About me

Tim O’Neill MBACP (Senior Accredited)  Adult & Young Person Counsellor/Psychotherapist/Supervisor  Diploma in Supervision

My experience as a therapist

I can offer you 26 years experience as a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I work with adults of all ages and specialise in counselling young people 12-19 years old and students at universities throughout the UK. I am a BUPA recognised therapist in addition to other major medical insurers and qualified as a counselling/psychotherapy 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).

The different therapy options and availability I can offer you.

I work face to face with clients in a large well ventilated therapy room at a medical practice in Godalming and also (with COVID in mind) via telephone, WhatsApp or Zoom. I work remotely with clients all over the UK, including students attending University. I can offer you the flexibility of sessions early in the morning, during the evening and at weekends, in addition to normal session times.

Walk and Talk Therapy

I can also offer you Walk and Talk Therapy (observing safe distancing measures). This form of therapy is very popular with clients of all ages. Walks take place by the River Wey in Godalming town, away from crowded areas against a scenic backdrop.  See separate Walk and Talk section at the bottom of this page for more details.

I am able to offer you a free 20 minute introductory phone call to discuss working together and answer any questions you wish to ask. 

Personal Specialisms

My experience in counselling young people 12-19 years old and university students of all ages is informed by many years therapeutic practice in 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, Social anxiety Phobias, Stress, Depression/low mood, Bereavement and feeling sad. 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, low self esteem, 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 related 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/Cognitive 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.

 I also Integrate aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to enhance our work together.  I introduce (where appropriate) some basic neuroscience and psycho-education to help clients understand more fully what contributes to such issues as Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Once again (if appropriate) I will introduce clients to certain self help models to aid the development of coping strategies and resilience 

Exam Stress

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.

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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 (as pictured) 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.

Supervision

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

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma Level 7 (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
  • Level 7 PGCE
  • 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

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.

Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP
  • BUPA

Additional information

My fees are  £65 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 or online session to discuss how we can work together .

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available for appointments in the daytime, evenings and weekends

Further information

Please visit my Supervisor profile by clicking on the link in the shaded box on the left.

Catteshall Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7

Guildford
Surrey
GU1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair access in my Guildford Practice

Additional languages

Some Spanish

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have been qualified as a counselling/Psychotherapy supervisor since 2009 when I completed a level 6 Diploma in Supervision.

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