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About me

I offer a safe space for you to talk about things which are concerning you. I will help you explore different ways of looking at things, with empathy and compassion. My clients often comment that one of the things they've found most helpful, is having a non-judgemental space to talk about things.

Thinking about starting counselling can feel different for different people. Some people really want to get started, some feel nervous and some are on the fence about whether counselling is for them at this time. You might find it helpful to try out one session with me to see how it goes, before you decide whether or not to continue.

My experience

I have studied counselling up to master's level.

I have experience working with many topics including work stress, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, self-harm and relationship difficulties.

I am happy to work with adults of all ages, and have experience with all ages, especially with 18-35 year olds.

What you can expect

If you contact me, I would aim to get back to you within two working days. If you have any questions, I'd do my best to answer them, and then we could arrange a time that suited us both, for a counselling session.

Due to CV19, I am currently working through Skype, Zoom or phone-calls, so I would ask you which of those you would prefer.

Our first session together would be about us finding out more about each other, so we could check that we're a good fit. After that, I'd ask you to go away and think about whether you wanted to work with me, and to let me know in the next few days. This is because I wouldn't want you to feel any pressure to agree to work with me, as it's important you find a counsellor who is the right fit for you.

If you do decide you want to work with me, and I feel I can offer the sort of support you need, then we'd both commit to work together regularly. I have found that counselling works well if we speak at the same time every week, for 50 mins, but this is not set in stone, if something else would work better for you. I would listen to your concerns, and help you to explore different ways of thinking about them. I might also suggest different things you could try, but it would always be your choice to say yes or no, and I would never judge you or take offence if you chose not to try any of my suggestions.

If the situation with CV19 changes, I might ask you if you want to try meeting face to face, but if you prefer to continue working online or by phone, that's also fine.

We would continue the counselling for as long as you felt you wanted to. 

Only pay what you can afford

I believe that money shouldn't prevent anyone from accessing counselling, so I offer reduced fees in many circumstances.  See below for details.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Degree in Psychology (completed)
  • Master's Degree in Counselling (completed)
  • Post-graduate certificate in CBT (working towards)

I am registered with the BACP

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & 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

Hoarding

Insomnia

Perfectionism

Phobias

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I would usually charge £30 per session, but I believe that money shouldn't prevent anyone from accessing counselling, so I offer reduced fees in many circumstances (see below).

Availability

My primary availability is on Wednesday evenings and on Thursdays during the day. Other appointments may become available, so it's always worth asking.

Further information

I don't believe cost should prevent anyone from having counselling, so if you are unemployed, on a low income, an OAP or someone who qualifies for student rates, I'm happy to work with you for just £10 per session.

During this difficult time, I'm also happy to extend this discount to key workers.

If you feel unable to afford the £30 for any other reason, do get in touch, and we can talk about a lower fee.

Witney
Oxfordshire
OX28

Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

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.

Hannah Ellis MSc

Hannah Ellis MSc