These are unsettling times. But you don't need to be alone in all this.
I am offering online sessions (safe and easy to do) and can offer what may feel like a lifeline.
Seeing a counsellor/therapist can help you feel better about your life - it really can. It's not magic (though it can sometimes feel like it), and it's not always easy, but if you're stuck, or feeling unbearably low, or angry all the time, or just not feeling like 'you', then come and tell me about it.
I currently work online and on then telephone. I have flexible working hours, and can generally fit things around you.
I have seen clients with a wide range of issues, often described by their doctors, or themselves, as anxiety, depression, bereavement, trauma, anger, obsessive compulsive disorders. Sometimes these terms feel helpful - but sometimes they don't. You may be feeling a mixture of these things, or something else entirely. You may sense that something 'isn't right' in your life, but you don't quite know what it is.
People are wonderful, complex beings, with a wide range of sometimes interconnecting, sometimes warring, parts. I see my job as working with you to help you reconnect the different parts of yourself in order to find greater enjoyment and fulfillment in life.
What to do now?
1. Taking the first step is difficult, but you've done that already by reading this - and probably a whole lot of other profiles and information.
2. The next step is to get in touch; email, phone or text me. You can say or ask as much or as little as you like here – we'll spend the time seeing if we're a good 'fit' for each other. (You may want to look at my website if you haven't done so already: www.oliviadate.co.uk - it might help you to get a better feel for who I am and what I do.)
3. If you feel you'd like to proceed, we'll arrange a first session. You can tell me what brings you to this point right now and towards the end of this first session we will discuss how we might proceed - whether this one session is enough, whether you'd like more, whether the work is likely to be short-term (6 sessions generally) or longer-term (anything up to a year or two).
Training, qualifications & experience
I started my counselling training 30 years ago, at Metanoia in London but acquired my Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill in Exeter, much more recently, in 2013.
I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature, and an MA in Education Management.
I am a member of the NCS (National Counselling Society).
I have worked with a wide range of individual clients, both men and women, from ages 12 – 73, privately, in a large school and in a GP surgery.
Before my most recent training I worked in language and state schools, as a teacher, a trainer and a manager.
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
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
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
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
£45 for a 50 minute session. Payment is charged monthly, in advance.
This is my usual fee, one which I feel is honest and fair, but these are not usual times. If you are one of the many people struggling financially, do please feel free to make me an honest offer.