Helen Oliver, BA (Hons) Post Graduate Diploma in Person-centred counselling
Choosing a counsellor can be a daunting process and it is important that you feel a connection with them as it is the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor that will enable change to happen.
If you’ve never experienced counselling before it can also seem difficult to understand what counselling is all about. I once had it described to me in the following way and it clarified to me what takes place in the counselling room:
Imagine you are driving around in the countryside in the dark with no phone or Sat Nav …you are well and truly lost. You have a map and you know where you want to be, your end destination, but you have no chance of getting there unless you know your starting point, where you are now.
This for me is what counselling enables, it allows you a safe space to shine light on where you are emotionally, to accept that and to show yourself self-compassion and to then make changes if that is what you feel is needed.
Sharing this experience with your counsellor in a confidential, empathic, non-judgemental environment allows you to explore your thoughts and feelings that maybe you can’t with family and friends and maybe not even go to in your own head. There is no set agenda and you are free to explore any aspect of your experience or circumstances as you wish.
My approach is Person-centred which is founded on the belief that each individual has the resources within themselves for healthy and fulfilled living. Over the last 5 years I have worked with a wide range of people delivering high quality, short-term and open-ended counselling sessions to people experiencing a range of psychological and emotional difficulties in both charity and NHS settings as well as my own private practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Person-centred Counselling- The Norwich Centre.
Mindfulness Teaching Skills Training.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40 per session which last an hour.
I am a registered member of the BACP and abide to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I take regular supervision and I’m committed to a minimum of 30 hours of Continuous Professional Development a year.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client