About me

I am a qualified counsellor, coach and mediator with over 20 years experience and have a private practice in Abingdon, Oxfordshire

I offer short-term counselling for couples and individuals who have specific problems they want to deal with, or open-ended psychotherapy which may be more suitable for someone who has longer-term difficulties

I provide confidential counselling and a safe space for individuals and couples who are facing some difficulties or challenges, and who want to take time to explore current issues and options within a supportive and non judgemental environment. The range of issues I deal with is varied, including lack of confidence, depression, social anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, relationship difficulties, problems at work, redundancy, loss and bereavement.

Some issues arise from the past and if they are still affecting the client's life, they may wish to talk through and resolve. Some clients hope to make future changes and developments in their life and relationships and want to explore uncertainties and how to make the right decision.

I am experienced in working with men and women from diverse cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations and age groups on a wide range of issues. I work in different settings, including private practice, and accept referrals from GP surgeries, employers, schools and other organisations.

I believe the strength of the relationship developed between counsellor and client is the key factor in the value and effectiveness of the therapy. My practice is based on a person centred approach and I focus on building trust, empathy, respect. Clients set their own agenda, purpose and pace. And, I draw on approaches including gestalt, cognitive behavioural (CBT) and transactional analysis to raise awareness and bring insights.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Hons
Masters Business Administration
Fellow Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
Diploma in Counselling (Humanistic)
Certificate in Coaching (ICF)
Certificate in Mediation
Member of BPS
Member of BACP,

BACP registered

Member organisations


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I provide couples counselling
I offer coaching to people planning a change of direction in their work or career.
I offer mediation to support family, couples, neighbours or colleagues to resolve relationship problems or disputes at home or work.
I provide facilitation and development workshops for teams wanting to improve effectiveness and trust.
I offer coaching and mentoring to HR professionals and business leaders involved in programmes of organisational change.


Additional information

£50 for individuals, £60 for weekends and couples.
All sessions are for 60 minutes. Additional time is pro rated.
Fee concessions for fixed income clients


Available weekdays 10 am to 5 pm and most evenings 6.00 to 9.00 pm, and Saturday morning 10 am until 12.30 pm.

Further information

I have a practice in a private, secluded area. I undertake short and long term face to face work. However I am pleased to undertake home visits or telephone counselling and coaching for people with restricted mobility, young families, or living at a distance or abroad. If requested I will work at the location of other organisations.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Jane Balinski

Jane Balinski