Kim Oakley MBACP (Accred), BA (Hons) Relational Counselling
Welcome to my page telling you a little about myself and the way I work. I appreciate that thinking about counselling can be daunting, so finding the right counsellor to work with is important. I offer a professional service, delivered in an empathic and caring way.
I am a Integrative counsellor, with over 20 years of experience in both private and NHS settings, and I am an accredited member of the BACP adhering to their ethical framework, but above all I am down to earth and supportive.
My way of working
My belief is the relationship we create is key to the whole process of counselling. By placing the you at the centre of the counselling, focussing on your needs offers an opportunity for you to explore issues that are causing difficulties and may feel impossible to resolve or set aside.
As my therapeutic approach is integrative, I offer a range of approaches in order that you may explore issues in a way that feels comfortable and appropriate to you needs. I have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and often use tools from this method in my work.
How does it work
The process can, amongst other things, offer you the opportunity to become self-aware, explore patterns of behaviour along with noting your choices when faced with issues. The counselling sessions gives you time and space to work through problems and challenges, with an experienced practitioner, who will encourage you to work towards being the person you would like to be. In the current climate where things can feel unsettled and fearful, which is a normal response to uncertainty, life can easily become more challenging as we all try to deal with difficult and unknow experiences. I make no judgements or offer advice, but I am able but to listen, recognise the your worth and encourage you to feel valued.
How we can practically work together
I am currently working Face to Face, through Zoom or using the telephone.
Face to Face offers an opportunity to see each other, which means we have the opportunity to use both verbal and non verbal cues in the counselling space to help with the growing and learning. I work from my home and provide an environment which is safe and confidential where we can meet and talk.
Having completed a certificate course in Online and Telephone Counselling, I recognise this is an effective way to work and is particularly useful to be able to find a way to engage with people who would rather be in their own homes. It does require you to have a space in which you feel comfortable and where you will not be disturbed. It also means that you do not have to travel to me, and this might be beneficial for you. We can either use Zoom or have a telephone call, whichever is easier for you.
Thank you for reading this far, hopefully you will have gained a flavour of me and my approach. I invite you to call, text or email me to discuss having an initial 30 minute free session. In this first session you can consider if I am who you would like to work with, there is no obligation for you to continue if you do not feel I offer the right approach or level of support you need. I too will be able to ensure I am the right person for you work with. If you decide to continue with sessions we can discuss whether this would be short or long term work, I am happy to do either, along with whether you wish to have weekly or fortnightly sessions.
By looking through these pages you have already taken the first important step to finding a counsellor, I hope you will continue to take the time you deserve to find the one who will support you best.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have listed below my main qualifications and training but I do not believe these alone make me a counsellor.
- BA (Hons) in Integrative-Relational Counselling – Middlesex University June2011
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling – Kingston College June 2003
- Post Grad Cert in CBT or Treatment of Anxiety & Depression - Metanoia July 2009
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling – 80 hours training Counselling Tutor 3rd August 2020
As part of my ongoing Professional and Personal Development I have completed a number of courses and training to increase my knowledge and understanding of my work. Some of my more recent ones are:-
- Working with Dissociative Disorder in Clinical Practice – PODS Training Day 28th April 2018
- Working with Bereaved Children and Young People – Jigsaw South East 16th October 2019
- Practical Ways to Help a Grieving Child – Jigsaw South East 26th February 2020
- Safeguarding and Managing Risk Through Digital Media – BACP Online Training - April 2020
- Polyvagal Theory In Action: Creating Safety & Connection with Trauma Clients – CPD training with PESI 6th June 2020
- Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief – BACP Online Training – 18th June 2020
- Supporting & Counselling People Bereaved During COVID 19 Pandemic – 4 Workshops with OnlineEvents July 2020
- I also am DBS Checked, registered with Information Commissioners Office (ICO), registered with UKRCP and accredited with the BACP.
- I work with many issues which include bereavement, anxiety, depression, family issues, trauma, self harm, stress, work related issues, health issues and post natal depression.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial 30 minute free session to see if you feel comfortable to work with me and if I feel I can help you with your issues
After that my fees are £50 for a 50 minute session. I work Monday to Friday during the day and have some evening appointments. I am happy to offer sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis, which ever suits you.
Concessions offered for
I do have some slots available at a reduced rate dependent upon circumstances.
For Keyworkers in the NHS I offer a 20% discount on my rate making it £40.00, on production of an HNS card.
I work with trainee students and am happy to discuss their individual needs and rates of payment.