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Dr Els van Ooijen

Els van Ooijen


Doctor in Psychotherapy by Professional Studies 
MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy 
Certificate Foundation in Dance Movement Therapy 
Somatic Trauma Therapy Training 
Certificate in Supervision 
Certificate, Foundation in Core Process Therapy 
MA Philosophy 
Diploma in Counselling Studies 
Postgraduate Certificate in Education 
Diploma in Nursing 
BA (Open) Humanities and Social Sciences
Registered General Nurse


Els is a Relational-Integrative psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor who has been a visiting lecturer to the Counselling team since 1991 and has contributed to the Certificate, Diploma and Masters stages of the Counselling programmes. Together with Lesley Spencer she developed and has been teaching the Postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision since 2000.

Els has a great deal of supervision experience and continues to supervise practitioners from a wide variety of contexts, including the NHS, higher education, private and voluntary organisations and private practice. Els obtained her doctorate (Dpsych) in 2008 from Middlesex University and has co-written a textbook which is used by the Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.


Books on supervision

Van Ooijen, E. (2013) Clinical Supervision Made Easy. A creative and relational approach for the helping professions. Second edition. Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books.
Van Ooijen, E. G. (2003) Clinical Supervision made Easy. The 3Step Method. (Churchill Livingstone / Elsevier), Edinburgh.
Van Ooijen, E. G. (2000) Clinical Supervision: a practical guide. (Churchill Livingstone), Edinburgh

Book on psychotherapy and counselling
Faris, A and van Ooijen, E (2012) Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, a relational approach. London: Sage publications.

Book Reviews

Van Ooijen, E (2012) Healing Past Hurts: Reflections on a Practitioner Doctorate. The British Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. Vol. 9, Issue, 1, pp17-28.
Van Ooijen, E (2012) A personal reflection on the praxis of integrative psychotherapy. Members’ reports on their own research. The Psychotherapist. Issue 51, Summer, pp23.
Van Ooijen, E (2012) Why I became a counsellor. Therapy Today.net On line Magazine May. Vol.23, Issue 24. http://www.therapytoday.net/article/show/3104/print/
Faris, A and van Ooijen, E (2009) Integrating Approaches, Therapy Today; June, Vol.20, Issue 5, pp24-27.
Van Ooijen, (1999) Moment to Moment. A personal account of the effect of Core Process training and therapy. Self and Society, Vol. 26, No 26, Jan. pp28-34.

Spencer, L and van Ooijen, E (2012) Making the Most of Supervision. Leabrink, Fownhope, Hereforshire, UK: Counselling DVDs in association with University of Wales, Newport.


Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (September 2008)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Accredited member
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKPC) – Accredited member
United Kingdom Association for Psychotherapy Integration (UKAPI) 
The Relational School (UK)
International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (IARPP) 
Independent Practitioners Network (IPN)


Expertise or Interest
Heuristic research
Clinical supervision

Email: els.vanooijen@southwales.ac.uk