About me

I am a registered UKCP analytic psychotherapist and counsellor with over 20 years experience working with many different people from all walks of life.

I am experienced in working with Skype Zoom and FaceTime and work with people from different parts of the world as well as the UK.

I have been in private practice in Oxford for many years seeing people for both long-term analytic psychotherapy and short-term focused therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

From 1986 to 1990 I studied Psychoanalysis and Philosophy with the Philadelphia Association in London. I am formally accredited with the UKCP and a member of the Site for Psychoanalysis, a successor organisation of the Philadelphia Association.

Prior to training as a psychotherapist I worked for several years in the public sector as a senior social worker and as a community worker. I worked in mental health and then with children and families before moving on to become a manager. It was in this capacity that I developed my skills and resources as a supervisor and coach.

I have been practising as a psychotherapist since 1989 working with both short term and long term patients as well as supervising and training counsellors and psychotherapists. I also work as a coach and non managerial supervisor for a number of voluntary and statutory sector personal, including social workers, community workers and managers at all levels.

I have a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) and an MA in Social Policy and Sociology. I completed 5 years training in analytic psychotherapy and am fully accredited with the UKCP.

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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

Life crisis and transitions
Relationship problems
Marital counselling
Loss and bereavement


Additional information


28 Beaumont Street

Type of session

In person
Penny Hill

Penny Hill