Makiko Ohhara

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DipHE. MBACP (Accred)
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Epsom KT17 & Banstead SM7
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel lost and not sure what to do?

I am a dedicated and empathetic therapist committed to supporting individuals on their journey towards mental and emotional well-being. In my practice, I specialise in addressing a range of concerns, including anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, PTSD, depression, and issues related to sexuality.

 Area of Expertise:
1.     Anxiety
Living with anxiety can be overwhelming, affecting various aspects of your life. Together, we will explore the root causes and develop effective coping strategies to manage and alleviate anxiety symptoms. My goal is to empower you to regain control and create a life filled with resilience and peace.
2.     Low Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem can hinder personal growth and happiness. Through a collaborative and compassionate approach, we will work towards enhancing your self-worth and self-acceptance. I am dedicated to providing a supportive environment where you can explore and challenge negative self-perceptions.
3.     Trauma and PTSD
Experiencing trauma can leave lasting impacts on one's mental health. I am experienced in helping individuals navigate through the aftermath of traumatic events. Together, we will process and heal, fostering resilience and reclaiming a sense of safety.
4.     Depression
If you are grappling with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or lack of interest in life, I am here to support you. We will work collaboratively to identify the underlying causes of your depression and develop personalised strategies to lift your mood and improve overall well-being. Together, we'll work towards creating a path for lasting positive change.
5.     Loss and Bereavement
Grieving the loss of a loved one is a unique and challenging journey. I offer a compassionate and empathetic space for you to navigate through the stages of grief. Together, we'll honour your feelings, memories, and find ways to cope with the profound impact of loss on your life.
6.     Sexuality
Issues related to sexuality can be sensitive and complex. Whether you're exploring your sexual identity, facing challenges in relationships, or dealing with intimacy concerns, I provide a non-judgmental environment for you to express yourself freely. Let's work together to explore and understand your unique journey. I am here to offer guidance and understanding.

Embarking on a therapeutic journey takes courage and I am here to support you every step of the way. If you're ready to explore the path to healing and self-discovery, please reach out to schedule a session. Your well-being is my priority, and I look forward to being a companion on your journey toward a more fulfilling life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am fluent in English and Japanese


Diploma HE in Psychodynamic Counselling 

Ascentis Bereavement Support accredited

The Foundation for Infant Loss Training Course in
Baby Safety including Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome


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

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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

Other areas of counselling I deal with


I can offer counselling in Japanese too. 

Therapies offered


£60.00 - £80.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Epsom, Surrey, KT17

Surrey Therapy Practice, Castle House, Park Road, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3BT

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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