Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 1st February 2022

About me

Hello, I'm Flora. I am currently interested in hearing from clients who are looking for long-term, in-depth psychotherapy, with an understanding of spirituality as a personal journey into the nature of suffering. You don't have to be religious, or follow any particular religion. I think of spirituality as a path of self-development. I work with mindfulness to explore your current state of being, in mind, body and spirit. 

I've managed a successful private practice for 13 years, and have also worked as a Student Counsellor in two universities. Many clients come with issues from the past, which are limiting their enjoyment of life in the present.

At our first meeting, I ask questions about your life, your hopes and your aims for coming to therapy. This is also an opportunity for you to ask me questions and find out if I am the right therapist for you. We then make a contract to meet weekly for an initial period e.g. 6 sessions before reviewing our work together and deciding how we continue.

I am also a qualified clinical supervisor, if you are a counsellor or psychotherapist looking for supervision. I am on the UKCP's Professional Register for Supervisors and can work with trainees on any professional course within the helping professions. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Flora Winchester MA, UKCP (Accred.)

I hold a Masters Degree in Core Process 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 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.

I gained my first degree in English Literature (BA Honours) at the University of Sussex.

For me, meditation and mindfulness practice have been crucial in creating a sense of well-being and inner strength.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP
  • Vitality

Additional information

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 charge a fee for the initial meeting. Please contact me for details of fees. 

I offer two places for concessions, mainly for students, trainee counsellors or psychotherapists. 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.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I see clients mainly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

I have space for supervisees on Tuesdays. 

Further information

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:

Islip
Oxfordshire
OX5

2A South Parade
Oxford
OX2

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
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.

In Islip, the bathroom is upstairs and therefore not accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

Additional languages

French
Spanish

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer clinical supervision to individuals and groups working in the caring professions. I am on the UKCP Register and can work with trainees.

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