Integrative counselling with a relational style.

Welcome to my website

Life can be hard at times. This can sometimes be the result of past experiences as well as the general pressures of everyday life. It can be helpful to have someone who will not judge you and whom you can trust, someone to talk to and explore your issues with. Counselling is a process where, in a caring and confidential environment, you can explore your issues together with someone who is trained to listen and help you reflect. The aim is for you to gain a greater degree of understanding about yourself and your issues and for you to find the resources you need to see the changes you are seeking to achieve.

I am an integrative counsellor with a relational style. This means I seek to build a good therapeutic relationship between client and counsellor in order for us to work together to explore your personal journey so far, and how you might be empowered to face the future. As a result of my integrative training, I use various techniques according to a person’s situation. These might include aspects of Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis, Gesthalt Therapy as well as occasional creative interventions.

About me

Accredited Counsellor Stuart OliphantI am a trained professional, registered counsellor with a BA (Hons) Degree in Theology and Counselling. (Level 6) I also have BA (Hons) degrees in Modern Languages and Biblical and Cross-Cultural Studies, In addition to my counselling training, I have many years’ experience of working and living in another culture. This has also provided me with a greater understanding of myself and others. I am a registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) whose register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. This means that I am bound by the ACC code ethics and practice. My training has also equipped me to work with people of all faiths or those with none.

I offer one hour sessions on a weekly basis, usually at the same time and on the same day. I currently work in Hemel Hempstead and will soon be opening an additional counselling room in Chalfont St. Peter.

I offer a free initial consultation to explore your reasons for seeking counselling as well as to provide the opportunity for us to see if counselling is right for you at this time. On agreeing to work together, we would aim to review our work together periodically to see how many sessions are needed. We will usually agree on an initial six sessions before reviewing. As it is best practice not to end abruptly, it would be my normal practice to have 3 planned sessions with you before ending. This would be discussed with you in advance.

Areas of counselling I work with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction(s)
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Cancer
  • Childhood bereavement
  • Childhood bullying
  • Depression
  • Emotional abuse
  • Family issues
  • Feeling sad
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
  • Work-related stress

FAQ's & Fees

What can you expect in our first session?

The first session is a time set apart for me to get to know you, your background and your reasons for coming to counselling.
It is also an opportunity for me to explain how I work and for you to ask any questions you may have.
You may have had experience of counselling before or you might not, either way it is good to talk about expectations and initial goals.

How does counselling help?

The sessions we have together are time reserved for you.
My clients often comment that they value the time as “their” time in the midst of a busy weekly schedule.
It is time they have set aside to think through issues they might not otherwise have time or space to look at and be thoroughly listened to. A trained counsellor can help you to process your thoughts and help you to take steps to move towards the changes you are seeking to achieve.

Will what you say remain confidential?

It is only natural that we may be hesitant to open up to someone about our lives.
You can be assured that everything you say in our sessions will be kept confidential except if I am seriously concerned for your safety or that of others or in a situation where I am legally required to break confidentiality.
It might be that outside bodies such as social services, doctors, the police etc. ask me for information.
In all these cases I would seek to speak to you first about this.
Any notes I take from our sessions are kept in locked storage and a number used instead of your name.
Like all counsellors I have to have regular supervision of my work.
I discuss my clients cases in these sessions in an anonymous way so that my supervisor can check I am working with you in the most appropriate way.

Fees

My fees are £40 per 60 minute session.
As time is being reserved for you each week there is a 50% charge for any sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

For further information contact me via the form below

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Email: stuartoliphantcounselling@gmail.com
Phone: 07798 906439.

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