About Oakwood Psychology Services
Oakwood Psychology Services was founded as a not-for-profit social enterprise in 2014.
Dr Caroline Vermes and the Oakwood team are dedicated to the provision of affordable psychological therapies, as well as counselling research, and counsellor training and development. We have supported thousands of people to live healthier, happier lives.
We are proud to be an NHS partner organisation. We are also honoured to have been granted Accredited Service status by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2017.
Our Mission and Values
Mission: Counselling psychology practice, training and research
Oakwood Psychology Services is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Our mission is to advance psychological knowledge and well-being for public benefit. We do this through the direct provision of specialist psychological therapies under contract to public and private corporate customers. We invest in our mission by supporting counsellor training and research. We do this through the provision of case managed training placements and continuing professional development opportunities undertaken by our staff and volunteers.
Vision and Values
Oakwood Psychology Services takes pride in being a place where our service users, staff and trainees thrive in a professional, friendly environment. We offer learning experiences for all who are involved with our work, by providing therapeutic services that are responsive, flexible and ethical. Our vision is to do what we can to support a society characterised by compassion, connection, and fairness.
Counselling and placements provided by Oakwood Psychology Services are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). All practitioners adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018).
The fundamental values of counselling and psychotherapy include:
- Respecting human rights and dignity
- Protecting the safety of all who use and provide our services
- Enhancing the quality of professional knowledge and its application
- Alleviating personal distress and suffering
- Fostering a sense of self that is meaningful to the person(s) concerned
- Increasing personal effectiveness
- Enhancing the quality and integrity of relationships between people
- Appreciating the variety of human experience and culture
- Striving for the fair and adequate provision of counselling and psychotherapy services
General Data Protection Regulation
As an ICO-registered data controller, Oakwood Psychology Services is committed to respecting and protecting the privacy of all personal information shared with us in the course of our work. We handle, store and process personal information fairly and lawfully in line with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation. You can read and download our Privacy Notice here.
Download the 2018 Oakwood Annual report here.