About

We’re a social enterprise that provides psychological therapies to people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

We offer counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and a range of group workshops from our base in Downend and from doctors’ surgeries and community venues across South Gloucestershire and Bristol.

We work under contract to the NHS as an Any Qualified Provider. Because our services are funded by the NHS, you won’t have to pay anything for the help we give you if you come to us via an NHS referral. For more, see How do I get help?

Outside our NHS contract, we also provide:

Any profit we make is used to improve access to low-cost counselling services in the local communities in which we operate and to fund research into counselling in primary mental healthcare.

Oasis-Talk was set up in 2012 by staff previously involved in delivering primary care psychological therapies for South Gloucestershire NHS primary care trust over many years.

Oasis-Talk is run by a core team who lead and coordinate the work of a group of highly committed, skilled and experienced counsellors, cognitive behavioural therapists and workshop facilitators.

Meet the core team

Vicki Palmer

CEO

Vicki has been a counsellor and counselling supervisor and trainer for over 20 years, many of them in an NHS setting. She is passionate about providing high-quality, accessible psychological therapies in local communities.

Ruth Richardson

Deputy CEO

Ruth has held management roles in the VCSE sector since 2010 and is also a trustee of a local charity. She is passionate about working alongside local people to improve health and wellbeing. Ruth leads on business development, partnerships and communications.

Sheena Williams

Finance Manager

Sheena handles all of the organisation's finances and is MAAT qualified with over 17 years experience working in finance, including 4 years working in the VCSE sector. She is also experienced with tax accountancy.

Daniel Alton

Data Analyst

Dan has a background in the civil service and has been working with big data for over 15 years. He is keen to implement new and interesting ways of working with our data to help us better understand our business.

Shazia Riaz

Community Worker

Shazia has many years of local government experience, especially in equalities and community development and has served in many public sector organisations as a board member. Her role as the outreach Elders worker for Oasis-Talk has involved working directly with diverse community groups to design services which support the mental health needs of their communities.

Raje Airey

Clinical Lead

Raje is an experienced counsellor, supervisor and trainer. She has worked for more than fifteen years in NHS primary care settings and has managed a counselling team within an IAPT service. She is committed to promoting clinical excellence and making talking therapies more widely available within the community.

Kate Hannay

Team Manager - Bristol

Kate is a chartered counselling psychologist and a qualified CBT therapist. She has worked in busy NHS settings for the last 8 years and is enthusiastic about delivering top quality therapy in as many different forms as possible. While the bulk of her work has been with individual clients, she is also experienced in and passionate about working with couples and groups.

Sandra Pascoe

Team Manager - South Glos

Sandra is a chartered counselling psychologist who has worked in both NHS and private settings for the past 9 years. She also has over 10 years’ experience working as a senior manager, specialising in service development for the not-for-profit sector. Sandra is committed to improving access to psychological therapies within the community and offers an integrative mindful approach to her work.

Debbie Leach

Operations Manager

As our Operations Manager, Debbie’s role is to keep everything running smoothly. She is an experienced administrator and manager and is often the first port of call for patients and professionals contacting Oasis-Talk. Before working with us, Debbie ran her own nursery in Bristol for many years.

Chris Bowles

Courses Manager

Chris has many years’ experience developing and facilitating courses for NHS service users and in the workplace. She is a trained Mindfulness teacher with postgraduate qualifications in group facilitation. Chris is committed to continuously improving the quality of our courses so that they are effective, enjoyable and accessible to all.