Melanie Ayers

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CBT, BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred)
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Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5NU
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About me

I have been a full-time self-employed therapist in Banbury for more than twelve years and in that time I have treated more than eight-hundred people. I love what I do and feel daily gratitude to be given the chance to help and to make a difference.

I offer a safe space in which you can freely, fully and securely express and explore yourself. I offer the effective tools and techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to build concrete strategies and find effective solutions. CBT for depression and anxiety is a solution-focussed action plan to get you feeling better, fast. Some of my clients chose to stay for longer periods to do deeper, more sensitive work; such as healing low self-esteem or understanding recurring relationship patterns.

I passionately celebrate diversity and can quickly build nurturing, respectful and trusting relationships and I warmly invite you to join me to talk. I am always humbled and honoured to witness my clients becoming more self-aware, more self-accepting and truer to themselves.

My ground-floor therapy room is suitable for clients with impaired mobility.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) First
OCN Certificate Counselling Supervision (October 2015)
BACP Accreditation
Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Certificate Person Centred Counselling

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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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

Counselling Supervision

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£65.00 per session

Additional information

£65 per hour - Individual

£78 per hour - Couples

When I work

Monday - Friday, 9am - 8pm

Further information

I believe that my success in helping people stems predominantly from my ability to feel (and convey) understanding and acceptance of the people who consult me. Because of my nature I am able to quickly build nurturing, respectful and trustful one to one relationships with people.

My counselling work is supported with a committed mindfulness practice, which in turn is supported with a comprehensive grounding in the Alexander Technique.

I passionately celebrate human diversity; diversity of personality, perspective, culture, gender, sexuality, spirituality. I have a deep and genuine liking for all people. Everyone is doing the very best with what they have and everyone wants to be liked, accepted, appreciated and understood. We are all a mixture of natural personality traits combined with learned habitual thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Charter Court, 49a Castle Street, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5NU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Google Meet


In person

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Melanie Ayers
Melanie Ayers