Catriona Wellesley

Catriona Wellesley

30 Western Road

01865 423519

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About me

Do you need someone to talk to?  Are you anxious, depressed or needing support while making important life decisions or thinking about a personal or relationship problem? My aim is to offer a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space in which you and I can think together about whatever is troubling you.

I am a fully qualified, BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I work from a quiet, peaceful consulting room, ten minutes walk from Oxford City Centre and can offer either short-term face to face therapy or more long term, open-ended face to face therapy, depending upon what is most appropriate for your needs.

If you have not had counselling before, you may be uncertain what to expect and may have gained your impressions about what counselling is like from family and friends or from the media. In a first session, for which I do not charge and which carries no obligation, I would spend an hour with you and ask you to tell me about what is troubling you at the moment, as well as asking a few questions about your family history, your health, and your current way of life. We would seek to identify the problems you feel you would like help with and decide together whether we can work together. This first assessment session will be one hour long.  If we agree to proceed with counselling, we will fix a regular weekly (or twice weekly if appropriate) time for your sessions, which will be 50 minutes long. I charge £45 per session and you will be given a monthly invoice. I require 48 hours notice of cancellation or the fee will still be charged.

Some people, especially if they are working with a very specific problem, may find that a relatively short course of counselling is sufficient for their needs.  Others may find they need longer term support. I can offer either. Many people find that simply being able to talk about their difficulties with someone who can listen in a safe, non-judgemental, confidential way, is helpful even from the start in enabling them to feel supported but also in beginning to identify areas for growth and change.

Training, qualifications & experience

Between 2008 and 2012 I trained at Oxford University as a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist. I have a Diploma and MSt in Psychodynamic Practice. The psychodynamic approach to therapy acknowledges the importance of early life experience and of subconscious motivations. It is also very much a part of this approach to see the quality of the relationship between client and therapist as being at the heart of the healing process. I am also a qualified Cruse Bereavement counsellor and worked with Cruse, which is a national bereavement charity, as a counsellor from 2008-2018 and as a supervisor from 2015-2018. My training there was person centred, based on the approach of Carl Rogers, and emphasises the core values of unconditional positive regard, genuineness and empathy.

I have considerable experience in working with bereaved adults from many different walks of life.

I also work with young people. During my Oxford degree programme my training placement was in a Wantage secondary school where I worked with adolescents with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, family conflicts, issues around parental divorce, self-harm, relationship problems and eating disorders. I gained five years of clinical experience there and currently work as the School Counsellor in an Oxford preparatory school.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am committed to their code for ethical practice and to continuing training and professional development. I am fully insured and have regular supervision from a qualified and experienced supervisor.

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Accredited register membership


£45.00 per 50 minute session

Further information

A parking scheme operates in this street, but we are close to bus stops in the Abingdon Road and St Aldates. The nearest car park is in Oxpens Road. We are approximately 10 minutes walk from Oxford City Centre. There are some steps to my consulting room, so I am not able to offer disabled access.

Maps & Directions

Oxford, OX1 4LG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


Weekdays 8.30-6pm apart from Monday am and Tuesday am, Saturdays 8am-11am

Types of client

Young people
Older adults