Graham McDonald, Dip.Couns, MBACP Individual and Couple Counselling
People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Some to get understanding of long deep rooted issues, others to find clarity or direction in their lives. Some people come to counselling because life has become difficult to cope with.
When things get so difficult that it's starting to affect your day-to-day living, then perhaps it's a good time to seek the assistance of a counsellor, rather than allow the situation to get bigger.
I'm an experienced integrative counsellor and my counselling practice is based in Milcombe, which is 10 minutes from Banbury, Oxfordshire. As a therapist, I work with individuals, both with adults, and with young people and children over the age of 11.
I can offer you a safe confidential environment to be able to talk freely and in your own time about any issues that are affecting you. I'm not going to judge you or be shocked, 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. My aims as a counsellor are 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 in ways of helping you to cope better.
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:
Racial and Cultural Difference
Working With Young People
Working with Loss and Grief
Understanding Sexual Preoccupation
- Couples Counselling
As well as working in private practice, I have worked at Windsor and Maidenhead Counselling Services, counselling adults and young people.
I also work as a school counsellor in Windsor, Berkshire, where I am the lead counsellor working with pupils aged 11-16 years old, and 6th form pupils 16-18 years old.
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
My fees based on a 50 minute counselling session are:
£50 weekdays (9am-6pm) evenings (6pm-9pm) Saturday (9am-12.30pm)
My fees based on a 60 minute counselling session are:
£65 weekdays (9am - 6pm) evenings (6pm - 9pm) Saturday (12.30pm - 1.30pm)
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 and is in close vicinity to bus route 488.