James Macdonald

Headington Psychotherapy
110 Old Rd


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Headington Psychotherapy
110 Old Rd


About me

I am an experienced clinical psychologist, specialising in psychotherapy with adults. I work with people who suffer most common psychological difficulties, including depression, different forms of anxiety, and the legacy of childhood and adult trauma. I draw on a number of approaches depending on each person's needs and preferences, although a key element of my work involves paying mindful attention to your feelings. In general, I aim to help people transform emotional conflicts so that they can be aware of their emotions without feeling guilty, ashamed or anxious, and without having to resort to damaging ways of coping.

If you are interested in working with me, please email me with a brief outline of what you are looking for, I can usually get back to you within twenty four hours, or leave me a message on 07530194745 and I'll call back as soon as I can . If my approach seems suitable, I will then offer you an appointment within a few weeks of your enquiry. Either the first or second appointment will normally be a one and a half or two hour appointment, designed to give us an opportunity to go into some depth about the difficulties you are suffering and the context in which these difficulties have developed. As well as helping us to a shared psychological understanding of your difficulty, this should give you an idea about how I work, and a basis for deciding whether my approach fits and you would like further treatment. Typically, in my practice, clients will go on to have a course of between ten and fifty sessions of therapy. This can either be decided at the outset or negotiated as we go along.

A feature of my work is that I use a system for tracking your progress in therapy - it involves completing a very short form at the beginning and end of each session and then thinking together with me about what you have put. I do this because, as someone who is a keen follower of research on psychotherapy, I am aware of a considerable body of research suggesting that 'tracking' of this kind can enable clients and therapists to flag up and discuss any problems which could block progress in therapy - at the earliest opportunity. Research suggests that clients and therapists who 'track' their work in this way are more likely to have positive therapy outcomes.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Specialising in Psychotherapy (with Senior Practitioner Status). In addition to training as a clinical psychologist, I previously trained in Gestalt Therapy, and after completing my clinical psychology training I have completed a training in Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT, see www.iedta.net ). I did a PhD exploring the decisions of people referred for therapy to disclose or not to disclose painful emotional experiences. When training as a psychologist I did a further dissertation on the quality of the therapy relationship and how that related to people engaging with therapy (or not). The main focus of my work since qualifying has been on clinical practice, however, in recent years I have been involved in teaching and training, and I currently work part time as a trainer.

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I charge £100 per hour.

Further information

further information about my practice is available at www.headingtonpsychotherapy.co.uk

Maps & Directions

Oxford, OX3 8SX

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


evening and Saturday appointments available as well as normal working hours.

Types of client

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