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About me

Hello and welcome.

Life isn't always easy and, at times, we can benefit from talking to someone who is professionally trained to listen, someone you feel safe with and with whom you feel a sense of connection. Perhaps you are finding that you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression, that you avoid certain situations, or that you have lost motivation, confidence, or you often fear the worst. These thoughts and feelings are just some of the many we experience in daily life and are part of what make us human.

I am an experienced psychotherapist based at The Ashcroft Therapy Centre in the village of Deddington, near Banbury (OX15) and offer a safe space in which you can explore and reflect on the issues that are concerning you, at a pace that suits you.

What Can I Help You With?

People of all social backgrounds and ethnicities seek therapy or counselling for a range of reasons, and I welcome individuals whatever their culture, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, or gender.

The following is a list of the concerns I can help with. However, this list is not exhaustive.

  • Feelings of depression, sadness or emptiness
  • Problems with anger
  • Feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Confidence problems
  • Feeling burdened by shame or guilt
  • Addictions or compulsive behaviours
  • Sexuality
  • Gender identity
  • Relationship and family difficulties
  • Work related problemsFeelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Low self esteem
  • Lacking a sense of purpose
  • Losses such as bereavement
  • Feelings of abandonment
  • Trauma
  • Identity concerns
  • Body image
  • Difficulty with making decisions

To arrange an initial meeting or to discuss your needs, or if your concern is not listed, please contact me by email or telephone. Alternatively, you can visit my website for further information. I will respond promptly and in confidence.

The need for confidentiality and privacy will be respected and maintained.

Training, qualifications & experience

I work in private practice. I originally trained at WPF Therapy, London, one of the leading academic and clinical institutions for psychodynamic psychotherapy training in the UK.

I am a registered professional member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and the FPC (Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy). In order to enhance my practice, I participate in regular continuing professional development (CPD).

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.

BPC

British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

All sessions are 50 minutes in length and my fee is:

  • £55 per session

There is no set time limit for psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling. While, for some, the time required is relatively brief – perhaps several months – for others the time required is longer. However long we work together, when to end is carefully considered by us in conversation together.

INSURANCE

I am an approved provider with the following insurance companies:

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Availability

I practise Monday to Friday and am able to offer both daytime and evening appointments. Please contact me to check my current availability.

Ashcroft Therapy Centre
Hudson Street
Deddington
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX15 0SW

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Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

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Paul Masters, MA, PGDip, FPC, BPC

Paul Masters, MA, PGDip, FPC, BPC