Olga Fuentes MBPsS, Reg. MBACP, BSc (Hons), MA
I am a counsellor/therapist, a graduate psychologist and a counselling tutor. I work with young people, adults, couples and families.
I abide by the ethical framework of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and by the code of ethics of BPS (British Psychological Society), which means that I am committed to continual professional development and regular supervision to ensure I can offer excellence in my practice. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS).
My approach integrates Psychodynamic theory and Systemic therapy, including Narrative therapy, when working with relationship problems (couple, family, friends, at work, etc.). I also practice eclecticism when working with a wide range of issues as I select different approaches according to clients's needs, incorporating principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. To me, counselling and therapy mainly involve actively listening, understanding and accepting clients in order to enhance their well-being and to help them make effective changes in their lives.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a BSc (Hons) in Philosophy and Educational Science from the University of Salamanca (Spain) and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from ARU (Cambridge, UK).
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Hills Road Sixth Form College (Cambridge, UK).
I have a MA in Relationship Therapy (Relate Institute, validated by University of Hull).
I am an ICO registered practitioner. I have a certificate (50 hours) with the Online Therapy Institute so I have some training to be able to offer online therapy.
I have worked in mainstream and specialist schools, supporting, teaching and tutoring children and young people. I have been involved with local charities and organisations where I worked as a counsellor/psychotherapist and a therapeutic mentor. I have, in the past, been employed by Cambridgeshire County Council as part of a team dedicated to the inclusion of children with physical, behavioural and learning difficulties in the community.
Currently I am teaching counselling courses in the Adult Education department at a Sixth Form College in Cambridge.
At present, I am working at Relate Cambridge as a counsellor/therapist working with individuals, couples and families and also involved in the delivery of training.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Not available at present.
I am particularly interested in working with individuals with cross cultural and relationship issues.