Torfaen Counselling & Supervision - Oliver Wilford
I'm an accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Service (NCS) Since qualifying at Post Graduate in 2012 I've accrued over 5000 face to face counselling hours, working with a variety of sectors. During these last 9 years, I've coupled my main role as a school based counsellor alongside my private practice allowing me to gain an abundance of knowledge and experience working with children, young people and adults.
Although initially CBT was my chosen model I found working as an integrative counsellor presented the most effective means for change. Offering the traits of Person Centred Therapy alongside the skills and techniques of CBT have been powerful in helping clients, particularly those suffering emotional issues such as anxiety, low self esteem or depression. I find CBT, not only offers us (client and counsellor) the opportunity for better interaction but also feel the teaching aspect, which enables you the opportunity to build your own coping mechanisms that you may take away with you, is particularly useful, especially when working with clients on a short-term basis.
Outdoor counselling is one of the newest additions to the therapy sector and is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional face to face counselling. It continues to offer all the great benefits that 1-1 counselling provides but allows you the opportunity to enjoy these whilst walking in nature. We can walk and talk whilst we explore any issues or concerns you may have or we can use what nature itself provides to help you gain a deeper understanding and as a means of addressing behavioural or mental health issues. Outdoor counselling allows a more relaxed environment with clients stating how the correlation between therapy and nature, the escape from the hustle and bustle and the fresh air helped in creating a space for clarity and exploration and they felt more at ease in the non structured surroundings. For more information please visit www.outdoortherapyandsupervision.com
Working with Children and young people
As a school based counsellor I have seen first hand the benefits of early intervention and understand how difficult or challenging it can be for them to open up and explore their concerns. Experience has shown that children and young adults autonomy or the opportunity for change tends to be far more restricted than adults making it more challenging to find positive methods of change. I help overcome this through guided discovery, empowerment, exploring coping techniques or strategies so they may deal with situations and emotions in a healthier manner.
Maybe this is your first time of attending therapy, maybe you have a negative view toward counselling or you just feel unsure as to whether this is right for you. Experience has shown me how frightening taking this step can be so please feel free to contact me and you may discuss any issues or questions you have and can decide whether you feel overall I am suitable for your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
2019 - Advanced Dip Consultative Supervision
2012 - Post Grad Dip Working with Children and Young People
2011 - Higher National Diploma in Counselling
2009 - Advanced Diploma in Counselling
2008 - Advanced Certificate in Counselling
2007 - Intermediate Certificate Counselling
- Cruse Bereavement - Awareness in Bereavement care
- Children in Wales- Designated Safeguarding officer-level 3
- Children in Wales - Risk and Resilience in Cyberspace
- Dyn Project - Working with men who experience domestic abuse
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
One to one sessions £50.0 per hour.
Outdoor sessions £60.0 per 1.5hr session. Please get in touch for more info.
Supervision sessions £50.0 per hour
Group supervision and outdoor sessions can also be arranged.
Payment is required by cash or bank transfer at the beginning or end of each session.
I am available to take on new clients.
Supervision seemed a natural progression and since qualifying in 2019 I have gained experience of working both one to one and group therapy, offered to a variety of professions. Currently, I am offering therapeutic, clinical and managerial supervision to counsellors, health professionals, management and the education sector. Trainees are also welcome.
Outdoor supervision offers a fantastic opportunity for growth and a deeper level of understanding. Using nature as a way of exploring issues or hurdles can be very powerful. The use of bridges, crossroads or forks in paths allow you to explore in a completely new and exciting manner. For more information please visit www.outdoortherapyandsupervision.com
I have an enhanced DBS check and adhere to the Codes and Ethics of the NCS and undertake regular supervision.