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Donna Wilson - UKCP Accredited & MBACP Registered Adult Psychotherapist

Oxfordshire OX3 & Buckinghamshire HP18
Registered / Accredited

About me

Whatever your struggle, I offer a safe therapeutic relationship which allows you the freedom to explore difficult feelings and issues. My approach is one of support and challenge from which I aim to facilitate a deeper understanding of your process which can ultimately lead to lasting change. Crucially, I bring to the process my own experience of healing through therapy which enables me to be wholeheartedly beside you as you embark on yours.

About therapy

Your reason for seeking therapy is unique to you. It may be that you are suffering from anxiety, depression or unhealthy patterns of relating. The reason might be less obvious but ultimately what brings anyone to therapy is the sense that life feels difficult in some way.   I draw on my training from the Humanistic school of psychotherapy which is an optimistic and empowering philosophy grounded in the belief that we each have within us the capacity to change our experience. This transformative philosophy underpins my work, allowing opportunity for healing, self-discovery and growth.

The pace and duration of therapy varies depending on you and the issues you choose to bring. I offer both 'Counselling' and 'Psychotherapy'.   Counselling is usually short to mid-term with a focus on a specific area of your life where it is likely you have identified a desired outcome.   Psychotherapy demands a deeper exploration of personality and established patterns of relating, which are often rooted in childhood and/or trauma and therefore the work in usually longer-term.

I also offer single-session therapy (SST) where ideally you have identified a specific issue on which to focus for a one single session, usually lasting 90 minutes. For some people this brief encounter is extremely therapeutic and can help to clarify what is needed to move forward in life.   Alternatively, SST can serve as an introduction to a longer piece of work.

What to expect

As you begin your search, it may be helpful to know that whatever the skill set or experience of the therapist, there is overwhelming evidence to show that the key to good therapeutic outcome rests not only in your desire for change but also in the quality of the therapeutic relationship that is, between you and I. The therapeutic relationship will have elements to it which reflect other, earlier relationships you have had in your life, enabling us to work through any unfinished 'relational' business. Therapy can also evoke a range of emotions, which are sometimes uncomfortable and it is vital therefore that you feel safe with me and we are able to build a good 'new' relationship based on mutual respect and trust.

Our first meeting is an opportunity to get a sense of each other and how we might work together to bring about the changes you are hoping for.

Under normal circumstances my practice is accessible to those living in both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. However, under Covid-19 restrictions I am working entirely online and therefore I am within easy reach of anyone in the UK.

Experience

Alongside Adult Psychotherapy, I am an experienced Student Counsellor and work with students (18+) from Oxford Brookes University and The University of Oxford.

Some of the areas I work with are:

Anxiety including General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), health anxiety, separation anxiety & panic attacks
Attachment issues
Depression
Loneliness/Isolation
Relationship issues
Shame
Family issues
Parenting issues
Sexuality
Identity issues
Personal growth
Self esteem
Trauma
Bereavement
Eating Disorders
Addiction

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold both a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute, London. I am a registered member of BACP and UKCP Accredited which means that I adhere to the requisite ethical standards of those governing bodies and Supplementary Guidance for Working Online (BACP).

Alongside private practice I have worked within local charitable organisations for several years. This reflects my commitment to provide therapeutic support to those who may not ordinarily have access to psychological services.

My interest lies in attachment and the enduring impact of broken attachments in adulthood. I have experience of working with complex and co-morbid eating disorders and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Regular professional supervision and continuing professional development (CPD) form an integral part of my practice.

I offer training therapy to student counsellors and psychotherapists.

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.

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

UK Council for 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.

Therapies offered

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Additional information

I charge £60 per regular session and £90 for a single session of 90 minutes.

Typically you will pay weekly, although other arrangements are possible.

Availability

Monday - Thursday

Some evening availability.

I am currently working online only.

Oxfordshire
OX3

Buckinghamshire
HP18

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
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.

Donna Wilson - UKCP Accredited & MBACP Registered Adult Psychotherapist

Donna Wilson - UKCP Accredited & MBACP Registered Adult Psychotherapist