Counselling

What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for a person to talk about issues which are causing them anxiety or distress. Many people are unhappy within themselves. They feel uncertain and want to explore their inner conflicts. Others are experiencing problems in their everyday relationships with family, friends or in the work place. Within a confidential environment, where the counsellor respects and accepts the client, a mutual trust develops. It becomes possible to have the time and space to explore issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, loss, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma and anger.

How does it work?
A counselling relationship is different from a social relationship in that it is limited only to regular counselling sessions. Counselling is either on a long-term basis where the work continues for as long as required or on a short-term basis where more specific issues form the focus of the sessions. There is a commitment on both the part of the client and the counsellor and sessions, lasting fifty minutes, are conducted on a regular weekly basis at the same time and place. In this safe non-judgemental environment, the mutual trust which develops fosters the possibility to examine the underlying feelings and issues that are causing distress.

The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard understood the true nature of Counselling when he wrote, “Life must be lived forwards, but it can only be understood backwards.”

 

Dr Will Edwards

Counsellor & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner
I offer psychological therapy for personal development and a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Having had training in a number of therapeutic techniques and ideas enables me to consider a person’s difficulties from a number of perspectives and to offer therapy based not only on a person’s needs but also on current research evidence.I have completed both undergraduate and masters qualifications in psychology at Oxford Brookes and Oxford Universities and a doctorate in psychology (PsychD in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology) at the University of Surrey. I am registered with the Health Professions Council (the independent government appointed regulator of psychologists in the UK) and I am chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which means you can expect high standards of psychological knowledge and expertise. It also means I am committed to high ethical standards of practice and professional development.
I work with clients using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and person-centred counselling. I have experience working within several NHS and public service counselling and psychotherapy services in Oxfordshire and London, working with individuals with a broad spectrum of difficulties. I now practise privately and have a special interest in adult mental health, particularly difficulties that can arise with life stage transitions.Typically an initial consultation will last for one hour and subsequent sessions will last for fifty minutes. At the end of the initial appointment I will share my initial understanding of your problem with you, and propose the therapeutic approach I believe to be an appropriate way forward. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have.
My fees are £95 for an initial meeting. Subsequent sessions are between £80 and £115 depending on the type of work we decide on together. Concessionary prices are available on a limited basis for students, trainee therapists and lower-income earners/unemployed.

Making the initial contact can feel quite daunting for many people. If you do not feel that you wish to speak to me at present, but have questions that you would like answered, then please email me. If you would like to speak to me, or would like to go ahead and arrange an initial meeting, please telephone. If I am unable to take your call immediately, I may be with a client, so do leave a message on the answering machine and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please be assured that all communication will be in the strictest confidence and should I need to leave a message for you, do be assured it will be discreet.

Call Wantage NTC on 01235 760079.
Mob: 07585 955 377
E-mail: oxford.psychologist@gmail.com