About me

We all have times when we feel stuck and want to talk to someone but sometimes it’s too personal or too difficult to talk to family or friends.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, and it can take courage to want to change in some way and admit to yourself that maybe you can’t do it on your own. I will listen to you empathically and supportively, without judgement and in a confidential environment. 

My approach is based on the understanding that significant events and relationships in our early life experiences can influence the way we feel and behave in the present. 

By exploring your emotions together I will help you understand and overcome any complicated feelings you may have about yourself or other significant people, or anything you may feel is holding you back from living a happy and fulfilled life.

If you’re interested in how I can help, please get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fluent in English and Japanese


Diploma HE in Psychodynamic Counselling with Distinction

Ascentis Bereavement Support accredited


Honorary therapist at Albany Trust (a specialist counselling and psychotherapy charity, focusing on a positive approach to sexuality and relationships)

Bereavement support at Cruse Bereavement Care.


Member organisations


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


I can offer counselling in Japanese too. 

Therapies offered


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Due to COVID-19, all sessions are currently offered online or telephone.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages


Makiko Ohhara

Makiko Ohhara