Flora Winchester: Mindfulness-Based Counselling & Psychotherapy (UKCP Accred.)
I offer short- and long-term counselling and psychotherapy to 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 Core Process 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, eating disorders 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 on the UKCP's Professional Register for Supervisors.
Training, qualifications & experience
Flora Winchester MA, UKCP (Accred.), MBACP (Reg.)
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 BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the ACPP (Association of Core Process Psychotherapists).
I sit on the ACPP's Ethics, Equality & Diversity Committee.
I see clients privately and have also worked for several years as a student counsellor in Higher Education.
Before practising as a psychotherapist, I worked in a variety of large organisations, including the BBC, Oxfam 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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 abuse;
Separation/attachment issues; being childless or child-free; Dreams and archetypes
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.
My standard fee for a 60-minute session is £65 in Islip; £75 in Oxford. Other fees may be negotiated.
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.
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:
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some Spanish, French and Italian|
In Islip, the bathroom is upstairs and therefore not accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
Early morning, daytime and evening sessions available, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Types of client
Supervision & training