Oaks Trust - Alternatives Counselling
Our team of dedicated, trained counsellors and psychotherapists work with individuals (women and men) and couples suffering the loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth and to support those with issues around infertility.
We work with those facing a decision of continuing with a pregnancy due to fetal abnormalities or challenging circumstances.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our counsellors are trained to degree level in humanistic psychotherapy.
We also have counsellors in training on person-centred degree courses.
All our counsellors are experienced in working with loss.
We have a trained couples therapist for details of experience see jojogosney.com
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetime.
11 babies are stillborn each day in the UK.
Any pregnancy loss can be traumatic, and can sometimes result in a severe emotional shock and pain caused by a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
The loss can bring a complex mix of emotions. Crying is not the only outlet our bodies choose for grief. Grief can feel like a lump in your throat which makes it hard to swallow or talk. You may lose your appetite or begin to over eat in the hope to fill the void in your body. You can feel lethargic and more tired than you have ever felt before, yet restless and unable to sleep. You may even have trouble breathing and experience heart palpitations. You can be left with a deep deep ache and experience 'empty arms' feelings.
We do not wish to exclude anyone from counselling on financial grounds. We operate a sliding-scale system which ranges from £20 to £40 for each individual session, or £25 to £60 for a couple session depending on your financial situation. We will give you a client agreement form at your assessment to take away with you. The completed agreement with how much you can pay needs to be brought back to your first session. If a session is missed without 24 hours notice we will ask you to contribute half your agreed fee. As we are a charity this fee enables us to continue our work.
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