Hello, I'm Olivia, a professional Therapist who helps people recover from trauma, adversity, anxiety and low self-esteem.
You might feel burdened by the demands of life because you don't feel right within yourself or in your relationships with others. This might be accompanied by a sense of unhappiness, despair or worry and stress that has become unmanageable.
You might know things are not right because:
* You are anxious and preoccupied with your thoughts.
* Your moods and energy levels are low.
* You have a sense of emptiness or feel a deep loneliness.
* Life feels stressful, demanding or unsatisfying.
* Your relationships are a of source of pain and disappointment.
* Your self-esteem is low.
*You are managing your feelings and struggles in unhealthy ways.
* You feel without hope or motivation.
You are not alone if you do feel this way and there are many reasons why life might feel difficult right now: your current circumstances, fears around the world we are currently living in, past trauma, a difficult or damaging childhood, hurtful relationships or daily life struggles can really take their toll. Sometimes we don't know why we feel the way we do, we just know it hurts.
Please know that with the right support, you can feel better about yourself, have renewed energy, a brighter outlook and more balance in your life. I'm here to help you find clarity and direction and heal past wounds.
My deepest hope is to help people overcome adversity and build a life worth living. Good therapy means having your problems, no matter how big or how small, met with compassion and respect. We don’t need to be at crisis point to take action, our well-being and emotional and mental health needs to be tended to like every other aspect of ourselves. Nurtured, invested in and celebrated.
Counselling and psychotherapy can support you to get the most out of life by helping with emotional regulation, stress management, mood and motivation and relief from anxiety and tension.
I welcome the opportunity to help you heal and support you on a journey of rediscovery and fulfilment. Therapy can be challenging - and I appreciate the courage it takes to reach out - but the uniqueness of the therapeutic relationship, one of mutual trust and respect, is also a place where you can dare to be you. A place where you can share your deepest thoughts and fears as well as your hopes and dreams. Therapy can also provide a toolbox for change and growth and a chance to get back in control feeling renewed and hopeful again.
I am a Professional Fully Qualified Counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with a broad range of experience working with a local Counselling Charity alongside my Private Practice.
I work with:
- Anxiety, stress, nervousness, fear, panic attacks and OCD.
- Anger-management, be that through trauma, abuse or an unknown troubling reaction in times of stress.
- Grief and loss: of loved ones, friends, a career, your health, or a life you feel you no longer have.
- Depression, low mood, feeling without hope or motivation.
- Divorce, problem relationships, family tensions, isolation and loneliness.
- Low self-esteem, self-worth or a loss of identity.
- Problematic coping mechanism such as excessive drinking and over-eating.
- Trauma, abuse and domestic violence.
If you have any questions, do get in touch for a free consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of ethics and ongoing training requirements.
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling as well as certificates, levels 2 & 3, Counselling Skills and Studies.
Working with relational Trauma.
ADHD in Adulthood.
Anxiety and OCD
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy- Certificate of Proficiency.
Working with complex grief.
Integrating artwork in Counselling.
Trauma and Shame.
As part of my Diploma training, I was required to have 30+ hours of personal therapy - I think it's important to mention this as I believe it to be of great importance in understanding the therapeutic process and coming to know myself better.
Alongside my Private Practice, I work counselling adult clients for a local counselling charity.
I also trained with Place2Be in London, a children’s mental health charity who work with pupils, families and staff in UK schools and worked with them in Kent as Volunteer Counsellor.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience working with adults who have lived through childhood trauma, abuse, neglect and detached parenting.
Survivors of childhood trauma often find they experience difficulties in adulthood including:
• A lack of clear identity.
• Feeling ‘wrong’ or like you don’t belong in the world.
• A pervading sense of deep loneliness.
• A pattern of unsuccessful or abusive relationships.
• Social anxiety and panic attacks.
• Flashbacks, intrusive thoughts and nightmares.
• Feeling detached from the world.
• Anger and rage.
• Low self-esteem.
• Guilt and shame.
• Physical symptoms such shaking, trembling, muscular aches and pains, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, palpitations, shallow rapid breathing and dizziness.
Experiencing trauma of any kind can have a profound affect on our well-being and can result in unhealthy coping mechanisms such as avoidance, withdrawal, excessive drinking or taking drugs.
Clients who have explored therapy to help heal past wounds have reported a sense of lightness, new found energy, a sense of purpose and belonging and better relationships.
Please do get in touch if you are living with the effects of trauma so we can start on the path of recovery.
£45.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
Once you have decided to get in touch, we can arrange a mutually convenient time for an initial 20-minute consultation. This is free of charge and provides an opportunity to begin to get to know one another, to look at what has bought you to seek therapy and is a time for you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Subsequent Video or Telephone sessions are charged at £45 per session. I have some concessions available at a reduced rate of £40 for Counselling and Psychotherapy Students.
I realise that life can be busy and unpredictable and so aim to be as flexible as possible. Appointments can be made singularly, in blocks or on a flexible basis as we go along.
How I work:
I am primarily trained in Gestalt Therapy and also draw from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness.
Gestalt Therapy focusses on our here and now experience, in mind and body. It draws together both our past hurts and our fears for the future and brings them into our present moment awareness; our 'stuckness', repeating patterns of thought and behaviour and explores our learned ways of coping that may no longer be useful to us.
Transactional Analysis looks at the roles we develop (the different parts of us, such as our Child part) and how they play out in our lives and relationships.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy looks to explore unhealthy negative emotions, such as anxiety and depression and work with the associated dysfunctional ways of thinking and behaving,
Mindfulness aims to teach us the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going inside or around us.
Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your requirements.