Elizabeth Oliver MBACP (Accred), Clear Space Counselling
I'm a qualified, BACP registered and accredited counsellor with several years' experience. I have worked in higher education, charitable organisations and private practice. Alongside my private practice, I work within student counselling and as a volunteer supervisor within a South London counselling organisation.
I have experience working with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety and depression, relationship issues, self-development and identity, stress, and being affected by abuse. I have a particular interest in the issues affecting young adults and have worked extensively with the 18-25 age group.
As an accredited member of BACP, I am bound by their requirements for continuing professional development and their code for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am fully insured and have clinical supervision in place for my practice.
Call me to find out more: Tel: 07582 099 750
What happens when I come for counselling?
Before beginning counselling, we would agree on a time for an initial consultation or assessment, whether online, by telephone or in person. This allows an opportunity for me to find out more about what is troubling you and what you would like to gain from counselling, to learn a bit about your history and current circumstances and to think about whether what I offer is appropriate for your needs. It gives you a chance to see what it might be like to work with me and to decide if it seems a good way forward for you. It is important that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with – someone you can connect to and feel you can speak to without fear of being judged. You need to feel that what you have to say will be heard with respect and understood.
How long will I have counselling?
This depends on your individual needs, and on what your interests and aims are in coming for counselling. We can either agree to time-limited work, usually 6-12 sessions or to open-ended therapy, with a view to weekly sessions over the longer term. After the initial consultation, counselling sessions last for 50 minutes each time, and we would usually meet on the same day and time each week.
What happens in a counselling session?
During a counselling session, you are encouraged to talk freely about whatever problems have brought you to counselling, or whatever might be on your mind. If we are doing time-limited work, we will usually agree on a focus or aim for the sessions at the start. Counselling is not about being given advice, but about being helped to connect with your feelings, ideas and experiences in order to find your own answers, tell your own story and find more fulfilling and rewarding ways to live. In longer term work, you may move on from your initial problem, and start reflecting on your experience in other areas. It is my role to listen carefully, to provide a space where it feels safe to connect with and express your feelings and to explore.
What model of counselling do you use?
My core training is in psychodynamic counselling. The psychodynamic model focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering, with the aim of not just alleviating symptoms, but building the resources for a healthier life. It aims to help us gain awareness and understanding of those aspects of ourselves and our ways of relating with ourselves and others, which might have their origins in our earlier experience and relationships, in ways that may not be initially obvious. I have also trained in the foundations of CBT, and incorporate some CBT tools and thinking into my work.
Training, qualifications & experience
* Registered, accredited member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
- Independent Practice: Clear Space Counselling, Tonbridge.
Previous counselling roles include:
- Employee Assistance Counselling
- Student Counsellor, University of Kent and Goldsmiths College, University of London.
- Senior Counsellor at the Tunbridge Wells Counselling Centre
- Counselling Young People with Tunbridge Wells based charitable organisation Fegans, with 'Place2Be' and in an independent senior school.
- Teaching seminars on a BACP accredited counselling course.
- Delivering psycho-educational workshops and organising training events.
Training and Qualifications:
- Registered, Accredited Member of BACP
- PGCert in Mental Health & Wellbeing with Adults and Adolescents gained at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 2019
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, July 2012
- Bachelor's degree with honours, University of Leeds, 1991
I take part in continuing professional development ('CPD') and have done training in the foundations of CBT, brief-focussed counselling and various aspects of working with young people.
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
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
The fee for ongoing sessions is £50 per session. For an initial consultation, I allow up to 75 minutes (if needed) and the fee is the same, ie £50. Concessions: I am able to offer a limited number of spaces at a reduced fee, for sessions taking place between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
I work from a comfortable, purpose built 'garden office' accessed via a side gate. There is on-street parking (restrictions at some times - please let me know if you plan to drive), and it is a short walk from Tonbridge station.