Tim O'Neill - MBACP (Senior Accredited) Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Supervisor
Tim O’Neill MBACP (Senior Accredited) Adult & Young Person Counsellor/Psychotherapist
During the continuing COVID-19 pandemic I can offer you sessions via telephone, WhatsApp or Zoom. I work remotely with clients all over the UK, including students attending University.
I can also offer you Walk and Talk therapy (observing safe distancing measures). Walks take place by the river in Godalming away from crowded areas to enhance space and safe distancing between us. See separate Godalming area profile for more details.
Concessionary fees available for NHS frontline workers.
Free 20 minute phone consultation to discuss working together.
To support you during the pandemic I can offer you the flexibility of sessions early in the morning, during the evening and at weekends, in addition to normal session times.
I will be reverting back to room based sessions when it is deemed safe for both my clients and myself.
My experience as a therapist
I can offer you 25 years experience as a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I work with adults of all ages and have a specialism in counselling young people 12-19 years old. I also offer remote sessions with students at universities throughout the UK. I am a BUPA recognised therapist in addition to other major medical insurers and have been a qualified counselling supervisor since 2009. I have lectured in counselling for 20 years. I also offer you the option of Walk and Talk Therapy (please see below).
How I can help you as a counsellor
I offer you a FREE 20 minute introductory phone call to discuss working together and answer any questions you wish to ask. I can offer you daytime, evening and weekend sessions. In addition to my normal face to face appointments I can offer telephone and online sessions to clients anywhere in the UK
My specialism in counselling young people 12-19 years old and university students is informed by 25 years counselling experience in sixth form colleges and universities. I have attended many training events specific to young people.
Whether you are an adult, or a young person, I offer further specialisms in generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, low self esteem, bereavement, depression/low mood, feeling sad and stress. If you are a trainee counsellor studying on Diploma, Degree, Masters or Phd level courses I can offer you term time contracts in line with your academic needs.
Other Issues I can help you with include: exam stress, relationship/ family breakdown, self-harm, separation/divorce, postnatal depression and suicidal ideation. See below for a definitive list.
I understand the reason you are seeking counselling may not be in relation to any specific issue. For example you may want a safe and confidential space to explore your feelings or seek to grow as a person. It is my wish that our sessions together can help you to understand yourself better and provide greater insight and awareness of your presenting issues or life experience.
My Person Centred and Integrative approach to counselling
As a Person Centred practitioner It is important to me that you have the autonomy to choose the issues and concerns you wish to focus upon and the pace you wish to work at. I aim to be open and honest in relation to all aspects of our work together.
I work alongside you in a relationship built around equality and trust. I offer a safe, confidential environment, free from judgement where I seek to empathically communicate my understanding of your concerns. The quality of the counselling relationship is often the most significant factor for clients reflecting on why counselling helped them.
Sometimes I Integrate other counselling approaches to enhance our work together. I have trained in Person Centred Art Therapy (please ask me if you wish to use art materials in our sessions together). I also integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and psychodynamic ways of thinking where appropriate.
I have extensive experience of working effectively with young people coping with exam stress and anxiety. I integrate an established CBT model to improve a young person’s ability to prepare for and sit their exams. Most commonly this has been with A level and GCSE students.
Walk and Talk Therapy
Is a form of counselling/psychotherapy where confidential sessions take place outside with you the client and myself walking side by side. It is also referred to as Eco-therapy, or Outdoor Therapy. The pace is always set by you and I match your pace. If you wish to pause or sit you are free to do so.
The objective of Walk and Talk is for us to have a counselling session. However walking in a natural environment provides an additional therapeutic context. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and same rules of confidentiality as in face to face counselling sessions.
Walk & Talk offers you the benefits of walking outside with the psychological benefits of talking to a counsellor. Studies show it reduces levels of anxiety, panic, stress, depression and enhances a sense of well being. Sessions take place in Godalming which is surrounded by beautiful countryside. I can also offer you Walk and Talk sessions in Guildford.
Please contact me for further details and an information sheet if you are interested in Walk and Talk sessions.
Since 2009 I have practised as a qualified Supervisor of both experienced and trainee counsellors. Please visit my Supervisor Profile ( see box on the left).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Postgraduate Diploma (MA equivalent) in Counselling 1996 University of East London
- Level 6 Diploma in Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2009
- BACP Accreditation 2003 as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist (ongoing)
- BA hons 2-1 in Social Psychology
- Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy 2005
Examples of other Training and CPD
- Working with Anxiety and depression
- Various Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Various Working with young people who Self Harm
- Bereavement and Loss
- Suicidal Ideation
- Young People with eating disorders
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 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £60 per session
I am a BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA and Vitality Health registered therapist
Please contact me for a free 20 minute introductory phone call to discuss how we can work together .
Concessions offered for
Please visit my Supervisor profile by clicking on the link in the shaded box on the left.