clive oxford psychotherapy, counselling and supervision in hereford and herefordshire
|19th February 2020|
My practice room is approximately 15 mins from 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!
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.
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!
“Do not let me hear
Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,
Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fear of possession,
Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God.
The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.” - TS Eliot
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
'Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto': I am human, nothing human is alien to me.
Terence, Roman playwright
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