Counsellor & Psychotherapist Oxford & Witney
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I have been passionate about therapy since first working in the NHS over 12 years ago. I have seen, through working with many people over the years, how therapy can help people develop to lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. I offer friendly, effective and confidential therapy to adults and people aged 16+ to resolve issues including anxiety and depression. I have extensive experience from working in the NHS, private health, and now at a leading independent school where I work with both pupils and staff.
There are all sorts of feelings we may have that may cause you to consider therapy: we feel lonely, or unhappy with our relationships. We may lack confidence socially, or sexually. We may be troubled with intrusive, distressing thoughts. We may criticise ourselves in our minds, never feeling contented with whatever we do.
We may have developed all sorts of ways of coping, such as exercise, meditation, talking to a good friend, but feel that these sorts of coping mechanisms aren’t so effective, and don’t get to the core of the issue.
In therapy you get the opportunity to understand the way you think, and the way you relate to yourself and others. You get to understand why you might find things hard, what might be getting in the way for you, and how things can be different for you.
I’m passionate about what therapy can do to help people. I am I believe, a good choice as:
- I have completed a robust, in-depth training: I have a Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Roehampton University. This was a 5 year training, and longer than the majority of others. I am now in the process of completing further trainings at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and also with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- I have a wide range of relevant experience: I spent 8 years working in an NHS child and adolescent mental health team (CAMHS), and then worked for the Priory group. I now work at Magdalen College School, Oxford, providing counselling for both students and staff in addition to my work in private practice. I am also now working as an associate psychotherapist within NHS Psychological Services.
- I am committed to my work and my professional development: I work full time as a counsellor/psychotherapist. I have regular supervision from a Consultant Psychotherapist in the NHS for my adult cases, and for my work with children, supervision with a Counselling Psychologist. As part of my training I have also engaged in long-term psychotherapy, and so also have personal experience of what works and what doesn't.
- My approach is based on a number of well-regarded theoretical models, including psychodynamic psychotherapy (my primary influence), existential-phenomenology, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and person-centred therapy.
What are the first steps?
Make contact by either phone or email - giving information about why you've got in touch (although there's no need to go into lots of detail) and stating whether you have a preference to be seen in Oxford or would prefer online or telephone sessions. We will then arrange to meet for an assessment in which we will discuss your situation, and decide together whether therapy with me could benefit you.
Where are you based?
My practice location in Oxford is at Folly Bridge, is close to the city centre. Parking is available in hour-long bays on neighbouring streets, or at the Westgate or Hinksey Park car parks.
I also offer online sessions via Skype or Zoom, or telephone sessions.
Please visit my website for further information, or get in touch if you have any questions.
What is psychotherapy?
Read my interview, What is psychotherapy? A conversation with Dr Seth Osborne, to learn more about psychotherapy, how it differs from counselling (and the similarities) and what to expect from sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PsychD (Doctorate) in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Roehampton University (2015)
- MSc in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University (2007)
- BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Nottingham University (2004)
- Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) at the British Psychological Society (BPS) - started July 2020
- Foundations in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - started September 2020
I have significant clinical experience in my ongoing position as Counsellor at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and previously as a Primary Mental Health Development Worker for the NHS in Primary Child and Adolescent Mental Health (PCAMHS), and as a volunteer counsellor for adults at The Listening Centre in Oxford. I have also recently started a placement as an Associate Psychotherapist in Oxford Health NHS Psychological Services.
I have also completed numerous short courses and have attended and presented in workshops and conferences over the years.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
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.
Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA)
Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
When I work