Oby Bamidele Dip. Couns MBACP Counsellor and Supervisor
How can Counselling help you?
"I got fed up of wearing my mask... and deep down I knew that the person I was on the inside bore no resemblance to the person I portrayed on the outside. But I had no clue how to reach her... Counselling gave me the space to discover who I really was"
The above quote from a client, summarises the essence of counselling. A safe place to get unstuck from all the difficult, confusing and painful feelings you are carrying and perhaps unsure how to go about dealing with them.
You may be struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions or facing a really difficult life crisis. Perhaps you feel stuck in a rut or are dealing with unresolved issues from your past.
Whatever your pain, I can honestly say that counselling is effective and and can help you. It takes having an open mind, a willingness and commitment to embrace change. I have worked with clients who initially were sceptical and unsure about the process, and were pleasantly surprised.
It is about giving yourself the space and entitlement to address areas of imbalance, conflict and things that are stripping you of your joy and peace. As your counsellor, my role is to support you, come alongside you and as we work through your problems. You do not have to be alone in this.
What to expect in your first session
it is really all about me getting to know you and you getting to know me. Some clients have come to their first session expecting it to be quite formal, which they soon realise it isn't. There are no airs and graces. I am a relational counsellor, which means that it is important we are comfortable with each other, and can build a trusting therapeutic relationship. You see, most times in life we put on masks and put up barriers to the external world, but in the counselling room you are free to be yourself. I won't judge you, I accept you as you are. Your feelings are real and valid in our counselling space.
I have extensive experience of providing support, rehabilitation and guidance to clients who have experienced trauma and difficult life experiences. My counselling approach continues to be highly effective and successful with my clients as I work very in-depth in supporting my clients to access and process blocked or unconscious feelings and belief systems.
Areas I specialise in are: Depression, anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, relationships, addictions, stress and work-related problems, sexual abuse and violence. An area of particular interest for me is helping clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
I developed a Self-Awareness and self discovery group workshop for women called BARE and run monthly classes. Please find out more here http://www.obybamidele.com/bare/
In terms of my own story and journey, like my clients, I can relate to feelings of brokenness, depression, despair and addictions. There is a saying that "you cannot take your clients where you have not been". I can testify to the power and effectiveness of good counselling in helping me overcome major crisis and challenges at difficult times in my life. My journey of self-acceptance, authenticity and courage to find my own answers started when I committed to having counselling and it truly has been life changing.
Prior to training as counsellor, I worked as a financial and business consultant in the City for various organisations. Even then I spent quite a lot of my time listening and counselling colleagues.
If you still would like to know more, feel free to get in touch and I will make every effort to answer any questions you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor with the following qualifications:
Level 2 certificate in Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Managing Mental Health Trainer
Mental Health First Aid
I am registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Race and culture related issues
Couple and relationship counselling
I offer a FREE 30 minute consultation call, you can book this via my website.
Individual counselling: £45 per 50 minute session
Couple Counselling: £65 per 50 minute session
Skype (Online) Counselling: £45 per 50 minute session
Discounts are available for bookings of 6 sessions or more
Payments are payable at time of booking the appointment
I offer discretionary concessionary rates based on individual circumstances. Please feel free to speak to me about this.
I AM REGISTERED WITH VITALITY HEALTH INSURANCE