Philippa Smethurst

Philippa Smethurst

Library Rooms
53 Davies Street

Banbury Therapy Centre
69 Oxford Road
OX16 9AJ

07863 183076

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About me

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with over twenty years experience, working in two settings in Hither Green, South East London and Banbury in Oxfordshire. I work with individuals and couples who want to make changes in their lives. This is sometimes a short process of just a few weeks and sometimes a longer process of exploration. Counselling and Psychotherapy can help towards gaining an understanding of difficulties, coping strategies and ultimately a greater sense of peace.

Undertaking counselling or psychotherapy is an important decision, so it is very important to find the right person to work with. You may wish to visit a number of practitioners for an initial consultation and trust your intuition in selecting the person who feels right for you.

In your first session with me, we would talk together about the things that are concerning you. I would be interested to know something about your history and some details about your story as well as your current life.

After this assessment session, I would be able to tell you whether I feel I am an appropriate person to help you and on leaving you would have the opportunity to reflect on whether I am the person you would like to work with.

Here are some other details about the way I work: Each session lasts 50 minutes and sessions will usually be weekly, sometimes twice weekly. Your sessions will usually be at the same time and on the same day each week.

Counselling is generally a shorter term process and psychotherapy is generally more in depth for a more substantial time. At the assessment, we would talk about how long your process might be. It is not possible to be exact about this, but I would hope to give you some indication.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist (M.Sc.) and a member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy and Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I hold a Diploma in Supervision (Cascade). I trained in Person Centred Counselling and Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London.

I use a number of approaches and techniques in my work, primarily drawing on psychodynamic and humanistic principles. It is not unusual for individuals to understand a lot about their emotional difficulties but can find themselves locked into repeating patterns and sometimes feel powerless to change them. It can be these recurrent patterns than can cause us distress and difficulties and they can be addressed in a therapeutic relationship.

I work with individuals and couples on both a short or longer term basis and am highly skilled to listen and accept you and also to help shed light on the root of a difficulty and work through painful life events and situations. The kinds of triggering events that I work with may be a bereavement, a broken relationship, problems at work or an addiction. Sometimes it is less clear to know why you are unhappy or distressed, but the opportunity to speak confidentially to a qualified practitioner can be immensely relieving.

I have a special interest in trauma and integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in my practice, which is a newer paradigm that directly addresses the effects of trauma by working with the body without the need to use touch. Clients report an appreciation of its gentle and empowering interventions and its practical approach to internal distress. I am often able to offer help and tools for you to manage things in between sessions.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Person Centred Counselling
Integrative Psychotherapy (Psychodynamic and Humanistic)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


My current fee is £75-95 and I have a limited number of lower cost spaces.

Further information

A little information about the different therapeutic approaches:

Psychological therapies generally fall into three categories. These are behavioural therapies which focus first on thinking and behaviours, psychoanalytical/psychodynamic therapies which focus on unconscious patterns and processes and humanistic therapies which firstly on self development and the 'here and now'. In addition to using these modalities, I also integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy which works with the information that our bodies give us.

Maps & Directions

London, W1K 5JH
Banbury, OX16 9AJ

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified