Olwen Wade-Jones BSc (Hons), MCSP, UKCP, FPC
Welcome to my profile.
I would like to tell you a little about myself, my approach and my practice to help you decide if you might find it helpful to work with me.
My years working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in London and Tunbridge Wells have provided me with a broad spectrum of experience. My earlier work as a physiotherapist in hospitals, schools and the community and latterly as a Public Health Specialist for South East London Health Services has given me the breadth and depth of life which underpins my work. Working as a Bereavement Support Worker for Kent CRUSE Bereavement Service further broadens what I offer.
As part of my practice, I am a nominated therapist for students training to be counsellors with the local member centre of The National Counselling Network (NCN) whose aim is offer high quality professional counselling for local communities. In this context I also work with psychology and psychotherapy students.
You may wonder if ‘just talking’ can really resolve longstanding anxiety, stress and unhappiness. My experience is that it can. Developing personal insight and better understanding can change the way we think about ourselves, the way we experience life and the relationships we have with others. It can also allow us to come to terms with loss and a whole variety of other experiences.
My approach although essentially psychodynamic is informed by other ways of thinking and working including those based on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness, attachment, mentalisation based theory (MBT) and anxiety management.
A psychodynamic approach is based on the understanding that how we feel in the present is linked not only to our own individual and unique psyche (our mind) but also, either knowingly or un-knowingly, with earlier experiences. Some of these experiences may seem relatively unimportant and we may never have thought about how they might affect us and the pattern of our relationships with others.
My practice is based in the centre of Tunbridge Wells, within easy travelling distance of Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and the surrounding areas of Kent and East Sussex. The practice offers a quiet, comfortable, confidential environment situated a short 8 -10 minute walk from Tunbridge Wells railway station and local bus routes with private off-road parking.
For the duration of the coronavirus pandemic I am working with all clients either online via video link (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp) or telephone
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional qualifications and training
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Theory and Practice (Merit) WPF Therapy
- Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling , WPF Therapy
- CRUSE Bereavement Support Training Programme
- Graduate Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Physiotherapy, The Middlesex Hospital London
- BSc (Hons) Health Studies, University of Greenwich
- Supervisory Skills Training, British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF)
- Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) Training, Anna Freud Centre London
- Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Reg. number 201116400
- Member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC) Reg. number 8120
- Member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)
I am eligible to register with The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
My practice accords to the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee for an initial consultation, for which I like to allow an hour to an hour and a quarter is £50.
My fee for each subsequent 50 minute session is £50
I am registered counsellor and psychotherapist with Bupa, WPA, AXA Health, Aviva, Vitality Health and Aetna Global Benefits private medical health insurers .
Please feel free to contact me through my website or my direct line practice telephone number with any questions you might have or to arrange an initial consultation. If you would prefer to talk with me about the possibility of an initial consultation via Zoom, we can agree a time to do this.