About me

I am a qualified therapeutic counsellor with a strong belief that it is the power of connection and relationship that can be the greatest source of support when things feel difficult. This belief informs my practice in a way that allows for a focus on the therapeutic relationship, and placing your needs at the heart of the work together. Alongside this I am able to support with coping strategies, managing and understanding emotional and behavioural responses as well as helping to make sense of what may be going on underneath the surface.

With an increased focus on mental health in society, I aim to offer a space that feels safe, confidential, accepting and free of judgement, in the hope that therapy will feel as accessible and inclusive as possible.

I have a huge passion for sport and for supporting people with processing the emotional impact that can come from injury, loss of form, loss of identity, pressure to perform and having to give up the sport someone loves altogether. It can often be this element of support that is missing and yet it can be the base from which recovery can build.

My working life previous to counselling was in the corporate environment, which has given me a real understanding of the pressure that comes with striving to succeed and the emotional distress it can cause in someones personal and professional life.

I work in private practice in Thame, within a comfortable air-conditioned room which is big enough to adhere to COVID regulations and social distancing where I can offer face to face sessions as well as online sessions from this secure space through Zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CAPCB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CAPCB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPD in Conducting Online Therapy Sessions that Deliver Results
  • CPD in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Enhanced DBS checked

I currently work with a charity as a counsellor for young people aged 13-25 as well as working with sportsmen and women through the charity Sporting Chance.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Social Pressures
  • Sports Related Issues
  • Loss of Identity, Meaning or Purpose

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I can offer an initial free 20 minute phone conversation to find out a bit about what has brought you to therapy and there we can negotiate a time and frequency that would work for our sessions. 

I offer a limited number of concession rate sessions which we can discuss in the initial phone call 

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None
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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Chris Meddes

Chris Meddes