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About me

I am a professionally qualified, fully accredited, and very experienced psychotherapist and counsellor. I offer both short and longer-term therapy and I tailor my way of working so as to address your particular personality and specific needs.

At times, life can feel like a struggle. However, with appropriate help things are so much easier. I want to combine my wealth of experience and knowledge with the extensive range of skills and techniques that I possess, to provide you with the help that you need; to assist you in finding your way, achieving your potential, or overcoming any obstacles that you are confronting.

My approach

Having successfully worked with hundreds of clients, I have come to firmly believe that there is no ‘one size fits all’ therapeutic approach or one ‘right’ way of practising therapy. We all need different things at different points in our lives; people evolve and individuals’ requirements change over time.

Consequently, in my work as a psychotherapist and counsellor I integrate psychodynamic and CBT approaches, and draw on tools, techniques, and strategies gained through other training and many years of experience.

Through doing so, I can adapt my way of working to your particular requirements as you evolve and change during the course of our work together. This will ensure that you continue to progress and bring about whatever changes you desire, to enable you to live with a greater sense of freedom and fulfilment.

How you will benefit

You will gain self-awareness and enhance your understanding about yourself, your relationships, emotional responses, thought patterns and ways of behaving, thereby increasing your ability to reflect on your circumstances and responses. This will lead to a greater sense of control in your life, helping you to make more conscious choices: rather than falling into the automatic habit of responding in a particular way, you will be able to make more considered, deliberate decisions about how you wish to act.

Our meetings

Ordinarily, we would meet once or twice weekly at a pre-agreed established time. The content of our discussion is strictly confidential and nothing whatsoever is off limits; you will find that I am entirely non-judgmental and respectful about whatever you disclose to me.

Duration of therapy

The duration of therapy depends on your individual circumstances. If you want to address a specific issue, we can work in a focused way towards a resolution, which may take just a few weeks or months. However, if your problems are more deep seated and have lasted a long time, it may take longer to resolve them and so an open-ended approach is preferable. In either case, we work towards a mutually agreed ending.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

I have over 20 years of working within the field of mental health and wellbeing in numerous settings. These include 7 years in a primary care setting (NHS), 13 years in university settings (Reading University and Oxford University), and many years privately, both face to face in person, and remotely (online video or audio, text based, and telephone).

Currently, in addition to my private practice, I am employed by Oxford University and work with postgraduate students, academics, and staff members of the university. I also work frequently with undergraduate students, and privately with adults and young people (17+).

Training and qualifications

After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in French and Spanish Literature, I went on to gain a distinction at Reading University for a MA in ‘The Body & Representation’.

In my MA I focused on psychoanalytical theories and practices in relation to issues of identity (including sexual/gendered identity), and to body modification – specifically eating disorders, and addiction-driven or compulsive behaviours such as tattooing or body building.

Shortly afterwards I gained a certificate in Personal Performance and Life Coaching and commenced my MA/PG Dip in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, for which I again gained a distinction.

I then opted to train as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, gaining a Merit in a PG Dip in CBT and other Evidenced based Psychological Therapies.

Since my foundational therapeutic trainings I have completed numerous shorter professional development courses, such as an intensive course in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), mindfulness training, and various disorder specific and generic trainings.

Please feel free to ask for any details.

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.

BACP

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Additional information

I charge £85 per 50 minute session.

Please note that initial consultations can last for considerably longer (up to 1.5 hours), so do try to allow enough time for this first meeting. There is no additional charge for a first consultation, whatever its length.

Availability

I offer sessions during evenings and at weekends, as well as during working hours. I endeavour to be as flexible as possible so as to find a time that is convenient for you.

Further information

I recognise how daunting it can feel making the first contact, so please be assured that I will do my absolute best to ensure that you feel at ease and that the process is positive for you.

I have a particular professional interest in working with people who struggle with disordered eating and a difficult relationship with food. Additionally, I specialise in working with individuals involved in educational settings, whether students, academics, or staff.

I am a fully accredited and registered member of two professional organisations – BABCP and BACP [MBABCP (Accred), Registered Member MBACP (Accred)].

I work in accordance with the BACP ethical framework. As such, I am committed to regular supervision, and ongoing professional training and development.

I comply with GDPR regulations concerning the personal details I collect from you, as well as regarding how I store, hold, process and destroy them.

Reading
RG1

Oxford
OX1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Tamina Kate Oliver

Tamina Kate Oliver