Liz Oakley "Dip.Couns" " Registered MBACP" Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
My name is Lizzy Oakley of Blue Amber Counselling.
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor. Integrative therapy , or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies.
I have been a carer in many capacities which include the care of my own daughter who contracted meningitis at the age of 13 months old. She was left with life limiting injuries and severe to profound deafness. From this I have gained a vast amount of knowledge which I feel could benefit other people alike.
My counselling training started at a school working with children and adolescents ranging from 11 to 16 years of age.
My other areas of expertise comes from working within the field of and life experience itself, and include substance misuse and addictions, learning disabilities, domestic violence, pain and chronic fatigue, life-limiting illness, and much more.
I have suffered from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue for most of my life but was not diagnosed until 2011. From this I set up and created a support group under the name of Fibromyalgia Somerset & Invisible Me Wellbeing Support Group This group offers support and information around pain, fatigue and invisible illnesses, offering online support. I also support FMAUK National Support Line twice a month for 3 hours each.
I have extensive knowledge around fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal and arthritic diseases as well as other pain and fatigue conditions.
- Are you newly diagnosed and don't know how to cope or where to find help?
- Do you feel isolated, anxious and lonely?
- Do others around you not understand you?
- Are you struggling to get your GP or other health professionals to understand how you feel or listen to you?
- Do you grieve over the way you used to be able to do things?
You could benefit from one to one private counselling/therapy. I offer a 6 week package which will help you be able to move forward with your life again. This can be in your own home or at a location which is easy for you to get to.
Contact me for more information.
I have a Diploma in Mindfulness and offer courses for this as well as Mindfulness Therapy. I also offer a number of other courses and this can be found on my webpage under the services I offer Section.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I abide by its Ethical Framework for good practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I WORK WITH
Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Bereavement, Disability, General Counselling, Self Esteem, Relationships, Stress, Work Related Issues, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue/ME, Substance Misuse, Anger Management, Couple Counselling and many others.
I also work with Personality Disorders Contact me for more information on this. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Trained.
- Low Cost Counselling for Counselling Students
- Long term face to face work
- Short term face to face work
- Home visits (Usually housebound or disabled clients)
- Online counselling (Email or Chat)
- Telephone Counselling
I offer a confidential service whether this be face to face, through a telephone call, email or social media.
After you have made first contact we will then agree a time and day to meet either at Blue Amber Therapy Rooms or at an agreed local venue. [Counselling via telephone, email or internet differs and will be discussed on contact]
My sessions are for a full hour where we discuss what the issues might be if any and how I might be able to help you.
I offer Integrative therapy where I will look at what the issues may be and then look at the right ways to help you work through things. However, you don't need need to have any issues when coming to counselling but just looking for a way forward with your life.
To get the best from your counselling you will need to see me for at least 6 sessions. However, some people need more and this is fine as not everyone is the same and need more time to resolve their issues.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: COVID-19
Blue Amber Counselling will not be seeing anyone for FACE TO FACE Counselling but instead can offer online video link counselling via ZOOM! Or I can also offer Telephone Counselling via landline or mobile.
Most of my clients I’m seeing have already been informed , however don’t worry if you haven’t because I will give you a call.
If you are looking for counselling/mental health support then be reassured I am still booking appointments, however my availability is limited but please do contact me on the numbers/email below:
Lizzy:01278 760680 or 07815 606 372
Sending my thoughts to everyone at this difficult time.
Lizzy Blue Amber Counselling...
"Knowing Yourself Is the Beginning of all Wisdom"
Training, qualifications & experience
Higher Diploma In Counselling [Integrative Therapy] 
Advanced Cert In Counselling Practice 
Mindfulness Diploma 
Adolescent Development and Substance Misuse 
Extensive Experience around Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and its Research.
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachement. [March 2017]
Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation. [March 2017]
Post Qualifying Diploma In Counselling Children & Adolescents [July 2017]
Working With Dissociative Disorders In Clinical Practice [Oct 2017]
DBT ESSENTIALS, ONLINE (DBT ACCREDITATION LEVEl 2) [11th September 2018]
Diploma in Hypnotherapy. 29th November 2019 (The Somerset School of Hypnotherapy Ltd), to include: Practical Ability, Theoretical Knowledge of Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnotherapy. Smoking Cessation, Personal Weight Management and Hypnotic Gastric Band Procedures.
Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Therapy: Bringing Mindfulness to Relationship. (April 2020)
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Other names often used:
Emotional Regulation Disorder
Emotional Dysregulation Disorder
Emotional Intensity Disorder
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
Impulsive Personality Disorder
Impulsive-Emotional Dysregulation Disorder
Borderlines are not "bad people." Their lifelong struggle with fear and anguish made it necessary to develop a self-protective, tough outer shell or suit of armor that helped them avert further harm to themselves during a time when they were defenseless, and needed to survive. Unfortunately, learned 'survival' instincts or defenses prompt disruptive acting-out episodes and distancing behaviors in even potentially close relationships.
With the right type of intervention and support you will get a better understanding of why you feel the way you do and find ways of managing and coping with the impact.
As a therapist I can offer one to one support for the person suffering with issues with Borderline Personality Disorder as well as offer a package to work with family members or loved ones supporting them.
I have training in DBT [Dialectical Behaviour Therapy] See below for other qualifications.
Contact me for more information
- My usual fees for counselling at Blue Amber is £45 per 1 hour session or £50 for a home visit / appointment within the community.
- Contact me for fees relating to couple/marriage counselling and also children and adolescents.
- All first sessions will require an Initial Assessment and will be charged at the normal fee.
- I also offer workshops and other types of therapy which you will need to contact me first to discuss fees.
Concessions offered for
- See Training and Qualifications.