Lizzie Kelly (BACP Accredited)
Existing in the world is not always easy. It can result in you feeling misunderstood by others or feeling alone, even though there are lots of people around. Sometimes it means life is a struggle and you can end up feeling stuck, unable to move forward. Perhaps something doesn't feel quite right but you're not sure what it is. Relationships can be complicated and communication difficult. The past can keep troubling you or the future can seem anxiety-provoking or bleak. Traumatic events from the past can leave you feeling shattered and broken inside. Do you ever find yourself repeating the same mistakes and asking 'How have I ended up here again?'.
Whether you have been given a particular diagnosis from a GP/medical practitioner or have a general sense that something in your life is not working for you, I recognise that it's not always easy to be in the world and offer Counselling and Psychotherapy as a way of exploring whatever it is that you might be struggling with. My personal and professional experience lends itself to a strong belief in people and in the therapeutic process and what it can offer.
I have been working therapeutically both in private practice and charitable counselling organisations since 2009. My therapeutic work is also supported by over 12 years experience working with vulnerable adults, children, adolescents and families in the public and private sector as well as charities. This has included working in areas such as mental health, homelessness, education, substance misuse and housing and support for complex needs teenagers and unaccompanied asylum seekers in care. In my private practice I work with adults, couples and young people aged 16-17 years old.
I work creatively which means there is an opportunity to work in ways that suit you. For some people, talking therapy isn't always the answer. As well as talking through issues, my work can include the use of art, music, poetry or movement, for example, as a way to explore issues, if this is supportive for you.
Therapy can be either short-term, lasting just a few weeks, to long-term which can be for a couple of years. If you are not sure what you want, this is something we can discuss this together when we meet.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (2018)
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2009)
- Diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice (2016)
- Accredited Member BACP - Certificate Number 039850
I abide by the following Codes of Ethics:
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Metanoia Institute
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship issues
The first session is a 50 minute consultation that allows you and I to meet and get a sense of how we might work together. As the process of finding the right therapist is important and can be costly, I charge £20 for the initial consultation, unless you decide to continue therapy with me. If you do decide to continue therapy with me, the consultation will be charged at the same rate that we agree for ongoing sessions (between £50-£70).
If we decide to continue working together, we will agree a set time and day to meet each week and also agree an ongoing weekly fee (between £50-£70) for individual therapy and £75-£95 for couples. The fee is negotiable according to your financial situation. If you are a high-salary earner, there is the option to pay more and for this extra money to go towards funding low-cost places for those who cannot afford the full fee.
After this, we will meet weekly at the same time, for 50 minutes. This space will be yours each week until your therapy ends.
I also have some low-cost spaces available for people in financial difficulty. If you are interested in one of these spaces, please let me know on initial contact as these spaces are limited.
As I am located in the City Centre, I am accessible by bus from all areas of Oxfordshire. There is also meter parking on Beaumont Street and St Giles.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available for late evening appointments as well as day-time appointments. I do not work Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Types of client