Olivia Date MBACP (reg)
18B Cheap Street
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.) You can say or ask as much or as little as you like here - I'm happy to spend time in email contact with you before our first session.
3. We will then meet for a session. You can tell me what brings you to this point right now and towards the end of this first session we will discuss how we might proceed - whether this one session is enough, whether you'd like more, whether it's likely to be short-term (6 sessions generally) or longer-term (anything up to a year or two) work.
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)
£45 for a regular 50 minute session.
I do not offer 'trial/taster' sessions any more, as I have found they tend to add another layer of anxiety - people are unsure what they are trialing, or how much, or little they should divulge.
So your first session is a full session. Of course you are not committed to continuing - and you may find that one session is enough to help you find your feet and right yourself in your life.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work some evenings and Saturday mornings.
Types of client