Oliver Williams, Professional Dip Therapeutic Counselling
I offer professional, one-to-one, person-centred therapy at my practice on Colebrook Street, Winchester. Alternatively, you can meet me over Skype or telephone for counselling sessions.
“… the curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I change.”
Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy.
How I work
I offer you a climate of full acceptance where it is safe to disclose and explore all of your thoughts and feelings. This includes negative experiences such as your regret, fear and shame as well as your excitement, love and happiness; it is a space where we can explore ‘all of you’ despite the fact that life makes it so hard to ‘be’ all of you.
In therapy you can live in awareness of, express and develop every part of who you are… because you increase your autonomy in the most profound sense, you can resolve the distress (depression, anxiety and rage etc) that has overwhelmed you.
In a relationship defined by congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard the self wants to actualise… this means you become more of your true-self and less of who you think you ‘should’ be…
In therapy you simply ‘are’ and the way you feel changes, along with the decisions you make and the way you live your life… your distress changes because you change.
What is it like?
I use two metaphors to explain what it is like to be in therapy:
“Having a therapist is like having personal trainer. Instead of your body you exercise your ‘self’ or, you psyche… ‘you’ then become more resilient, confident and agile.”
“Having therapy is like going on a journey where you’re the driver and I’m the passenger; as your companion I’ll see things the way you do, but as my self I’ll also see things you can’t… as a passenger I have time to look, and I’ll share what I see with you.”
Qualified, insured and registered
I carry full insurance, am a member of the BACP and operate according to its ethical framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
£45 for one-to-one, in person, counselling sessions: 50 mins.
£35 for one-to-one Skype or, telephone counselling: 50 mins.
I require 2 days’ notice (48 hours) for cancellations in order for charges to be avoided.
If you are facing financial difficulties but require counselling contact me. I keep limited space for concessions because I know that psychological distress can result in lost or reduced income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Winchester appointments. Weekday evenings (except Thursday): 4pm to 9pm. Saturdays: 9am to 5pm
Types of client