Gabrielle Oliver MSc. UKCP reg. Psychotherapist, HCPC reg. Art Therapist, MBACP
I am an experienced and approachable psychotherapist and art therapist.
I offer counselling and psychotherapy in a safe and relaxed setting of confidentiality and trust where you are free to talk openly and honestly about the things that are troubling you.
I work with clients who have a range of issues from anxiety, panic attacks and depression, to issues around anger management, addictive behaviours, difficult work situations, relationship issues, bereavement, illness and other experiences.
These difficulties may take the form of:
- Anxiety, panic or depression
- Seeing no future
- Unexplained feelings in daily life
- Overwhelming emotions
- Relationships that go wrong
- Repeated patterns of self destructive behaviour
- Situations where others are affected
The therapeutic space ensures that what you say is treated non-judgementally, and with sensivity, respect, and thoughtfulness.
In counselling I offer you the opportunity to make sense of your experiences, to reflect on your current life, and to consider your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and responses to situations and events that are making you the person you are today.
Gaining a perspective on our lives gives us an awareness and understanding of ourselves from which choices towards change can occur. Sometimes this process is painful and I will support you with this. Sometimes knowing who you are, gives you the compassion, and the freedom to accept yourself and open up a more emotionally healthy future.
Integrative Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that takes account of theories of psychology, therapeutic methods, and current developmental theory.
When words are difficult Art offers a means to access feelings and emotions non-verbally. I work as an art therapist with individuals when specifically requested.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia)
Advanced Diploma Art Psychotherapy
PG Dip Art Therapy (1985)
PG Cert Working with Groups
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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
In the Covid-19 lockdown, I am currently working remotely using FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.