Elizabeth Oliver MBACP (Accred), Clear Space Counselling
I'm a qualified, BACP registered and accredited counsellor with several years' experience. I have worked within educational settings, charitable organisations and private practice. In addition to my practice in Tonbridge, I currently provide counselling on a social enterprise project for young people who are vulnerable, excluded or recovering from mental health problems, and within a coeducational independent secondary school.
I have experience of working with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety and depression, relationship issues, self-development and identity, stress, and being affected by abuse.
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 first meet for an initial consultation. I allow an hour and a quarter for the initial consultation, giving time for us to decide together whether working with me is the right 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 work for a specific number of sessions, or to work together on an open-ended basis, for as long as is helpful to you. After the initial consultation, counselling sessions last for 50 minutes each time, and we meet on the same day and at the same 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. 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. 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 safe place for you to connect with and express your feelings, and to help you 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:
Associate Counsellor, Goldsmiths, University of London 2017-2018
Counsellor and Senior Counsellor, The Counselling Centre Tunbridge Wells 2009-2017
Counsellor, Fegans, Tunbridge Wells Jan 2015-Oct 2016, including counselling in schools in West Kent
Volunteer Counsellor, Place2Be 2011-2013, including counselling in a Medway primary school
Before training as a counsellor, I worked for a number of years in editorial, public relations and communications roles.
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 CBT, brief-focussed counselling and various aspects of working with children and young people.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
For an initial consultation, I allow up to 75 minutes and the fee is £60. The fee for ongoing sessions is £50 per session. Concessions: I am able to offer a limited number of spaces at a reduced fee.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|