Ben Whitaker BACP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor
I see clients online, and if preferred will see clients in person when it is safe to do so. It may be that you are feeling anxious or depressed or have a general feeling of dissatisfaction making life difficult to manage. Your feelings and thoughts can be explored in the safety and containment of counselling and psychotherapy.
What is Counselling
Counselling gives you the opportunity for shared exploration of your issues in a safe and confidential environment. The aim is to enable you to make your own choices rather than to give you advice. At its best counselling can be a way of coming to healing, wholeness and self knowledge. I make no promises on this, but aim to provide the best possible setting for such change to take place.
I am a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor with many years experience wortking with individuals both in counselling centres and in private practice. I am qualified in Integrative Psychotherapy which enables me to work with many kinds of emotional difficulties.
I have particular experience of working with depression, anxiety and stress.
What is the next step?
To book an initial session or a free phone consultation call me on 07939 225766. If I am unable to answer leave a message or send me a text letting me know what times it would be convenient for me to call you back. Alternatively email me using the button on this page. I will then contact you as soon as I can.
In the first session we would explore what brings you to seek counselling and discuss the best sway forward for you. After that the counselling sessions would normally be once a week and last for 50 minutes.
For further details about me and my work please visit by website, see above for link.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling from Oxford Brookes University.
R.S.H. Certificate in Counselling from Salisbury College.
M.A. And Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy from The Minster Centre and Middlesex University.
Certificate in the Principles of the Theory and Practice of Supervision from Metanoia Institute
I am accredited to and registered with BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Practice of BACP.
I first qualified as a counselor in 1997 and went on to train as a Psychotherapist and Supervisor of other therapists. As well as working ion private practice I have experience of work as a counselor in a variety of other contexts including hospitals and prisons. I have also worked for MIND.
I am a member of Oxford Psychotherapy Society
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cross Cultural Issues
Sessions normally take place once a week and last for 50 minutes. I charge £55 per session; this fee may be negotiable depending on circumstances.
I see clients online. I will also see clients in person when it is safe to do so. I work on Monday evenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays. See my website above.
At the moment I an only seeing clients online. For those who would prefer to meet ‘in person’ when it is safe to do so:
There is free parking outside of my counselling rooms off Iffley Road, Oxford. I am also within easy walking distance of a main bus route from the centre of the city.
There is also free parking 10 minutes from my other counselling room at 9 Park End Street. This room is close to Oxford Station and within walking distance to the centre of the city.
To make an appointment, or just to have an exploratory chat, please call me on 07939 225766. Please do not be put off if you get an answerphone: leave your name and number and I will ring you back as soon as possible. Please let me know if you would rather I didn't leave a message on your phone. As an alternative please email me using the link above.