Santha Payne BA, BACP Accredited.

Santha Payne BA, BACP Accredited.

Abbeville Road


07956 957391

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Abbeville Road


07956 957391

About me

I work with clients in a Person Centred, non directive way which allows the individual to explore their issue from their own unique perspective. We begin at the issue that brought the client in through the door and this exploration often reveals other underlying contributory factors. The work is open ended so clients decide how long they wish to stay. I offer clients empathy and warmth and a focus in their way of experiencing their world and their suffering rather than applying generic techniques to the therapy

I’ve found everyone is unique in the way they experience being in the world. Whilst some people have 5 or 6 sessions others stay for longer periods. There is no right answer as to how long it will take to feel different whilst in therapy. However, my experience is that you will feel different, even if it’s not in the way you expected

I have over 20 years experience and have completed higher level training after qualifying with my Diploma in Person Centred Therapy. I also have a Post Grad Diploma in Person Centerd Psychotherapy from The Metanoia Institute in London and am a recognised supervisor for their trainees and qualified therapists.

With experience of working with many different issues over this time, I have found great satisfaction in seeing clients process through their difficulties to a positive ending. I offer clients a safe, non judgmental place to work through their feelings with empathy and integrity. I work according to the BACP ethical framework and welcome feedback from clients.

Person Centred therapy has positive results when working with issues such as:

Anxiety, Depression, Divorce and Relationship breakdown, Emotional abuse within relationships, Couples Counselling, Domestic violence, Bereavement, Bordeline Personality Disorder, Young People, Panic Attack management and Stress.

Please contact me if your particular issue is not here and we can discuss how I may support you.

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 at The 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:

“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 £70
Couple rate £80

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 currently work within the Highfield Young People’s unit at the Wareneford Hospital in Oxford. 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

London, SW4 9JX
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


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have a variety of appointments available across the three locations.

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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