Graham McDonald

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Dip.Couns, MBACP Individual and Couple Counselling
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

When life feels difficult for you and it's starting to affect your day-to-day living, then perhaps it's a good time to  get some support from a counsellor, rather than allow the situation to get bigger. I'm an experienced integrative counsellor, and by talking with me I can help you to fully understand what is going on for you at the moment and help you find different ways to deal with your issues. 

Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Or frustrated, angry or scared? Are you finding that your mind is going so fast you feel overwhelmed at times? Can’t stay still for a minute? Do you find that sometimes your decisions don’t work as well as you’d like, or you feel stuck in a situation? Do you have challenges in your relationships?

My aim as a counsellor is to be able to get a feeling of what it's like being you, to understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and also to support you by helping you to cope better. I will be looking out for repeated patterns of actions or behaviours, and seeking out coping mechanisms that are outdated, as a lot of these would have been set in childhood and growing up. We will work together to make changes, so any difficulties in your life are easier to cope with, and life feels more positive.

I'm not going to judge you or be shocked by what you tell me, but I will be supportive and caring and at your side when you talk about any difficult issues in your life, which may be about yourself or others, past or present. 

I have had feedback from past clients telling me that before coming to counselling they were sceptical about whether counselling would work, and after they’ve completed their therapy feeling that it had a positive effect on their lives.

My counselling practice is based in Milcombe, which is 10 minutes from Banbury, Oxfordshire, and I work with individuals and couples aged 18 and over.

If you would like to know more, or if you would like to book an initial consultation, please feel free to contact me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling provided by Meridian.

As part of my ongoing professional development, I have also undertaken the following CPD courses:

  • Anger Management

  • Racial and Cultural Differences

  • Feelings

  • Depression

  • Working with Loss and Grief

  • Working Creatively

  • Understanding Trauma

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Understanding Sexual Preoccupation

  • Couples Counselling

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individuals:

My fees based on a 50 minute counselling session are:

£55 weekdays (9am-6pm) evenings (6pm-9pm) 

Couples:

My fees based on a 60 minute counselling session are:

£65 weekdays (9am - 6pm) evenings (6pm - 9pm) Saturday (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

When I work

Daytime 9am-6pm and evening 6pm-9pm appointments available.

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework of good practice, maintaining a safe environment for my clients.

I continue to attend regular CPD courses in the field of counselling, which keeps me up to date in my practice.

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and have professional indemnity insurance.

My practice provides onsite parking.

Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme