Orla Gardam

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MA MBACP(Snr Accred)Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Supervisor
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Wokingham RG40 & London W1G
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About me

                                            MY PRACTICE IS NOW HYBRID 

                    I AM WORKING USING ZOOM, PHONE, FaceTime or Face to Face.

I have a practice in Wokingham Berkshire and Harley Street London. I have over 25 years of experience working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. I use an eclectic approach in my practice, this means I can adapt my skills to the needs of individual clients rather than the client having to adapt and fit into my approach.

I work with both brief solution focused therapeutic approaches and open-ended long term basis. I have extensive experience working with addictions using the 12 step model alongside more traditional approaches to counselling.

I also have experience of working with clients with a variety of issues including;

• relationship issues • stress  • low self-esteem  • depression •anxiety  • panic attacks  • self-confidence  • self-harm

•  anger  • bereavement  • work-related issues

I believe that my clients have the answers to ease whatever anxiety or chaos they may be experiencing. Using the counselling time to explore issues in a non-threatening 'safe' environment can give clients the opportunity to explore feelings and fears.

I hope to offer a supportive environment that empowers the client to look at 'how' they are living their life and reflect on whether this is what they want or, what they think they should be doing. They can then move towards leading a more fulfilling and contented life.

Daytime and Evening appointments available
BUPA Recognised Therapist
AXA PPP and Aviva approved Psychotherapist

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Masters Degree Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2001,
  • Diploma Counselling 1999,
  • BACP  Registered, Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist
  • BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor of Individuals
  • How to do counselling online: A coronavirus primer, Open University 2020
  • British Psychological Society Certificate in Clinical Supervision
  • SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence)
  • SDS Accreditation in Clinical Supervision and online working. Level 3 (Advanced) with Assessed Academic and Clinical Competence
  • Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Secure Environment - Part 1 2009,
  • Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care 2010,
  • Certificate Developing Inter-professional Skills in Health Promotion and Public Health Practice 2006,
  • PTTLS Certificate 2012,
  • CPCAB Approved Tutor 2012
  • BUPA Recognised Mental Health and Wellbeing Therapist
  • Pruhealth approved Psychotherapist
  • AxA PPP approved Psychotherapist
  • Aviva approved Psychotherapist

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with


I am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.

I have been supervising Counsellors and Psychotherapists for over 17 years in a variety of settings throughout my career including a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit, within the NHS and for those in Private Practice. I have a British Psychological Society approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

I bring a flexible and understanding approach to my supervisory relationships offering a relaxed and supportive environment for Counsellors and Psychotherapists to explore the work they are doing with their clients. I am committed to supporting your ongoing development and learning as a practitioner.

Please see  my supervisor profile for more details

Supervisor Collaboration

The importance of Supervision for our counselling work is a concept that is understood ethically and also to ensure the Normative, Formative and Restorative needs we have are being met.

The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions tells us the following as part of the Supervision section.

62. Supervision requires additional skills and knowledge to those used for providing services directly to clients. Therefore supervisors require adequate levels of expertise acquired through training and/or experience. Supervisors will also ensure that they work with appropriate professional support and their own supervision.

My practice offers dedicated space for supervisors to bring their supervision work for Collaboration to ensure continued professional and personal development.

I offer Supervision in Berkshire, Harley Street.

Concessions available for students


£65.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Health Assured
  • Cigna
  • Vitality

Additional information

Wokingham Counselling & Psychotherapy
£65 for Individuals

Concessions available for students

Wokingham Supervision
£70 - 1hour
£80 - 1.5hour
Concessions available for students

Harley Street Counselling & Psychotherapy
£150 for Individuals

Harley Street Supervision
£130 - 1 hour
£160 - 1.5 hour
BUPA Recognised Therapist
Pruhealth Approved


Aviva and Vitality Health Legacy Approved Therapist

When I work

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Further information

Face to Face and Telephone counselling available. I offer daytime and evening appointments. You can also email for more information to orla.gardam@yahoo.co.uk

Counselling takes place in a summer house which is at the front of my home. This offers a quiet and relaxed environment for counselling sessions to take place. I am 5mins walk from Wokingham town centre and there is ample car parking space for clients on the driveway.

I also have a Practice in Harley Street W1. For further details please visit my website : www.orlacounselling.co.uk.

80 Easthampstead Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms



In person

I am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.

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Orla Gardam
Orla Gardam