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MSt (Oxon), PGDip, MBACP

About me

I am a psychodynamically trained Counsellor and Psychotherapist and work in private practice, alongside my other role as an Anglican priest in Oxfordshire.

I work face to face and online. I have found online therapy effective and practical if face to face meeting is not possible.

I offer a safe and confidential space to explore feelings, emotion and troubling behaviour, without judgement, to gain understanding and to overcome life's challenges. I have experience of working with depression and low self-esteem, relationship issues and breakup, abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, work related issues, trauma, bereavement and loss.

I provide time-limited or open-ended (solution-focussed) counselling with adults of all ages. I am very happy to work with young people, and with couples too. My counselling and psychotherapy is relational and based on attentive listening, creating space for understanding, change and personal growth.

While working as an Anglican priest I saw great emotional need and recognised the effectiveness of counselling, which persuaded me to train as a therapist and counsellor myself. I qualified on the Oxford University MSt programme in 2013, and worked in a local community counselling organisation in Oxford, then in London from 2015. In 2021 I moved to Stonesfield, just north of Oxford, and continue to offer some online and in-person therapy in private practice here.

I have particular respect for cultural difference, and for both the absence and presence of religious belief. In counselling, I do not make reference to spiritual issues unless asked to. My starting point is a deep respect for each person as an individual and a care for real human flourishing.

How does this work?

If you are considering counselling then get in touch and tell me a little about your circumstances. Then we would arrange an initial session. In that session we would aim to identify the key issues which have brought you to therapy and I would explain confidentiality, payment, arrangements for missed sessions and other practical things. If you and I are each happy that this is going to be helpful and you wish to go ahead, we will arrange to meet weekly at the same time.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • MSt Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford University)
  • Postgraduate Diploma Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford University)
  • Postgraduate Certificate Psychodynamic Counselling (Oxford University)
  • Previous undergraduate and graduate qualifications in Social Anthropology (LSE) and Theology (Oxford University)


Professional Membership

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Registered Member 826840

As a registered member of the BACP I adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to their Professional Conduct Procedure, which upholds the highest standards of ethical behaviour.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£90.00 per session

When I work

I am very happy to work face to face in Oxfordshire, or online.

Further information

For more information, to discuss any aspect of counselling or to make an appointment, please contact me on 07872040418 or email me.

Testimonial:

I was unsure about seeking counselling during a period of sadness and some objective difficulty, but a series of sessions with Ralph Williamson, quickly became an important haven within my week. Ralph is an enormously insightful and empathetic person; he helped me gain a healthier perspective, which was crucial in re-establishing my well-being. Knowing that someone can help you work through difficult patches is valuable. Finding that person is priceless. I am hugely grateful to the friend who introduced me to Ralph’s counselling practice, which I recommend unhesitatingly.” - Anonymous 2017.

The Rectory, Brook Lane, Stonesfield, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 8PR

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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