Abigail Oatway Dip.Humanistic Counselling. Registered Member BACP
I live and work in West Sussex, as a qualified counsellor I offer a safe, confidential, friendly environment for young people and adults.
Working from a shepherds hut, in a peaceful, location, I offer both short term and long term counselling.
I believe the relationship between client and counsellor is of huge importance, and hope that through being non-judgemental and offering acceptance, empathy and warmth, you will be able to explore and understand issues which are important to you. Whatever it is that you are struggling with, being able to share it, be heard and understood without being judged can bring clarity and hope.
I am a member of, and registered with, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, working within their Ethical Framework which is based on principals of autonomy, respect, trustworthiness, avoiding harm to clients and promoting client's well-being. I participate in regular personal and professional development opportunities and as required, my work is regularly overseen by a qualified clinical supervisor.
I have experience in supporting people of all ages, who have brought a wide range of issues, including: bereavement, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, self-harm, redundancy, illness and caring responsibilities.
At the first session I will ask you in more detail about what has brought you to therapy, about your current circumstances such as relationships, support networks and details of your history.
If you would like to meet again and I feel I am able to support you, we can arrange a subsequent meeting. I will recommend we meet for a number of sessions and provide you with details of my commitment to confidentiality and data protection, plus a therapeutic contract. A therapeutic contact is not a legal contract but more a commitment for our work together. We sometimes refer to this as a ‘Therapeutic Alliance’.
As we approach the end of the initial agreed sessions, I recommend that we review how useful they have been for you and how you are feeling about the process. At this point, we can determine if you feel happy to continue and agree a time to review our progress again.
I will always show you respect and ensure your best interest is at the heart of our work.
I have an up to date DBS check.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed my Diploma in Humanistic Counselling at Chichester University. My experience of working with adults comes from a variety of organisations, including Carers Support West Sussex. I work with children and young people in schools across West Sussex.
I have completed a number of training courses including:
- CBT with a Heart
- Motivational Interviewing
- Working with Attachment
- Symbolic Sandplay for Therapy
- Counselling Bereaved Children and Young People
- Working Therapeutically with Young People
- Working with Anxiety and Depression
- The Adolescent Brain
- Understanding Trauma
- Suicide First Aid
- Using Arts and Storytelling Therapeutically with Children
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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Sessions are charged at £40.00
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Whilst the shepherds hut isn't wheelchair accessible, alternative arrangements can be made.
I do offer evening appointments. Please contact me to discuss availability.
Types of client