out to other local secondary schools and modelled on my initial project.
My next achievement which I’m immensely proud of 2014-2016 I set up Kit Bag For Families. I successfully achieved funding through the Military Community Covenant Funding & Shropshire Council to provided therapeutic support for the Armed Forces Community in Shropshire. The Armed Forces Community is especially important to me which I demonstrated by fundraising through jumping in 4 Sky Dives, organising a community afternoon to enjoy the local & international Porthywaen Silver band alongside local bands including a community raffle. I have also competed in the Cumbrian Challenge Walking for the Wounded where I hiked over various mountains in one day including Scafell Pike. To date I have raised £23.000 for the British Armed Forces & Families.
My present employment includes being a lead advocate advocating for victims of crime especially Modern-Day Slavery and Child Sexual Exploitation. More recently I have been commissioned by a national charity to provide therapeutic counselling for those victims who have been traumatised or struggling to cope with the effects of crime.
What inspired me to work within the field of therapeutic care and support.
My childhood was extremely challenging and abusive without parents or family it was a lonely place for any child to survive. This is not a pity story but rather I hope to empower people for those of you who may be struggling with your past or present not to give up. On numerous occasions several people in my distant past had written me off, and those people thought little of me. I wanted to survive and prove that against all the odds I can aspire to achieve and lead a reasonably happy and healthy life. My own struggles to believe in myself and eventually acknowledging I do deserve happiness rewarded me with 3 children who are now successful adults. My children and my grandchild are my universe and continue to fulfil my hopes and dreams of being a worthwhile individual. I hope through my own experiences my empathy shines through for you and MY SPACE – COUNSELLING facilities you to choose the path you need to be on and the inner peace you deserve.