Elizabeth Oliver, MBACP (Accred), Clear Space Counselling & Psychotherapy
33 London Rd
01892 249012 / 07582 099 750
I'm a qualified, BACP registered and accredited counsellor with a broad range of experience. In addition to my practice at Clear Space in Southborough, I work at the Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre where I am a senior counsellor. I have also worked with child and family support organisation 'Fegans' providing one-to-one counselling for adults and young people, and in schools in Medway and West Kent.
I have experience of working with a wide variety of issues such as: self-development and identity, relationship issues, low mood, depression, anxiety, stress, fertility issues and being affected by ill-health and pain, among others.
As an accredited member of BACP, I am bound by their requirements for continuing professional development and their code for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am fully insured and have clinical supervision in place for my practice.
Call me to find out more: Tel: 01892 249012 or 07582 099 750
What happens when I come for counselling?
Before beginning counselling, we first meet for an initial consultation. I allow fifty minutes for the initial consultation, giving time for us to decide together whether working with me is the right way forward for you. It is important that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with – someone you can connect to and feel you can speak to without fear of being judged. You need to feel that what you have to say will be heard with respect and understood.
How long will I have counselling?
This depends on your individual needs, and on what your interests and aims are in coming for counselling. We can either agree to work for a specific number of sessions, or to work together on an open-ended basis, for as long as is helpful to you. After the initial consultation, counselling sessions also last for 50 minutes each time, and we meet on the same day and at the same time each week.
What happens in a counselling session?
During a counselling session, you are encouraged to talk freely about whatever problems have brought you to counselling, or whatever might be on your mind. Counselling is not about being given advice, but about being helped to connect with your feelings, ideas and experiences in order to find your own answers, tell your own story and find more fulfilling and rewarding ways to live. You may move on from your initial problem, and start reflecting on your experience in other areas. It is my role to listen carefully, to provide a safe place for you to connect with and express your feelings, and to help you explore.
What model of counselling do you use?
My core training is in psychodynamic counselling. The psychodynamic model focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering, with the aim of not just alleviating symptoms, but building the resources for a healthier life. It aims to help us gain awareness and understanding of those aspects of ourselves and our ways of relating with ourselves and others, which might have their origins in our earlier experience and relationships, in ways that may not be initially obvious.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Registered, accredited member of BACP.
Experience and training:
The Counselling Centre Tunbridge Wells, 2009-present
Fegans, Tunbridge Wells Jan 2015-Oct 2016, including counselling in schools in West Kent
Place2Be training and experience in school-based counselling for children 2011-2013, including counselling in a Medway primary school
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 2012 (WPF)
BA Hons, 2;1 University of Leeds 1991
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
The fee for an initial 50 minute consultation is £45, and I also charge £45 per 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|