- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Concessionary rates
I currently have space for face to face sessions in central Norwich on Wednesday afternoons/early evenings. I'm also available at other times for online sessions.
About me and my therapy practice
Hello, my name is Olivia and I am a person-centred counsellor.
I feel very privileged to be able to offer you a unique kind of space, different from the kind of support that friends/family are usually able to give. The person-centred counselling approach focuses on what it is really like to be you, and on making a space that is safe enough for you to explore/untangle your thoughts, feelings and what you are experiencing more fully. Going at your pace, I will accompany you as you go wherever you need to go, with no agenda or judgement but a commitment to be like a (faithful but gentle) mirror, helping you to see more clearly and look more closely at what is there.
This kind of relationship can be very healing, allowing you to really feel and think, to make connections, and to find greater self-understanding and self-acceptance. Change often comes quite naturally as part of this process; perhaps knowing more clearly what you need to do, or how you want to be, feeling freer or more able to be yourself, or feeling less at war with yourself.
If this kind of approach sounds good to you, then I believe that it has the potential to be very helpful for whatever the problems or issues are that you want to work on. My person-centred approach enables me to work uniquely with each individual person that I meet as a client and I don’t, therefore, specialise in any particular area. I do, however, have some particular professional experiences that may be helpful for you to know:
Previous employment with MIND provided me with training in various mental health diagnoses, and having then worked for a mental health branch of the NHS, I have further developed my insight into the different NHS treatment pathways and processes. I feel that this experience puts me in a good position to help you to think about what a diagnosis means, or would mean, for you as an individual, and I feel very passionate about being alongside clients in relation to diagnosis and mental health.
In my spare time I enjoy dancing, being in nature, and have an interest in mindfulness. I will be alongside you as a fellow human being however similar or different we may be.
My first session
By setting out to find a counsellor, you have already made the first step in tackling whatever has been troubling you. I believe we only really know if we can work together by meeting for an initial 'exploratory' session, so if what you have read appeals to you, please contact me to make a booking.
I offer 50 minute sessions, and believe that therapy works best if this is weekly, especially at the beginning, meeting at the same time and place each week. I will, however, be flexible according to your circumstances. I charge £40 per session, with a reduced rate of £30 for the initial session. I offer short or long-term therapy, determined by you.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Humanistic, Person centred
Clients I work with
Adults, Older adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited