Peter McPhail MA
I am a psychotherapist/music psychotherapist currently working on-line as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I know that you may be seeking help from psychotherapy or counselling for a variety of reasons. Perhaps something in life feels problematic. Maybe relationships are unsatisfying or a source of conflict. Work and pastimes may no longer be experienced as rewarding. You may find it very difficult to focus and concentrate or you might feel ‘stuck’ – unable to break out of repeating patterns of action and feeling and to move on in life. Whatever life problems you bring to therapy, I aim to help you use your own experience and creativity to find a way forward.
There are particular problems for which clients often hope to find help. For example:
- Panic attacks
- Eating disorders
- Compulsive behaviours
However, whatever the issues that you bring to a session, it is always my job to relate to you as a person rather than a ‘symptom’ and to support you in taking control for yourself of the changes you want to make.
Everything that you talk about in therapy is treated in complete confidence.
Training, qualifications & experience
- HCPC registered
- BA (Oxon) Human Sciences
- MA (UWE) Music Therapy
In 2016 I was appointed as a 'Creative Psychotherapist' at HMP Grendon (a Therapeutic Community) and in 2018 was appointed as Psychotherapist for F Wing. Before this, as well as working in private practice, I held the post of Music Therapist at Helen & Doulas House (hospice for children and young adults) in Oxford.
I have completed Therapeutic Community (TC) Accredited Training and the TC+ training (for work with offenders who have learning disabilities).
I have a BPS Approved Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills.
I am a member of the British Association for Music Therapy (BAMT), the Forensic Arts Therapies Advisory Group (FATAG), the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy (IAFP) and the Oxford Psychotherapy Society (OPS).
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
£50 per session
1st meeting (consultation) free
Although my preferred working days are Tuesday-Thursday I may be able to see clients at other times under special circumstances.
The first session is referred to as a ‘consultation’. This is an opportunity for you to get an impression of me and to ask any questions you have about my approach to psychotherapy and to find out how the process might work for you. For me this is an opportunity to find out what brings you to therapy, what you would like to achieve and what your expectations are. Occasionally I might suggest an alternative course of treatment that would be more beneficial for you.