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About me

I am a Senior Accredited counsellor with 20 years of counselling experience. I work in a quiet consulting room in Oxford and am very conscious of maintaining confidentiality and I adhere to BACP ethics. On looking through this you may wonder what sort of therapy would be most helpful for you and I use a form of psychodynamic therapy that is effective with a range of emotional problems.  This form of therapy (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) istdp-uk (www.istdp.org.uk) is supported by clinical research.  It is designed to resolve anxiety, depression, and other problems (see list below) which relate to troubled life relationships; in the present you may notice that you have a problem with relationships for example. are quick to anger or tend to sabotage yourself, or allow people to take advantage of you to name a few. How you make changes for yourself and how these problem areas link to your past becomes evident in the work.  

The task of the therapy work is to be able to face feelings without anxiety or avoidance, with honesty, so that your future relationships are gratifying and fulfilling.  It is important that you the client feel motivated to make changes for yourself, because the work requires full engagement.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a BA Hons in Modern Languages from Bristol University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from London University. I qualified in 1994 with a Post-Graduate Diploma from Reading University in Psychodynamic Counselling. I have studied further in Group Analytic Therapy and in Cognitive Analytic Therapy at the Warneford Hospital Oxford. I currently work using Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. I am used to working in GP surgeries and hospital settings, with university students, the police and in private practice.

I work with individuals with either a short-term focussed approach or in a long-term open ended way.  

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

Intensive short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy . See website for www.istdp.org.uk

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


Additional information

Please get in touch.

Further information

There is easy bus access within a 2 minute walk and there is off street parking.

The Annexe
20 Hamilton Rd

Type of session

In person
Mimi Kester PGDipCouns; MBACP Snr Accred. ISTDP-UK

Mimi Kester PGDipCouns; MBACP Snr Accred. ISTDP-UK