Olivia Date MBACP (reg)
Elm Hayes Surgery
I am a person-centred therapist, working from rooms in Frome and Paulton (south of Bristol). I have flexible working hours, and can offer some evenings and Saturday mornings.
I have seen clients with a wide range of issues, often described by their doctors, or themselves, as anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, anger, obsessive compulsive disorders. Sometimes these terms feel helpful - but sometimes they don't. You may be feeling a mixture of these things, or something else entirely. You may sense that something 'isn't right' in your life, but you don't quite know what it is.
People are wonderful, complex beings, with a wide range of sometimes interconnecting, sometimes warring, parts. I see my job as working with you to help you reconnect the different parts of yourself in order to find greater enjoyment and fulfillment in life.
What to do now?
1. Taking the first step is difficult, but you've done that already by reading this - and probably a whole lot of other profiles and information.
2. The next step is to get in touch; email, phone or text me and we'll find a convenient time to meet. (Don't forget to say whether you want to meet in Frome, or Paulton.)
3. We will then meet for an initial 'trial' or 'taster' session. This is your chance to check whether this is right for you - and it is perfectly OK to say 'thanks, but no thanks'. You can then try someone, or something, else and you will have learned something - something will have shifted a bit.
But if we feel comfortable working with each other, if you feel you can trust me, then we start our work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my counselling training 30 years ago, at Metanoia in London but acquired my Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill in Exeter, much more recently, in 2013.
I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and an MA in Education Management.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
I have worked with a wide range of individual clients, both men and women, from ages 13 – 73, privately, in a large school and in a GP surgery.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Learning difficulties
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
£20 for an initial, 'taster' session
£45 for a regular 50 minute session.
I also offer a few slots of 'affordable counselling', in Paulton, where you pay what you can afford (from £5 upwards) and the Counsellors' Collective helps make up any difference.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work some evenings and Saturday mornings.
Types of client