Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I am currently offering online and telephone sessions only. These are suitable for adults of all ages, and from all walks of life, who come with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, relationship issues and depression.
I was first attracted to psychotherapy as a young professional, over thirty years ago, having experienced the sudden death of a close friend. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that I needed someone to help me make sense of my feelings. It worked. Since then, psychotherapy has become integral to my life, helping me to understand myself and my relationships.
After several years of engaging in my own therapy, at various challenging times in my life, I trained in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute in Devon. This is a Humanistic and Integrative model, which combines the insights of the Buddhist tradition with Western psychotherapy, bringing attention to the relationship between body, speech and mind. It is a multi-layered form of psychotherapy, focusing on mindfulness in relationship. It can be used with a wide range of people, in many kinds of situations, and in all stages of life.
I invite you to an initial interview, giving you the opportunity to meet me in person, ask questions, and decide whether you feel comfortable working with me. If we agree to work together, we then meet once a week for a one-hour session. I ask for a commitment to the first six sessions, before deciding whether to continue. We work at your pace, exploring whatever thoughts, feelings and sensations arise. Sometimes, this can involve working with art, dream material or writing. Together, we find out how you can understand and express more of yourself and live in a more fulfilling and meaningful way.
People come to me with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues, and addictions. I take a particular interest in people affected by Bipolar Disorder. This could be sufferers, their carers, partners or families. I co-facilitate the Oxford support group of Bipolar UK.
I also offer supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists, or anyone working in the helping professions. I am working towards inclusion on the UKCP's Professional Register for Supervisors.
Training, qualifications & experience
Flora Winchester MA, UKCP (Accred.)
I hold a Masters Degree in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy from the Karuna Institute and Middlesex University.
I am accredited by the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) in the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, and adhere to their ethical standards.
I am also a registered member of the ACPP (Association of Core Process Psychotherapists). I sit on the ACPP's Ethics, Equality & Diversity Committee.
I have run a successful private practice for 12 years. I have also worked as a student counsellor in two universities.
Before practising as a psychotherapist, I worked in a number
of large organisations, including the BBC and the University of Oxford. I am very aware of the stresses that many of us face in our relationships, in our work, and through unemployment.
I gained my first degree in English Literature (BA Honours) at the University of Sussex.
I have a background in arts and media, and worked for many years as a broadcast journalist. Having lived and worked abroad during that time, I cherish a particular interest in global issues and working with people from other cultures. I work with a keen awareness of the wider geopolitical situation, as we live through times of great political and economic uncertainty.
For me, meditation and mindfulness practice have been crucial in creating a sense of well-being and inner strength.
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.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Spiritual mentoring; meditation; 12-step recovery; LGBTQI identity; Menopause; Difficult or lonely childhoods; Creativity and feeling 'stuck'; 'Blended' or complex families; Sibling dynamics; step families;
Separation/attachment issues; childless or child-free; Dreams and archetypes
From £65.00 to £85.00
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Choosing a therapist is important: as in any relationship, we need to be a good enough fit. I would be happy to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your needs and any questions you might have.
I offer two places for concessions, which are reserved for people on a low income. Please do let me know if this would be helpful to you.
I also offer clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists, and anyone working in the caring professions. I work with individuals and groups. Please contact me for details.
Online sessions available.
Afternoon sessions available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Mindfulness can be defined as "a compassionate and non-judgemental awareness of the present moment" (Jon Kabat-Zinn).
Mindfulness has proven effectiveness as a healing tool, and has been approved by NICE in the treatment of anxiety and depression, among other conditions.
In therapy, it means paying attention to our experience - our thoughts, our emotions and the sensations in our bodies - with interest, kindness and without judgement.
I will work with you to cultivate more mindfulness in your life, and in our sessions.
For more information about mindfulness, you may want to watch this video: