Richard Oliver - UKCP Accredited
In addition to talking therapy, I offer rehearsals of moments in life (a call, a conversation). We look at these actively and creatively to practise handling them in a fresh way.
What to Expect
Please expect me to take an active approach and suggest solutions. We do not sit in silence.
My father always stopped to listen to strangers tell their story. I am inspired by my father.
I worked for many years in business and I take a targeted approach. We review our sessions to ensure that we are making progress.
Before the first session, we have a brief phone call to introduce ourselves.
Experience shows that this work is successful when we meet weekly. Attending each week is important even if you feel tired or stressed.
I am ready to help you as I have helped many others.
Who I Work With
I concentrate on helping adults who are experiencing any mental issue. I have worked with well-known conditions such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, anger management and difficulties with relationships. My speciality is how I work actively and creatively to move to the core of the matter.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am UKCP accredited (my reg no is 6158334) and I have 14 years of post-qualification experience since I qualified in 2006.
Training in Oxford
I attended training at the Oxford School of Psychodrama and Integrative Psychotherapy. My trainers were Peter Haworth and Susie Taylor who are well-known and respected. I started training in 1998 and most of it was completed by 2003. I still had to run a weekly group in the NHS and write my dissertation ... these were achieved by 2006.
My training involved facilitating a weekly group with real patients to prove that I could professionally handle the issues that arise. I held an honorary contract for 3 years at a London hospital psychotherapy department (Mile End Hospital) where I ran a weekly group for out-patients. This included assessing patients as well as facilitating the group of 5-6 members with depression and anxiety.
Accreditation with UKCP
To help the public know who they can trust, UKCP set high standards for psychotherapists to be trained and experienced. They give their seal of approval to those who meet their standards. I received my UKCP registration (approval) in 2006.
From 2006 onwards, I have practised both individual work and group work. Many people have benefited from my individual sessions after attending them for weeks or months according to what they need. Similarly, many people have attended my London group at Mind in Camden (it started in 2009) and now I work in Diss (South Norfolk). Of course, working online with Zoom means that you might live anywhere in the UK.
I offer therapy In our sessions, I write down a target that we wish to achieve from the sessions and we stay focused on that. My previous experience was in business and I make sure that I provide value for money.
I work on a group basis and with individuals face to face. Please expect sessions to carry on until you have had enough (there is no fixed limit).
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My rates are as follows:
Individual sessions of 55 minutes cost £46
We can discuss a reduced rate if you are earning the minimum wage or are unwaged.
Concessions offered for
I respond to your enquiry as soon as possible with a brief phone call.
An important part of my practice is to make clients feel welcome.