clive oxford counselling, psychotherapy and supervision in hereford, herefordshire
|27th June 2022|
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 is 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.
My background has taken me into, and through, many 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
My practice room is approximately 15 mins from Hereford and within easy reach of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Hay-on-Wye.
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
SUPERVISION (Group & Individual) 2000/date
Individual Supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists
Group Supervisor to Counselling Staff at Drug & Alcohol Rehab Treatment Centre - Gloucestershire
Group Supervisor - Counselling & Psychotherapy Service in Hereford
Group Supervisor to post-graduate Counselling students at Royal Forest of Dean College.
GROUPWORK 1994/date (Training, Personal & Spiritual Development)
Listening skills workshops for teachers, social workers, nurses and carers.
Visiting Lecturer Personal Development Facilitator on Counselling Diploma Course (UWE)
Ongoing Practitioner Development Groups for practicing therapists and counsellors
PRIVATE PRACTICE 1991/date
Private practice in Hereford and Bristol
Founder member Independent Practitioners Network (IPN)
Local and Regional co-ordinator for IPN
Senior Accredited Psychotherapist & Counsellor NCS
CLINICAL PSYCHOTHERAPY & COUNSELLING TRAINING1988-93
Trained in Humanistic & Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
(Bath Centre for Psych & Couns) and Advanced Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt SouthWest)
RESTAURANT & ORGANIC FOOD STORE 1982-87 - owned and set up first organic vegetarian restaurant and foodstore in South London.
Projectionist Recorded music for intermissions at Art-house cinema Ritzy, Brixton
Various band incarnations. Released record that briefly tops independent music chart. Now collectable!
Visiting Lecturer (BA Photography) Various Art Colleges
Diploma - Creative Photography 1970 (Derby Coll. Of Art)
'Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto': I am human, nothing human is alien to me.
Terence, Roman playwright
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