Sheila Ovenden

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Newbury RG20 & Basingstoke RG21
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Counselling for over 23 years, I offer both open-ended and short-term support to assist my clients with a wide range of difficulties and life challenges; I work with Individuals, young people and couples who may be facing difficult or sensitive personal issues. I offer you professional confidential, experienced help with personal concerns

Psychodynamically trained I have studied a variety of approaches (Integrative) to cater for the variety of issues my clientele may bring (including Narrative Humanistic, and CBT Therapies).

Supporting emotional issues, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, loss, bereavement, abuse, anger management, stress, feeling stuck, eating disorders, personal difficulties, depression, sexual issues, coping with change, work-related concerns, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among others.

In addition to my private practice, I have worked / work in various agency settings such as Local Counselling Services, Employer Assisted Programs, Ssafa, ECC Services,, GP Surgeries, The Partnership, Medical Diagnostics, CBT Health   Elderly Clientele, Social Services, Futures for Children, and Schools

As an experienced MBACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I can provide potential clients with an initial informal 15-minute telephone discussion free of charge to assess if Counselling is the way forward for you

There are times in your life that things just don't go as planned and you need a professional to help you to explore unspoken feelings and concerns in a supportive and confidential space.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Diploma in Counselling Adolescents and Young People
  • Certificates in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Coaching Skills
  • Certificate in CBT
  • Certificate Working With Eating Disorders
  • Counselling GP. Surgery
  • Assessment Counsellor
  • CRB checked

Also other numerous Certificate trainings in Mental Health Issues, Self-Harm, Substance Abuse, Psychopathology, Dreams, NLP etc.

Member organisations

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

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£60.00 per session

Additional information

            £60 per session for Individuals.

            £70 for children and young people

            £80 for Couples.

Session fees are negotiable across a range which is intended to take into account individual circumstances including income and affordability

I can occasionally offer some reduced fee appointments 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have telephone consultations and some availability for Daytime and Evening appointments, but no availability at this time for Couples or Minors although this changes regularly.

Further information

I am currently available for telephone consultations 

and I cover Newbury Basingstoke & the surrounding village areas

Kingsclere, Newbury, Hampshire, RG20

Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7NU

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Sheila Ovenden
Sheila Ovenden