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Working As A Counsellor With A Chronic Condition – Olivia Djouadi, Kel O’Neill, & Kristine Abercrombie

May 19 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm BST

Olivia Djouadi, Kel O'Neill, & Kristine Abercrombie

Event Details


In more recent years, more has been spoken about in working with clients with a chronic condition around accessibility and what it may be like for those living with a condition. Less spoken about is what about if the clinician is the one with a chronic condition. As a person with type 1 diabetes, which means daily injections and blood tests, I didn’t have guidance on how to manage my own health when working with clients. Is it ok to tell them? Can I get insurance? What to do on sick days that might occur at the last minute, so lots to think about on this topic. A chronic condition may be medical like diabetes, psychological such as depression, or having a different way of processing information like with dyslexia or autism.

Some comments I heard in the past made me feel dismissed such as saying 'counsellors should be in good health' which is very unclear. I have good health, however, as I'm on medication and have medical input, others may not see good health. I will be discussing how one might manage and what additional areas of importance are there for those juggling clinical work and health.

About Olivia Djouadi


My name is Olivia Djouadi, and I am a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor who works with trauma and chronic conditions online. I also work as a tutor at OLT Online Training for Counsellors Ltd.

When I'm not working, I live and assist a special needs adult who uses a wheelchair for mobility and another adult with autism. I also volunteer at the RAF talking to ex-military about their experiences. Lived experience is down to my type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, so do have times I rest or reduce my working hours so I'm at my best for clients and supervisees.


Ch. 14 - Using creativity in online supervision and chronic illness (OLIVIA DJOUADI)
from the book: "Online Supervision – Anne Stokes" - (May 2018)

About Kel O'Neill


I am a Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor with a special interest in the area of Eating Disorders. I have spent almost 15 years working in this field in a variety of roles and am ever passionate about sharing my experiences and using my knowledge for the benefit of others.

As a Therapist, I work with eating disorder related concerns as well as a variety of other issues within my own private practice. I also offer traditional Counselling Supervision, as well as provide case specific consultation for Counsellors requiring extra input while working with a client with an Eating Disorder.

I have been writing a – now award nominated – blog 'Mental Health Bites' for a few years and February 2020 will see a total relaunch of this.

Following a 12 months health related hiatus (allowing me to practice a lot of self care!), my training workshops will also be getting a 2020 makeover – and I hope they continue to be of interest and draw the exceptional feedback we've received over the years.

About Kristine Abercrombie


I am a Clinical Psychologist and have studied as well as worked within the field of psychology for the past 18 years. I completed a BSc in Applied Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I am also a Chartered member of "The British Psychological Society" and registered with "The Health and Care Professions Council". The majority of my experience has been in the NHS, working in a variety of different disciplines. Due to health reasons, I've taken my career in a different direction and am now working privately, which also involves a contract with the victims and survivors service here in Northern Ireland, helping people affected by 'the troubles'. I am currently on the exciting journey of expanding the online therapy aspect of my business, as well as providing online clinical supervision.

I specialize in providing psychological treatments to adolescents, adults, and older adults experiencing a wide range of psychological/emotional difficulties. I work in a very integrative and collaborative way, utilising a range of therapeutic modalities tailoring each intervention to the individual. I also have a particular interest in cognitive analytic therapy, schema focused therapy, mindfulness, and compassion focused therapy.

Kristine Abercrombie

Event Format


This event will be an interview conducted using a ZOOM video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

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May 19
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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