Oliver Ward

Oliver Ward

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Basingstoke

Basingstoke RG22
Sessions from £45.00


  • Flexible hours available

About me and my therapy practice

Accessible Online Counselling / Oliver Ward specializes in counselling for the disabled provided by a disabled counsellor with first-hand knowledge of the specific, traumatic issues involved with a disability as well as a wide experience with other counselling issues.

Accessible Online Counselling allows you access to a Relate trained disabled counsellor who has personally experienced and reflected on the issues around a traumatic change of circumstances. As a previously able bodied counsellor who is now wheelchair bound and largely house bound I believe I can provide an accessible and comprehensive counselling service to you.

Oliver Ward is a physically disabled Relate trained counsellor and relationship specialist for individuals, couples and families.

I am based in Basingstoke but concentrate on providing specialist disabled, carer, traumatic incident and other counselling support online through a secure webcam connection, exploring with you any emotional, behavioural, or psychological issues you want to discuss.

Accessible Online Counselling is a chance to communicate your perspective and feelings to someone who is supportive, understanding and non judgmental of you whilst you assess your behaviour and reactions in relation to yourself and others.

Accessible Online Counselling can be an opportunity to analyse what is going on for you in your life without judgement and assist you to examine issues, either currently or in the past, and potentially make changes that reflect what is important to you going forward.

Accessible Online Counselling also allows you to access the benefits of counselling from your own personal space such as the comfort of your home, your office or wherever you choose, to make you more relaxed in addressing your concerns and help you to deal with any emotional, behavioural or other difficulties that you are experiencing.

Practice description

As a Relate trained counsellor and relationship specialist, based in Basingstoke, I have hundreds of hours of counselling experience with all kinds of issues, but specifically the areas around disability, ill health, carer issues and traumatic change of future. I understand the need to be non-judgemental, empathic, straight forward and curious towards the client.

In 2018 I became wheelchair-bound and was keen that counselling should be available to all, without the need to attend a special counselling room, especially with COVID-19 restrictions and so created Accessible Online Counselling.

We all face challenges and futures we don’t expect – I am no exception.

Due to the deterioration of a long-term balance condition it became necessary to retrain as a counsellor in 2013 so I could work locally. This was an adaptation to my future. This is a physical disability and, unfortunately, I became wheelchair-bound in 2018. This was an unexpected development to my family’s future.

I was suprised by quite how undervalued, uncatered for and difficult life is for a wheelchair bound disabled person. Additionally, I became more aware of the importance of my sense of self worth, my need to cope and change. These are common factors for people seeking counselling and may allow me a deeper understanding and empathy.

One impact is that I now work from home through Accessible Online Counselling.

Online counselling is not suitable for all types of issue and where I deem that to be the case, I will provide you with details of alternative support you can access.

I have a MA in Relationship Therapy from the University of Hull in conjunction with the Relate Institute.

My first session

After the initial contact, you would return to me a completed electronic copy of the Client Consent and Assessment Agreement. I will then contact you and we would arrange a mutually convenient time to meet over a secure WebCam service (Vsee or Zoom).

This 1st 50 minute session is free

This initial meeting will include some further assessment questions to help us understand what is the best way forward with what has brought you to counselling.

If we deem Accessible Online Counselling suitable and you have completed a Counselling Agreement, we would then meet at the same time over the WebCam, usually on a weekly basis or more frequently if you request.

I believe I practice integrative counselling. I describe the way that I work as a ‘toolbox approach’, using different ideas from different theories. The main benefits for the client are:

This potentially creates a flexible and dynamic approach that is relevant to the client’s issue.

The counsellor/client relationship can be seen as a partnership, looking at any discovered issues together. This method can be useful for clients looking for a mixture of behavioural and relational approaches

Please see my website at: www.accessibleonlinecounselling.co.uk or email accessibleonlinecounselling@outlook.com to arrange a free assessment or just a chat.

What I can help with

Abuse, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Business coaching, Cancer, Career coaching, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Cognitive analytic therapy, Eclectic, Family therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, Families, Groups, Older adults

How I deliver therapy

Online counselling, Telephone counselling, Time-limited