clive oxford psychotherapy, counselling and supervision in hereford, herefordshire and online
|29th October 2020|
Individuals & Couples
Individual & Group Supervision
Perhaps no one really wants to come and see me, a Counsellor, Psychotherapist. 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. Like walking a tightrope, it’s a risky business; 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.
We can feel very fearful entering Counselling and Psychotherapy; 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 practice since 1990, 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 Counselling and Psychotherapy 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.
ONLINE COUNSELLING & THERAPY
Online Counselling via secure video links has been part of my therapy practice for many years. Of course, the disturbing and anxiety-producing effects of this current global 'viral' crisis mean that Online Therapy will be the only way to provide safe and effective professional psychological help.
Over the last few years Online Video Therapy has opened the door for many who were unable, or would prefer, for a myriad of reasons, to use the opportunity modern technology now makes possible.
From a practical perspective, Online Counselling and Therapy offers an alternative where traditional counselling settings are not practical. E.g. fitting in-person therapy appointments around childcare can sometimes be impossible; individuals who travel extensively for work can find it difficult to access support. How individuals or couples fit counselling sessions into their daily lives is now much more flexible; Online Counselling offers a realistic alternative. Obviously at times of such crisis as we are now experiencing it can be invaluable.
I conduct all my Online Counselling & Supervision sessions from within my practice room; of course a dedicated and private space. It is essential also that you can find a private and safe space from which to talk with me. While of course it is possible to conduct online work on a mobile phone, it is not usually either comfortable or effective (although sometimes, of course, it may be necessarily expedient). For this reason I recommend a desktop, laptop, I-pad or tablet. If you would like to enquire further please email me or call me on 07743 955634
I can use a number of different video platforms; I prefer Zoom and FaceTime.
My background has taken me into some weird, wonderful, frightening and ordinary places, both metaphorically and actually, and still seems to! 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 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! I live with my wife just outside Hereford and have nine grandchildren. Some of my current photographic image making can be seen here - cliveoxford.uk
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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
'Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto': I am human, nothing human is alien to me.
Terence, Roman playwright
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