If you are looking for someone who is a good listener with an empathic, non-judgemental outlook, I may be the person you are seeking.
I strive to provide a friendly environment in which you can talk through those issues which you bring to therapy and help you come to greater awareness of what is going on. We will often explore the relationships which are causing difficulties and analyse how you deal with different situations.
Drawing on techniques from psychodynamic psychotherapy and other modalities such as CBT, systemic therapy, human givens, compassion focused therapy or solution focused brief therapy (SFBT), I offer open-ended or short term counselling to individuals and couples.
Working together we will build on the greater awareness that you have reached to work towards the solutions that are right for you. You will be encouraged to decide the direction of the therapy (with the help of guidance from the therapist) as well as its duration.
Sessions last 50 minutes; regular weekly meetings are recommended, though not obligatory (I sometimes agree with client that fortnightly sessions would work well). I also offer counselling via the Internet.
Training, qualifications & experience
With a BA (hons) degree in Psychology and a Masters in Cognitive Science, as well as a Certificate and Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies (the last two at Oxford University) I feel able to offer excellent insight into the human condition.
In addition I have received training in Couple Counselling at the Berkshire Counselling Centre as well as training in CBT at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre and training in other disciplines such as solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) dating back over 10 years.
Having worked as Associate Counsellor for three years with the NHS, I worked at the Oxford Men's Counselling Service from 2011 to 2012. I currently see clients privately in Oxford.
I also have over ten years experience with a well-known provider of employee assistance programs (EAPs), helping to provide counselling and other services to clients on workplace and other issues.
With the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and have been on their voluntary accredited register since 2013. I abide by their code of ethics. (BACP registration number: 59355).
Registered / Accredited
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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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
General counselling, workplace issues, work related issues such as stress and bullying, couple therapy etc.
Fees are set at £60 for individual sessions and £70 for couples. I have some spaces for concessions.
Telephone (£50) and Skype (£60) counselling are also available.
Availability: mornings from 8am and early afternoons; some evenings.
If telephone counselling or counselling via Skype is your preference, please contact me to set up a session.
The advantages of telephone counselling include the option of having the counselling from the comfort of your own home and greater flexibility in terms of timing (although regular sessions are still recommended).
Telephone counselling is advisable for those who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to travel or to meet others in a face-to-face setting. Or simply for people who would prefer it!
Telephone counselling can bring the same kind of benefits as face-to-face or one-to-one counselling and I would recommend you try it as a viable alternative, if you think it could work for you.