Oliver Frawley Counsellor , N16
I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, based in StokeNewington, London N16. I have been practising for fifteen years and have worked with a range of presenting issues with people from diverse backgrounds.
People often ask what is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?. There are many overlaps. Both are talking therapies. I would normally see counselling as being more short-term and goal-directed (usually 6-12 sessions) for people who wish to talk through a particular problem. Psychotherapy,I see as a more long-term, in depth exploration of life's concerns and problems.
The decision to seek counselling may not come easily and it is important that you find the right therapist. Research shows that the most important factor in successful therapy is the quality of relationship between therapist and client. I offer a safe space to individuals to bring whatever is troubling them and I strive to be empathetic and non-judgmental at all times(while challenging when appropriate). I describe my way of working as primarily existential. This is a straight-forward approach which explores the lives of an individual on a day-to-day basis. However,I also believe that no one approach can meet the needs of every individual and am always open to learning from other approaches. In practice I adapt to meet the needs of each individual. I do not analyze and do not label or pathologize my clients(not patients). I do not direct them on courses of action that are not of their choosing. Rather, I facilitate them to find their own way.
The initial session is an opportunity for you to see if you would like working with me. In it we explore what anow brings you to therapy and I tell you a little more about my way of working and explain my policies on fees, cancellations and confidentiality. If we do agree to work together, we decide whether it is to be time-limited or for open-ended therapy. Such decisions are always open to revision as the therapy progresses.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE;
I have not always been a therapist. I have worked as a teacher,youth worker, and ran my own business, a bookshop for five years before deciding to train as a psychotherapist and counsellor. During my training I worked for a Housing Association specialising in the rehabilitation of residents with mental health and addiction problems. I am very familiar with the day-to-day problems and concerns faced by members of the teaching and caring professions and with the stresses of running a business.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent's College,and a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling from City University. I am a registered member of the UKCP and abide by its code of ethics. I am fully insured and am regularly supervised by a UKCP registered supervisor. To maintain my registration I attend numerous professional development courses each year. I have attended courses on CBT, Attachment Theory, Neuroscience, Mindfulness, Focussing as part of my ongoing learning and all of which I integrate into my practice.
I also work as a lecturer and supervisor of trainee therapists. I am a member of The Society for Existential Analysis and have two papers published in its journal
Training and qualifications
Fees40 -50 for 1 hour session. Limited number of concessionary fees for lower-incomed and trainee counsellors.