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About me

I am an experienced and accredited counsellor working at the Banbury Therapy Centre. Whatever brings you to counselling I offer a safe, non-judgmental and confidential place for you to explore what is going on for you. My aim would be for us to develop a trusting relationship in which you feel respected and heard, and in which we are both able to be open and honest. This way of working together helps you to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences; develop awareness and new perspectives; and find your way forward.

I am a warm and attentive listener. My main way of working is person-centred, and I use aspects of other therapeutic ways of working when helpful, including Transactional Analysis, CBT, Gestalt and psychodynamic approaches.

I am a fully qualified counsellor and an and Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working in accordance with BACP ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with a range of clients and issues within: my practice at Banbury Therapy Centre; a bereavement service; Employee Assistance Programmes; and a university counselling service. I have worked with clients experiencing: anxiety; depression; grief and loss; health issues; stress; abuse; trauma; transitions and life-changes; low self-esteem; identity issues; academic or work challenges; relationship issues; family problems; and spiritual issues.

I am a fully qualified counsellor and an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Also I have several years experience teaching counselling students. I have BA (Hons.); FDSc Counselling; and Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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.

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Additional information

My fee is £50 per 50 minute session. A concessionary rate may be available depending on income. Please feel welcome to telephone or email me to discuss this.

I work at Banbury Therapy Centre on Tuesdays and Fridays 9am-1pm, but may be able to offer sessions at other times if requested.


Tuesdays 9am-1pm. Fridays 9am-1pm. Other times may be possible on request. Please telephone me to arrange a convenient appointment.

Further information

Sessions are held in a comfortable, private room in the BanburyTherapy Centre. The Centre has its own free car park situated to the rear of the building, access is via Old Parr Road. Additional paid parking is available a short walk away in Banbury town centre. Banbury Train Station is also a short walk away.

Banbury Therapy Centre
69 Oxford Road
OX16 9AJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I can offer sessions online. Wheelchair access at the Centre is limited but a temporary ramp and downstairs room can be requested.

Catherine Cour-Palais

Catherine Cour-Palais