Oliver Williams, Professional Dip Therapeutic Counselling
Professional person-centred counselling for men, women and young adults suffering psychological distress such as anxiety and depression, as well as common life problems such as bereavement and work stress.
I am available for evening and Sunday appointments in Winchester. In session one it can be helpful to establish your aims for therapy; do not worry if you have none or, if you are unsure about what they are as therapy moves at your pace.
Contact me by email or telephone to arrange your first appointment.
We will find a mutually agreeable time for weekly sessions.
What is person-centred therapy?
Metaphorically speaking, person-centred therapy is like having a companion on a journey... who goes with you wherever you want to go, however fast or slow.
As a companion, the therapist is also a passenger. And as such, I will see things that you will not. Perhaps these are things you haven’t seen before or, perhaps you were already aware of them but haven't been too close.
We can go closer if you wish... or we can simply move on to other parts of your journey.
At some point in the past, recently or long ago, your journey became difficult.
There has been depression, anxiety and rage… you've become lost... or, there are too many places for you to be all at once and you have questions... in therapy, you'll learn that you already have the answers.
You haven't seen the answers yet because you've been distracted. There have been confusing signs on your journey, heavy weather and there may even have been accidents… so we have to watch and listen carefully... and together, we are going to find your way.
What does a therapist do?
My role is to facilitate your courage, your resilience and your autonomy. In short, your self development.
While in the process of person-centred therapy you can develop a greater capacity for joy in life, a sense of ease with who you are and the confidence that you will be who you want to be; that you can make the changes you want to make. This might be termed your mental wellbeing...
I facilitate this personal growth by offering a therapeutically driven relationship.
This is based on attitudes, techniques and boundaries that are necessary and sufficient for your psychological growth. In other words, a 'way of being' that is informed by a researched theory of (human) personality, (my) approach and (your) change.
Our psyches or, personalities develop in relationships. In a very personal sense, we know ourselves through others... even as you are reading this, you are relating to the product of another psyche.
This is why relationships are so important...
Is this the same as having a friend?
No... but the question is reasonable.
An important distinction is that as your therapist, I have no personal need from our relationship other than being a therapist. As such I will not be threatened by your distress. This leaves me free to empathise with you; to be with you however you are... and to accept the parts of your psyche that possibly even you struggle with.
In this 'space' of professional acceptance, you will learn to accept yourself...
And to quote Carl Rogers, the founder of the person-centred approach:
“… the curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I change.”
How can this happen?
Therapeutic exercise is like physical exercise. In this sense, I am comparable to your personal trainer and you will become psychologically fitter... more agile and resilient.
But while I may offer a searchlight on your journey I will never tell you in which direction to travel nor where to look closer and explore… because you already have these answers.
Even if not consciously... then deep down in your psyche; your self... you have everything you need... you have only to access it...
So we'll talk... and listen... and find your way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma Therapeutic Counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
£40 per 50 minute session, to be paid in advance.
Or, 4 sessions purchased together at £140.
I require 2 days notice (48 hours) for cancellations in order for session charges to be avoided.
If you are facing financial difficulties but require counselling contact me. I keep limited space for concessions because I know that psychological distress can result in lost or reduced income.
Together we'll find a way forward.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Winchester appointments. Weekday evenings (except Thursday): 4pm and 9pm. Sundays: 9am to 5pm
Types of client