Santha Payne BA, BACP Accredited.

Santha Payne BA, BACP Accredited.

OX16 5BY


07956 957391

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OX16 5BY


07956 957391

About me

I have worked successfully with individuals who suffer from anxiety since 2000. This may manifest in the form of panic attacks or Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I work with people to learn to recognise their triggers and how to manage high and disturbing levels of anxiety in order for them to return the control in their life and to feel calm and happy once more within themselves. I have many clients sent specifically to me with this issue from major healthcare providers such as AXA PP Helathcare and BUPA. I offer different strategies and interventions according to the individual's needs which ranges from cognitive forms of therapy to more humanistic and experiential including mindfulness and body awareness.

I also have substantial experience of working with Depression and Relationship Breakdown. I support individuals going through divorce and relationship breakups which may include elements of domestic violence or emotional abuse. I have worked with many women to support them through the exploration of the impact such relationships have had on their emotional wellbeing and their children. I aim to empower women to return to their lives feeling confident and in control of their lives and allow them to move past feeling ashamed or traumatised about often difficult to speak about issues brought about within an abusive relationship.

The therapy I provide offers individuals a chance to explore the long term effects and causes of their depression and we work together within a framework to manage depressive episodes and to limit the impact upon their daily functioning - to the point of becoming anti depressant free. This is by no means quick work and there is no time limit for each individual or expectation of change by a certain point.

In my practise I aim to provide a warm and ethically informed way of working which promotes clients' best selves to emerge and facilitate personal development and happiness which often has eluded them for long periods of time after becoming entrapped in a difficult or abusive situation. I believe change is possible and that everyone can have a different future if they are prepared to spend time considering compassionately what has happened to them and understanding the choices they made at the time came from a place of doing one's best to survive. As adults we have the ability to change our future. As children we may have found ourselves without a voice. This can lead to becoming a depressd or anxious about making choices or picking people who damage us. I work with individuals to find a different way forward.

I offer a slidling scale scale for those on fixed or limited incomes and have appointments available in Oxford and Banbury.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons 1991

Diploma in Person Centered Therapy 2000

Post Gratuate Diploma in Person Centred Psychotherapy 2017

1st year Msc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy -Metanoia Institute - 2002.

Private practise in Banbury and Oxford.

Lead Counsellor at HMP Downview Prison.

I am a Clinical Supervisor to other counsellors in various settings.

I trained as a Supervisor in the Person Centred Approach at the Metanoia Institute - 2010. I have completed further Level 4 Supervision certificate training in 2017 and am happy to work with both students and experienced therapists

I work for the following private healthcare companies as an affiliated therapist

Bupa - AXA PP Healthcare - Insight Healthcare

Couples Counselling Training 2016.

BACP Accreditation current 2017.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer Equine Involvement Therapy With my four horses to client's who need support with anxiety, depression and trauma recovery. The sessions are slightly longer over an hour and a half as this seems to have been experienced as more beneficial by the client. Here's what a client shared about her sessions:

"There is something so magic about the horse that few of us can ignore. They are rich in mythology and a symbolic icon embedded in many societies including our own. Being in the presence of a horse evokes some sort of emotion in us all. They are extraordinary creatures and their benefits in therapy reaches beyond those of traditional techniques.

I have had nearly a lifetime of mental health therapy, but in my equine therapy I had the opportunity to engage with these horses and it resulted in wonderful beneficial effects for myself from having positive interactions with these beautiful animals. Their power, fearfulness and non-judgemental reaction to humans means they take you as you are. They react to you without prejudice or criticism and you build a bond based on mutual trust and respect. Horses mirror your mood and behaviour, understand your non-verbal communication and allow you to gradually learn and develop about relationships, leaving you with greater confidence and self-esteem. Horses have an extraordinary healing power which you take with you every time you leave."


My fees per session are £60
Couple rate £70

I offer a sliding scale and discounted rates for those on limited or fixed incomes.

Further information

I work with young people around the following areas:

  • Cyber Bullying
  • Rape Recovery
  • Self esteem and confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Depression
  • Self Harm
  • Substance Misuse
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Academic pressure
  • Relationships within the family

I have 15 years of experience of working with young people in a variety of settings including Young Offender Institutes and Children's Homes within the Looked After System. I also work with young people from varying backgrounds in private practise where issues such as social anxiety and bullying are now causing young people as much difficulty as worries about self image or academic pressure from school. I work with individuals to help navigate the new and demanding pressures they face as young people in the cyber age with all this entails in terms of image and social expectation and accessibility from smart devices. This generation of young people now face greater social pressures than previous ones and are witness to and deluged by images and invitations to join the very adult world often at a daunting rate. I work with young people to assist and support them in managing their stress levels and how to navigate through this very different cyber landscape.

I also offer therapy with horses using an Equine Experiential model to support individuals with anxiety and trauma or those who have lost commence after an abusive relationship. For further information please email me.

Maps & Directions

Banbury, OX16 5BY
Oxford, OX4 2JY

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have both day and evening appointments available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer Person Centered supervision from Oxford and from my home in Banbury.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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