About me

I adapt my trauma therapy approach to each individual and it is always underpinned by an understanding of the importance of increasing safety, connection and awareness of present reality. For some people it's important to take things really slowly and gently, whereas others might feel more inclined to approach processing specific traumatic events more quickly. Many people are surprised (and relieved) to discover that trauma counselling doesn't necessarily depend on them retelling their story in any detail. There are other ways that we can work, the priority being to help people (and their nervous systems) adapt to the reality that the trauma is over and in the past, make sense of their experience, and discover how life can get easier (or even have the potential to be enjoyable!). If people do choose to work through individual events, then this is approached in a safe way designed to make it manageable and potentially empowering, rather than overwhelming.

At times, you might need someone to listen and just let you tell your story. At other times, you might need someone to be more directive and give you practical skills to help you navigate life and work with your emotions and thoughts. At another point, you might need someone to challenge your own view of life and help you find a better way of being and living in the world.

Each client is unique, I adapt therapy to the clients and not the client to the therapy. I integrate Eastern Buddhist philosophy and practice with the clinical traditions of modern Western psychology supported by cutting edge neuroscience, rooted in the belief that all people are granted the internal wisdom necessary to heal from pain.

Please see my website for more information.

I am based in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The EMDR Association UK.

I initially trained a a humanistic-integrative counsellor and have since undertaken further training in existential therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), somatic (body) psychotherapy and contemplative psychotherapy. I have a Diploma in Trauma Therapy and I am a qualified EMDR therapist.

My background is in healthcare, initially as a residential social worker and then as a nurse. In addition to being a qualified counsellor, I worked as a registered mental health nurse and I have over 30 years experience in mental health work in various settings including the NHS, private healthcare providers and prisons covering a wide range of issues. I offer individual, face-to-face sessions in the Oxfordshire area. I have experience with a broad range of clients and I am happy to work with any issue you may want to bring to therapy. I have a particular interest and specialist training in:

  • trauma
  • survivors of physical and/or sexual and/or emotional abuse
  • self-harm, suicidal thoughts
  • PTSD and Complex-PTSD
  • shame and self-criticism
  • lack of confidence and self-esteem
  • personality disorder
  • clients with complex needs

In my experience many people who have been told that they have a personality disorder or complex needs had traumatic experiences in early life.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Complex needs

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My fee is £50 for a 50 minute session. I can offer concessionary rates for those on a low income, please contact me to discuss this.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work at The Banbury Therapy Centre please contact me for availability.

I am also available via Skype or Zoom.

Banbury Therapy Centre
69 Oxford Road
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX16 9AJ

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom
Skype
Martin Leach

Martin Leach