Flora Winchester: Mindfulness-based psychotherapy and supervision
I provide mindfulness-based psychotherapy & supervision in Islip, Oxfordshire.
I work with individuals facing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family issues, feeling sad, panic attacks, addiction(s), eating disorders, bereavement, illness and trauma. I take a particular interest in people affected by Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression. This could be sufferers, their carers, partners or families.
I also offer low-cost supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists, or anyone working in the caring professions. I am currently working towards inclusion in the UKCP's Professional Register for Supervisors.
I offer a FREE initial meeting (30-40 minutes). This is to get to know each other and see whether we could work together. Choosing a therapist or supervisor is important. As in any relationship, we need to be a good fit.
If you're feeling anxious, lonely, or depressed, talking therapy can help. Big changes, such as losing a job, ending a relationship, bereavement and loss, may need time to work through with a professional. Self-critical thoughts, or memories of things that have happened in the past, may be troubling you. You may find it hard to stop behaving in ways that are harmful to you or other people.
You don't have to cope alone. Psychotherapy can give you someone to talk to about anything you want; someone who will listen to how things are for you, without judgement, and support you in restoring your sense of wellbeing.
As we both listen and pay attention to your experience, you may discover ways in which things that happened in the past could be influencing how you feel and behave now. You may find that your feelings and emotions naturally start to change; that old patterns of behaviour gradually drop away, to be replaced by more positive ways of relating to yourself and other people. You may also find that you have a fuller sense of who you really are and greater confidence in your own clarity, creativity and kindness.
Training, qualifications & experience
Flora Winchester MA, UKCP (Accred.), MBACP (Reg.)
I hold a Masters Degree in Core Process Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute.
I am accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) in the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, and adhere to their ethical standards.
I am also a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association of Core Process Psychotherapists (ACPP).
I see clients privately and have also worked as a student counsellor in Higher Education.
Before practising as a psychotherapist, I worked in a variety of large organisations, including the BBC, Oxfam and the University of Oxford. I am very aware of the stresses that many of us face in our relationships, in our work, and through unemployment.
I gained my first degree in English Literature (BA Honours) at the University of Sussex.
For many years, I worked as a broadcast journalist. Having lived and worked abroad during that time, I cherish a particular interest in global issues and working with people from other cultures. I work with an awareness of the wider geopolitical situation, as we live through times of great political, security and economic uncertainty.
For me, meditation and mindfulness practice have been very important in creating a sense of well-being and inner strength.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Buddhism and meditation
LGBTQ and gender identity
'Empty nest' syndrome
Being a grandparent
Difficult or lonely childhoods
Creativity: Writer's or Artist's block
Blended or complex families
Step-parents and step-siblings
Childless or child-free
Dreams and archetypes
I offer a FREE initial meeting (30-40 minutes). This is to get to know each other and see whether we could work together. Choosing a therapist is important: as in any relationship, we need to be a good fit.
If we decide to go ahead with therapy, I charge £50 for a 60-minute session.
I also offer three places for concessions, which are reserved for people on a low income. Please do let me know if this would be helpful to you.
Whilst I am working towards inclusion in the UKCP's Professional Register for Supervisors, I can offer low-cost supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists, and anyone working in the caring professions. Please contact me for details.
Mindfulness has been defined as "a compassionate and non-judgemental awareness of the present moment" (Jon Kabat-Zinn). Mindfulness has proven effectiveness as a healing tool, and has been approved by NICE.
In therapy, it means paying attention to our experience - our thoughts, our emotions and the sensations in our bodies - with interest, kindness and without judgement.
I will work with you to cultivate more mindfulness in your life, and in our sessions.
For more information about mindfulness, here's a video:
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Spanish, French and some Italian|
Early morning, daytime and evening slots available. No weekends.
Types of client
Supervision & training