John Paul O’Brien, Pg. Dip. Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Pg. Dip. Communication, B.Sc. Sport and Exercise Science

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” ~ Anaïs Nin

John Paul believes that given the right conditions all individuals have the capacity to reconcile their difficulties, realise their true selves and become masters of their own lives. John Paul therefore provides a compassionate, non-judgemental and confidential space, wherein he accompanies each individual towards healing and growth.

John Paul places central value on the uniqueness of each individual, inviting him or her to explore and befriend the different facets of his or her personality. John Paul equally values the wholeness of each person, taking into consideration mind, body, feelings and spirit. He seeks to cultivate an individual’s awareness, choice, creativity, compassion and expression, enabling him or her to unfold and connect to his or her true nature over time.

John Paul’s approach is sourced primarily in person-centred psychotherapy and psychosynthesis, while also drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural and systemic models. He works with a broad range of issues including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sexuality, gender identity, isolation, bullying, and relationship difficulties.

John Paul completed his postgraduate counselling and psychotherapy studies in Turning Point Training Institute affiliated with Dublin City University and is a pre-accredited member of IACP. He has completed supplementary training in body psychotherapy, Ayurveda and the therapeutic use of mindfulness. John Paul is a B.Sc. graduate in Sport and Exercise Sciences (including Sport and Exercise Psychology) from the University of Limerick, where he also graduated with a first class honours postgraduate diploma in communication.

John Paul is passionate about providing emotional support for athletes, which he offers through He has worked with a number of voluntary agencies, including KARE, Handicap International and Gay Switchboard Ireland. He previously facilitated a monthly support group for married men who are attracted to other men and currently facilitates a personal development course for gay men.