Michael Cowdry

Michael Cowdry

37 Cranbrook Drive

07784 150 337

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About me

How I work.

I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist available to work with people who feel ready to address the aspects of lives causing them dis-ease. The way in which I work is non-judgemental and aimed at developing a collaborative relationship, to help you to find your own more constructive ways of engaging with the painful aspects of your life. Of course, being able to engage with those painful aspects has the virtue of enabling greater engagement with the more joyful aspects too. I will generally not talk about myself or offer advice.

We would meet weekly, at the same time, for 50 minutes. I suggest at least one initial assessment session, where you could explain what you would like to achieve from therapy. I would ask some questions about your life, your family history and so on. We would usually work with the present-day mainfestions of the effects of trauma and early life, so it is NOT always necessary to trawl through early childhoods or traumatic events in exhaustive detail, although some people find that process helpful. I will always ask about basic support networks and other contextual information. There is a therapy agreement to be discussed and signed. We would work in an open-ended way, which means there are no minimum or maximum number of sessions. People are free to end therapy whenever they choose. If I choose to stop working with you, I will give at least 4 weeks’ notice.

A little bit about me.

I am originally from South Africa. I have taught here in the UK at comprehensive schools, eventually as an assistant principal, until the call to work closely with individuals, rather than institutions, became irresistible. My initial degree, majoring in Psychology and English was in South Africa; I re-trained at the University of Oxford, completing my Master’s degree in psychodynamic psychotherapy there. I am interested in playing with symbols and spirituality, and particularly in the experiences which defy the attempts of language to define them. Generally, I work with people who want to explore their experience in an open-ended way.

Training, qualifications & experience

My initial degree was a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, majoring in Psychology and English. This was followed by a Higher Diploma of Education.   I taught for 2 years in South Africa and then for 25 years here in the U.K. I have completed Post-Graduate Diploma and Master of Studies Degree qualifications at the University of Oxford. I have been in practice for the past 3 years, privately and doing pro-bono work at Oxford charities.

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I charge £45 per weekly therapeutic hour (50 minutes), depending on people’s economic circumstances. The minimum amount I charge is £35 per session.

Maps & Directions

Oxford, OX1 5RR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

I can offer FaceTime or telephone counselling, but the initial meeting should be in person. My consulting room is on the ground floor, with one small step into the house. There is parking and the 35 bus route has a stop 2 minute’s walk from the house.


I work on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and on Saturday mornings. I work from 7.30 am, with last appointment ending at 8.00 pm. I finish work at midday on Saturday.

Types of client

Young people