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About me

I am a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who has a private practice in centre of Exeter. I offer therapeutic help and support to parents, children and adolescents in relation to a wide range of different emotional difficulties.

I am a very experienced Psychotherapist who has worked within the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health for over 25 years. I have worked in various clinic and hospital settings providing therapy to children of all ages from infants through to young people up to 25 years of age.

Below are common areas of difficulty for which I offer therapeutic help and support:

  • low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence
  • friendship and relationship problems
  • underachievement at school or college
  • aggressive outbursts and tantrums
  • attachment problems
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • eating difficulties
  • self-harm
  • trauma
  • experiences of abuse

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Society of Analytical Psychology in London and am an accredited member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). The ACP is the main professional body for psychoanalytic psychotherapists working with children and adolescents in the UK and is registered with the Professional Standards Authority.

In addition to my clinical practice I have taught on many postgraduate academic courses and therapy trainings.I have been involved for many years with the training of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.

Member organisations

ACP

Association of Child Psychotherapists

The ACP is the registering body for NHS trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists. ACP members undergo a minimum 6 year training; two years at Masters level then 4 years full-time clinical in the NHS qualifying in a Doctorate Level course. Full members are able to work with neonates, mothers & babies, parents & toddlers, primary school age children & adolescents. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Association of Child Psychotherapists

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition to individual psychotherapy I offer both parent-infant psychotherapy and parent-child psychotherapy for children under 5 years of age. This form of therapy often relates to working with attachment difficulties.

Therapies offered

  • Jungian therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy

Fees

Additional information

In relation to the fees that I charge I endeavour to take the individual financial circumstances of families into account. I have some scope for offering reduced fees where possible.

The usual fee for consultations and sessions is £55.

Availability

My private practice availability is currently on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1.30 pm to 6-30 pm and on Fridays from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm

Further information

The first step in seeking help would be to contact me so we could discuss whether it might be helpful for you to have an initial consultation. The consultation would be an opportunity to get a detailed picture of the concerns and to decide whether further therapeutic help would be appropriate. Different therapeutic options are possible that are both brief and longer term. The key to successful help is to carefully work out what is needed so that emotional difficulties can truly be overcome.

The range of options for therapeutic help and support include:

  • Consultations
  • Assessments
  • Parent work
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • parent-child psychotherapy
  • parent-infant psychotherapy


For detailed information you might find it helpful to look at my website. It is designed to help parents, children and young people reflect on the difficulties that are concerning them and to provide information about child psychotherapy and how it can help. The name of the website is New Beginnings and the website address is as above. The website can also be accessed by clicking on the image below.

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Holmedale Health
The Consulting Rooms
34 Denmark Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 1SE

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children
Young people
Families

Languages offered

None

Supervision

I am a qualified supervisor for psychotherapists working psychodynamically with children, adolescents and young people.

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Oliver Foster, MACP, PSA, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Oliver Foster, MACP, PSA, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist