Ally Stott (UKCP)
Jericho Community Centre
33a Canal Street
07968 691 870
My Counselling and Psychotherapy practice in Oxford offers a safe space in which to explore what matters to you in your life, so that you can live with less stress and anxiety and with more ease. Life happens and it is full of changes, some changes we welcome and some we don't. Finding beneficial and sustainable ways to meet life's challenges and changes is something we can do in this work.
My work as a psychotherapist means that I am alongside you as you inquire into what matters to you in life. When life feels difficult or uncertain we find our ground from reconnecting with our inner resources and wisdom, and from having someone alongside side us who can listen well, appropriately support, and guide when needed. It takes courage, clarity and compassion to turn towards our self in times of difficulty. As we become more aware of our habitual thinking and behavioural patterns and go beyond them, we connect with our innate wisdom and compassion and cultivate a steadiness of heart and mind. Then through discernment we have the capacity to wisely meet the challenges and transitions of life that are a natural aspect of life's cycle.
I work with couples and individuals exploring the full spectrum of life matters, these can include; living with illness, being a carer, depression and anxiety, burn-out, relationship issues, abuse, adoption, ecological concerns and spirituality. I have over 15 years experience working in the field of mental health, with both groups and individuals in hospital settings and in the community. This includes working as a group facilitator, mentor, advocate, running creative arts groups and working for a Spiritual and Pastoral Care team within the NHS.
I usually see clients on a weekly basis and work with both short and long term matters. I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist. My east Oxford practice is on a regular bus route and within easy access the ring-road and train station; there is plenty of on street parking. My Jericho practice is within walking distance of the city centre and train station, and has accessible on-street parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute in Devon, an MA in Critical Theory from the University of Reading and a 1st class Honours Degree in Fine Art. I am part of the Ecopsychology Network and committed to on-going leaning in all aspects of life.
Alongside my work as a psychotherapist I work part-time for the Maggie's Cancer care Centre in Oxford, running mindfulness groups and exploring experiences of living with serious illness. I have co-ordinated a Counselling and Psychotherapy service for a charity supporting people living with life threatening illness and their families. Through this work I have indepth experience of supervising and training volunteers and of being alongside people when life feels uncertain and the next step is unclear.
I have a special interest in being alongside women as we move through significant transitional times in our lives. These transitional times can happen at any stage in our life and at any age. Becoming more conscious of what is actually happening, making conscious choices and honouring what matters, grounds, strengthens and empowers us. Having the right person at our side as we let go of and integrate what has been, and create space for what is emerging brings a witnessing and power to our healing journey.
For over 15 years I have been engaged in meditation practice; this contemplative approach is woven through my work and informs the day-long retreats and workshops that I regularly run.
As a foster carer I am trained and have experience of working with matters around attachment, loss and healing.
My work is carried out within the ethical framework of UKCP. I am CRB checked and my therapy practice is fully insured and supervised.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
For individuals I have a sliding scale of charges between £47 - £55 for a 60 minute session. For couples the sliding scale is between £52 - £58.
At times some concessionary places are available.
As human beings we are part of the rest of nature. In my work, when it is appropriate, it can be possible for some of our work to take place outside. If this were to happen we would discuss this in advance. For some people feeling the earth under the feet and experiencing the natural cycles of nature reflected in our own lives can be deeply supportive and transformative.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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