Sarah Payler PG Dip. Psych, FPC, BPC (accred.)
I am an experienced psychodynamic psychotherapist working in and around Oxford, with one practice in North Oxford and another in Charlbury near Chipping Norton.
People come to see me for many different reasons. They may be struggling with their relationships, at home or at work, or they may be feeling anxious, sad, vulnerable or down. Painful and difficult feelings may have arisen as a response to a recent loss, change or an emotional crisis, but they could also be underlying and deep rooted.
I offer a confidential, calm and reflective space where together we can make sense of the feelings and thoughts that trouble or concern you. It's a time and place away from the pressures of everyday life, a place where you can be yourself, find yourself. Being heard and understood, thinking about feelings which may be too difficult to face alone, can be an empowering experience that frees you to connect more deeply with yourself and with others.
Whether you are in crisis, stuck in a painful relationship or struggling with emotional difficulties that won't seem to go away, therapy can help you understand yourself in a rich and deep way so that you can better face the challenges that life inevitably brings.
I practise from a psychodynamic perspective. This means that we'll work together to get to the heart of what is troubling you. We'll look at what is going on for you in the light of the present and also the past.
Some of the feelings, thoughts and experiences that you struggle with today may clearly be connected to the situations or relationships you find yourself in, but others may spring from an unconscious part of yourself; an inner world of forgotten feelings or unresolved experiences that influence the way you think and feel today.
As we reflect together, on whatever is on your mind, we can start to understand how underlying emotional conflicts impact on you and your relationships. The insights gained can be profound, freeing you to resolve your difficulties and find fresh ways of approaching life.
Short or long term work?
I offer open-ended therapy meaning that we won't fix a number of sessions at the beginning. We'll continue working together until we come to a point when you feel ready to move on without therapy.
I am also able to offer short term counselling (6 -12 sessions) which can be effective in dealing with recent onset difficulties such as bereavement, relationship breakdown or redundancy.
What to do next?
It is not unusual to feel unsure about starting therapy. I understand this and am trained to help you with the process. I offer you an initial consultation which may last over two sessions. This consultation(s) provides us with an opportunity to meet, for me to understand what is troubling you, and for you to see if I am the right therapist for you.
Please do call or email. We can then have a brief talk on the phone and arrange a meeting.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I am a fully qualified, registered and experienced Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. I undertook a specialist five-year training at WPF Therapy, London, one of the UK's most respected and rigorous psychodynamic training institutions. This training involved working with a wide range of psychological difficulties, extensive supervision and ongoing personal psychotherapy and analysis.
- Registered psychodynamic psychotherapist with:
- British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
- Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
- Oxfordshire Therapy and Self Development Centre (OTS)
I am bound by the strict ethical codes of these organisations which includes the preservation of confidentiality, regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development.
I have worked with adults who face a wide range of psychological and emotional problems including anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem, bereavement, loss, spirituality, psychosomatic problems, identity issues, trauma, relationship and family problems.
For many years I have been a therapist at Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London, and at The Oxford Women's Counselling Centre. I have also worked as a counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care. I continue my links with OWCC as an Assessor.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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The initial consultation
The initial consultation lasts a little longer than a normal therapy session... up to an hour. I do not charge for this first meeting.
A second initial consultation lasts for 50 minutes and is charged at £50.
Regular ongoing sessions
Regular 50 minute sessions take place at the same time and on the same day each week and are charged from £50.
A reduction may be offered for twice weekly therapy. Please ask for further details.
Corporate or organisational-funded psychotherapy is also available. I am registered with AXA PPP Healthcare, Aviva, Vitality and Healix private healthcare providers.
I have a small number of concessionary places.
Please email me for more details.
My Charlbury practice is within easy reach of Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Witney, Burford, Kingham, Great Tew, Churchill, Chadlington, Spelsbury, Finstock, Ramsden, Hailey, Fawler, Stonesfield, Combe, Begbroke, Yarnton
Free on street parking outside my practice and free carpark at The Spendlove Centre a few minutes walk away.
By bus or by train
Buses run every hour from Chipping Norton, Hanborough, Woodstock, Oxford, Witney. The bus stop is 300 metres from the practice.
I am less than a 10 minute walk from Charlbury Railway Station. Trains run hourly from Oxford, Hanborough, Kingham, Moreton in the Marsh.
Before 10am and after 5pm - free on street parking.
Between 10 am and 5pm - parking at Cutteslowe Park City Council Car Park, a three minute walk from the practice.
Free on street parking at Five Mile Drive.
By bus or train
Frequent buses (2,7, 23) run up the Banbury Rd to Five Mile Drive, a few minutes walk from the practice.
Oxford Parkway Station is 1.2 miles away. This station is served by a frequent bus service which stops at Five Mile Drive.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Charlbury: Monday afternoon and evening, Thursday all day. Oxford: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings.
Types of client