clive oxford psychotherapy, counselling and supervision in hereford and herefordshire
|21st January 2018|
An Independent and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I provide individual Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counselling Supervision and Couples Counselling in Hereford. I also facilitate Personal Development Groups and Advanced Training for practitioners. My practice room is approximately 15 mins from central Hereford and within easy reach of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Hay-on-Wye.
Nobody really wants to come and see me. I can seem like the last resort. I'm the person you come to when no-one else will do ……and, you have to pay me! You've reached a point where you have to talk to someone; someone you hope will understand the gravity of your situation. Someone you hope will take you seriously.
So.... this is my job; what I do for a living; have conversations with people, be with them, helping them through times of difficulty, doubt, uncertainty and despair. It’s a risky business though; we might speak the unspeakable, hear the unhearable, feel the unfeelable, see the unseeable, touch the untouchable. That’s quite risky then; daring to hear, see, feel, touch, speak and sense that which has had no permission before.
Therapy often begin’s with fear; everyone I’ve worked with has said that phoning me was one of the hardest things they ever did.
But.... you can only start from where you are!
In my Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, I work with clients from every walk of life who sense they are at some ‘critical point’ in their lives; perhaps stuck, confused and unsure of the way forward - at a crossroads. Discovering meaning and purpose in these ‘places’ can be transforming and help realise new perspectives and horizons. The continual struggle, when self-esteem is low, can feel overwhelming, and it can often take great courage to ask for help or support.
With more than 25 years experience, my approach can now only be described as eclectic and thus very much 'tailored' to the individuals, couples or groups I work with. My clients say they find me insightful, intuitive, humourous, pragmatic and down-to-earth. I hope I bring gravitas and integrity to my work, believing that my own limitations and imperfections are only human. I am fortunate to be able to draw on the rich experience of working with many skillful trainers and therapists, and the courage, integrity and uniqueness of my students and clients. My approach gives those I work with, the permission, support, and challenge, to be more of who they truly are.
"We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell
I live with my wife, and am a father and stepfather to five children. I play the piano, sing a little and write poetry - a little. My background has taken me into some weird, wonderful, frightening and ordinary places, both metaphorically and actually. I've run my own restaurant and shop, exhibited and published my photographs, lectured in photographic arts, done my fair share of manual work, performed, recorded and produced both my own and others music, been ordained as an Interfaith Minister and have the spurious accolade of topping an independent music chart for a whole week!
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
Senior Accredited Psychotherapist & Counsellor - National Counselling Society
Registered Counsellor - United Kingdom Register of Counsellors
Ordained Interfaith Minister - Interfaith Foundation
Advanced Gestalt Psychotherapy Training (Gestalt SouthWest)
Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy - Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
Trauma and Phobia Therapy - Uncommon Knowledge
Member of Association of Interfaith Ministers - AIMS
Questioner: "Having been a monk for 40 years, you now know a great deal about human nature. Looking back is there one particular thing that would be most surprising to that 30-year-old who first put on robes?"
Ajahn Sumedho: "Yes. Not to believe anything your mind says."
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