Verified Therapist

Laura OBrien

Qualifications & Accreditations:

BS; MA; Grad Dip Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy;
Intensive Training Reality Therapy

Professional Status:

Accredited Therapist

Issues worked with:

Anxiety, Depression, Suicide and Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma and PTSD, Bereavement and Loss, Relationship Issues, Sex and Sexuality, Identity Issues, Self-Esteem, Chronic / Terminal Illness, Work Related Stress

For whom:

Adults, Couples


€60 for individuals and €140 for couples
No charge for first introductory session of 30 mins

I do offer concession

Professional association:

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Theoretical approach:

Person Centred Psychotherapy, Humanistic and Integrative, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couple and Family Therapy, Mindfulness


I am a Reality Therapist working from a Choice Theory approach and an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist using person centred and CBT approaches.
Reality therapy is based on the work of psychiatrist William Glaser. It is founded on the idea that everyone is seeking to fulfill five basic needs, and mental health issues arise when any of these needs are not being met. The five basic needs are:
1) Power, or a sense of self-worth and achievement
2) Love and belonging, or being part of a family or community of loved ones
3) Freedom, or independence
4) Fun, which includes a sense of satisfaction or pleasure
5) Survival, or the comfort of knowing that one’s basic needs—food, shelter, and sex—are met.
When one or more of these needs go unfilled, the resulting problems occur in present time and in current relationships, so it makes sense to act and think in the present time. Reality therapy is also based on Choice Theory which is the principle that humans choose to behave in certain ways and that these choices can help or hamper your ability to satisfy essential needs and reach individual goals. You cannot change or control others, so the only sensible approach to solving problems is to control yourself and your own behavior by making choices that help you achieve your life goals.

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