clive oxford counselling, psychotherapy and supervision in hereford, herefordshire
|6th December 2023|
Having been in practice for over thirty years, I know that no one really wants to come and see me. I can seem like a 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 who will understand the gravity of your situation. Someone who will take you and your experience of life seriously.
Counselling and Psychotherapy; 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 reaching out to a Counsellor or Psychotherapist; everyone I’ve worked with has said that contacting me was one of the hardest things they ever did. But.... you can only start from where you are!
'We're on earth. There's no cure for that' - Samuel Beckett
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.
So, a little about me........ I’ve played cricket for Kent, once; run around Soho furiously to all the Jewish tailors for nine months; collected cash from tills at Butlins; poured white-hot molten metal into casts; emigrated to Toronto where I discovered photography; had my eyes opened at Art College; photographed, amongst others, Hell’s Angels, Benedictine monks and Joan Collins; lectured in creative photography at various art colleges across England; spent nearly ten years trying and failing to be a musical ‘someone’, whilst being a projectionist; created the first organic vegetarian restaurant in South London and taken ordination as an Interfaith Minister. My own inner, and outer material collapse, led me to therapy at 38 years old and, as a consequence, to my own training as a therapist. Now nearly forty years later I help both clients and other therapists be more truly who they are, while having the occasional photographic image exhibition. I still, in this insecure and unpredictable world, live by the ‘seat of my pants’ and hope to cultivate the courage to love amongst the fears, trials and tribulations of our inner and outer world. I live with my wife just outside Hereford and have ten grandchildren. Some of my current photographic image making can be seen here - #cliveoxfordimages
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 psychedelic integration practitioner with The Institute of Psychedelic Therapy
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
SUPERVISION (Group & Individual) 2000/date
Individual Supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists
Group Supervisor - 'Stepps' Drug & Alcohol Rehab Treatment Centre - Gloucestershire
Group Supervisor - Counselling & Psychotherapy Service in Hereford
Group Supervisor - 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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