Dr Annabel McGoldrick EMDR Consultant
I am calm, compassionate, confidential and kind. But more importantly you need to find someone you feel safe with. I specialise in EMDR a scientifically tested trauma therapy that is also effective for treating anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours and phobias. My skills, training and experience have been awarded accredited status by the professional bodies.
- A fully Accredited EMDR Consultant;
- Former senior family therapist in a leading treatment centre;
- Consulting room within easy level walk of Oxford rail station;
- Off road free parking;
- Treatments tailored to your needs and feedback;
For individuals I specialise in treating all kinds of trauma using the scientifically proven technique EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). (For more click on my website). Over 300 studies have been published showing EMDR to be effective for treating depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions, body dysmorphia and other mental health issues.
After EMDR one person I worked with recovered fully from the trauma of being caught in the Paris terrorist attacks:
"I can't explain it, but somehow that night (after EMDR) (the attacks) became less scary and less real, until eventually it became something that just happened a long time a go. I could go to sleep and not be scared of being shot. I went to visit my old neighbour and my flat, and it felt like somewhere I used to live, but with no negative feelings attached to it."
Another former client benefited from EMDR for her flying phobia:
"Thank you for helping me conquer my fear of flying (I actually laughed out loud on a plane!), become a better parent and for helping me move forward rather than being stuck in the past. Every time I left your house I felt lighter and I am not missing my imaginary backpack."
As an EMDR Consultant my skills and expertise are tested as senior enough to supervise other EMDR therapists.
For couples and families I draw on my extensive experience as a senior family therapist facilitating family reconciliations in a leading treatment centre in Australia. I teach healthy communication as a means to dialogue about critical issues in family relationships.
After one of my workshops a son wrote: "I am excited about continuing this form of healthy communication with my Dad. These emotions and the connection has been so honest. I feel great."
Other family members commented:
"The way you focused the group and displayed such openness, empathy and patience was extraordinary. You offered us a life changing experience and delivered it with a sense of exploration and a dash of adventure."
"You have been wonderful the past week and you have given me and my family a priceless gift.”
I believe in an individual therapy for an individual client.
I offer short-term, goal-focused therapy or in a small number of cases a longer-term therapy is recommended.
I don't have 'a one size fits all approach' but draw from my expansive toolkit to tap into what you need personally, right here and right now.
It's all about you and where you want to go, and that might mean working with your partner, your whole family or just yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have almost 20 years experience of teaching, training and facilitating change. My extensive experience is recognised with the Accredited status of EMDR Consultant as a BACP Accredited therapist.
I work part-time at Charter Harley Street, a leading addiction treatment centre. Previously I worked in one of Australia's leading treatment centres, South Pacific Private, as a senior family therapist. A former client said: "the hospital is lucky to have you", another said "you are the best" and "you are an inspiring teacher"; "it is an amazing experience to watch you guide others and be guided by you."
I am also a part time lecturer at the University of Sydney.
- PhD, University of Sydney
- MA, Transpersonal Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Diploma, Counselling & Psychotherapy
- MBACP (Accred) 749581
- Accredited EMDR Consultant
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
More on couples and family work that I offer:
Many of us feel trapped in dysfunctional relationships with partners, parents, children and siblings.
It is not about a lack of love usually - or even a lack of good will - but a lack of skill. Plus an accumulation of baggage that has built a brick wall of resentment in relationships.
To help remove that brick wall I will teach healthy communication techniques like Non-violent Communication to open dialogues with your loved ones. Replaying the rows in the therapy room simply does not work.
It means you finally get the chance to say what has never been said before and restore the love in your relationship or find the courage to forge an amicable parting of the ways.
For a deep loving, conscious long term relationship, there’s Imago Therapy to help couples unravel their triggers and express their needs and heartfelt desires. Attending one of my week-long family workshops, a client wrote: "I've done loads of management training and you've been the best", while another said "this has been the best week of my life".
I create a safe and nurturing environment for you to build healthy, loving relationships.
One former client wrote: "You have a wonderful ability to hold up to the person what they are doing and how they are being without causing injury so that awareness can come. It was a very healing week for me and I have a deep appreciation for my time at SPPH.”
Experience has shown me that a longer session of 90 minutes is required for effective family and couples therapy. This is to ensure that each person has a chance to speak; that there is time to spend on skills coaching, and that everyone is settled and contained before leaving the session.
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I offer a sliding scale of fees based on treatment type & time of day. If you have any questions I would be happy to discuss them before making an appointment. Just call me on 07462 674351 and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I offer some low cost therapy slots but currently have a waiting list, please let me know if you want me to put you on the list. I am a BUPA recognised practitioner.
More about psychotherapy and how it works:
Great life changes frequently unfold through the power of the therapeutic relationship. It is about you as an individual being seen, as you truly are, for the first time.
I work in an integrative way, using a variety of techniques that begin with being fully present in the moment - tapping into feelings that we can spend our lives trying to avoid.
Some of the changes come from understanding early life traumas; how our psyche is shaped through toxic shame and early abandonment.
But talking therapies don’t always reach trauma: those deeply painful experiences that can remain locked away inside, as if trapped in their own separate envelope of pain - seemingly separate from other positive life experiences. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) is a scientifically proven technique to reach such deep-seated trauma (see my website for a fuller explanation). My 11 years' EMDR experience have been awarded Consultant status with the EMDR Association of Australia (http://emdraa.org), this means I'm qualified to supervise other EMDR therapists.
Other changes come from challenging thought patterns that make us depressed and anxious.
It may mean delving into obsessions and addictions that have remained hidden for years, like drinking, drugs, food or a dependency on a person or a behaviour, such as overworking.
I work creatively and spiritually to support each person’s journey, sometimes by exploring dreams, art work, music, visualisations and body work.
But no one person is an island - often difficulties arise from the dynamics of different relationships whether it be with a partner, a parent, a child or a work colleague. Change may come from looking at your relationships and perhaps working towards bringing them along to sessions (see www.annabelmcgoldrick.com for more).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday - Friday with some evening availability on request
Types of client