Our story

Contextual Consulting was founded in 2012 by Dr Joe Oliver, a distinguished clinical psychologist, and associate professor at University College London. The business was born out of Joe’s deep passion for ACT, both in his professional practice and personal life, Joe recognised the immense potential of ACT in facilitating positive transformations and personal growth. A primary goal for him was to disseminate the principles of ACT to a wide audience, enabling more individuals to benefit from its empowering approach.

In recent years, there has been a remarkable surge in global interest and engagement with ACT across various fields and disciplines. This exponential growth reflects the increasing desire for individuals worldwide to deepen their understanding and application of ACT principles in their personal and professional lives.

We’ve grown into a team of presenters, therapists and support staff over the last decade but our goal continues to be the connection of the ACT community through training, supervision and therapy referrals.


Our training facilitates an interesting and accessible ACT curriculum, highlighting the practical benefits and breadth of uses for the model across a variety of situations. We have already helped over 50,000 professionals to advance their continuing development.

We know your time is precious so we offer both live workshops and flexible, on-demand courses plus recordings for you to learn in your own time and at your own pace. Our workshops keep practitioners up to date with the latest techniques because we engage world-renowned speakers, experts in cutting-edge research and presenters who are approachable, and knowledgeable about ACT. We aim to offer practical solutions to the challenges of working in mental health.

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Our supervision environments are supportive and tailored to professional’s specific learning needs. We see supervision as absolutely integral to your ACT practice to help you be the best ACT practitioner you can be. Our supervision will help you sharpen your formulations and become more compassionate of the issues your clients face, reflecting on your experiences while making sense of them and assisting you in the precision and impact of your interventions.

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Our team of experienced clinical psychologists are here to help with a range of psychological therapies that that are private, safe and most importantly help you to move on from any problems you are currently facing.
We offer free telephone consultation with one of our therapists to discuss your personal requirements and options. We don’t operate a waiting list, which means we can quickly offer you an initial appointment, as sessions are currently offered online. We work with respect, discretion and professionalism at all times.

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