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Fiona Bertram

Therapeutic Counsellor

About Me

Hi, I am Fiona, a counsellor at the Cherry Tree Centre in Henley-on-Thames, offering face-to-face and online sessions to clients over the age of 18. Following a successful career in Marketing, I made the decision to leave the corporate world in 2020 and follow my dream to become a counsellor.

We all experience times throughout our lives when we could do with a bit of extra support. This could be for a number of different reasons including unresolved childhood issues, relationships, behaviour patterns, past or present life events, difficult situations or uncomfortable feelings, emotions or thoughts. 

My role as a pluralistic therapist is to work within my skill and competence level to provide my clients with a safe and supportive environment where they feel comfortable to speak freely and share their story. 

I am not there to offer advice, judge or provide an instant solution or quick fix but instead I help my clients to explore their concerns and difficult or painful thoughts, feelings and experiences, allowing them to develop a better understanding of themselves and others. 

I am trained in various counselling approaches, including Psychodynamic, Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), allowing me to respect each client as a unique individual and adapt my therapeutic style and methods to suit their specific needs, goals and wishes. 

I fully appreciate that counselling can be a big commitment, in terms of time, money and emotional resource so with this in mind I always work openly and honestly with my clients in a collaborative and fluid way to ensure that they feel they are getting maximum benefit from their sessions. 

I have worked with clients on a range of presenting issues including stress, anxiety, addiction, grief and loss, relationships, illness, low self-esteem and lack of confidence. 

As well as my work at Cherry Tree Centre, I also volunteer as a student counsellor at Aspire in Oxford, an employment charity and social enterprise who support vulnerable members of the community facing challenges such as homelessness, poverty, addiction and mental health difficulties.

 

Qualifications

  • Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Practice
  • Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory (2022)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (2021)
  • Chartered Management Institute Essential Management Skills (2017)
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies (2002)

Professional Memberships

  • Member of The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)
  • Comprehensively insured by Holistic Insurance Services