Dagmara Mendes De Oliveira -MBACP Accred/BA Young People and Walking Therapy
Sometimes things happen in our lives that really knock us and are hard for us to get over. Day to day life appears unmanageable and just getting up to face another day can seem like an impossible task. Sometimes we are living day by day but carrying a heavy load of past trauma and hurts which we find impossible to let go of which prevent us from a sense of connectiveness and inclusion with others and really living our life to the full. It can be hard for us to know which way to turn.
If you are looking for support, you have already taken the first brave step in helping yourself, which is really great. In all my years of helping people I completely believe that with the right encouragement and assistance everyone can find joy in life and have the chance to connect with a sense of vitality and purposefulness, whatever their burdens.
There are two things I really value in life and my counselling practice has really evolved around them. I am a passionate advocate for children and young people by not only actively counselling them in the day to day but also by championing better access and provision to mental health services and creating content/courses for young people. My relationship with nature is my second love, and I warmly invite my clients to join me on walks around our beautiful Kent countryside for my Therapy in Nature sessions. If any of the above sound of interest please read below. I have written more about it each one.
Children and Young People
Working with young people and children is something that I really enjoy and have years of experience doing. I am a strong supporter of children’s rights and I believe it is so important that each child should have access to therapy at the point of need. I have seen many an adult struggling for years with issues that could have perhaps been prevented with the right help and intervention at a younger age. I work in Private Practice as well as part time for the charity Fegans in Tunbridge Wells, which focuses on helping families and children. I have worked in primary and secondary schools in Kent for a good few years now and my experience ranges from working with children from primary school age to young adults at universities. (This includes working with SEN and children with Autism and EHPs)
I have worked with various issues from grief and loss low mood to self-harm. Recently I have been working with OCD type symptoms and generally anxiety, which seemed to have been exacerbated during the lockdown period. I have also over the last few years seen an increase in work around gender and sexual identity and am hoping to set up a support group for parents who have gender-diverse children.
From April 2021 I have been working on a 6-week programme for children experiencing the divorce of their parents. It’s a collaboration for FEGANs working with the writers of Restored Lives course. It is to be a run as a zoom course for the near future staring in June/July to be rolled out across the UK.
I also wrote and recorded a Fegans Bereavement Training Course for teachers and staff at Primary and Secondary school level in 2020.
If you are a young person or a parent and your son or daughter is experiencing some problems which are difficult to cope with, please do contact me for an initial consultation. I would be happy to discuss the situation irrespective of whether we end up working together or not.
Waking Therapy/ Outdoor Practice
My other real interest and something I am also passionate about is working therapeutically in and with nature. ‘Walking and Talking’ rather than being stuck in the therapy room.
Much research has shown us that nature has a very positive impact not only on our mental health, but on our health in general. Time in nature improves outlook and mood as well as regulating blood pressure, boosting our immune system as well as reducing pain. It is hugely beneficial.
I typically have an initial session(s) on zoom and then meet my client in a woodland or nature trail. (Kent area only) The idea is to walk and talk. This may also include some breathing /relaxation techniques, connecting with body and mindfulness. It is client led and we go with what works for you best and is of most benefit. Sessions are typically a little longer than a 50 min session in a counselling room as it depends how fast one walks. They usually take around 60-75 mins. The price is still the same as per normal session and 6 session can be purchased initially for a discounted price. If this is something that you think you could benefit from and enjoy, please do contact me.
First 20 min zoom or telephone is free. You can contact me via email or by telephone. Please also visit my website where you will find more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
University of London -
Foundation Degree in Counselling
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
Gender & Sexuality; Domestic Abuse; Trauma Impact; Online Risks; Working with Children; Attachment; Body Image; CBT; Drug & Alcohol; Addiction; Bereavement & Loss, Eating Disorders
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
£45/ 50 min children
£50/ 50 min adults
Special reduced rates for students.
Walking Therapy sessions are £50 or £250 for six.