About me

I am an experienced, qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in Wantage, Oxfordshire. I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and have worked for a number of years with both charitable organisations as well as private practice. I am an integrative psychotherapist, which means I use a range of modalities and techniques to help clients. I believe we are all individuals and work through problems differently. I tailor my therapy to work with the client and respect that individuality.

Whether you want to explore a specific issue, want support during a difficult period in your life, or want to explore your past experiences more in-depth, I provide both short-term and long-term therapy to suit your needs.  I offer a safe and confidential environment in which we can explore the basis of any problems or anxieties which may be getting in the way of living a happy and fulfilling life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience working in a number of areas with a wide range of cultures and clients. I spent a year training at the Wantage Counselling Service before embarking on a five year psychotherapy diploma course at the Bridge Pastoral Foundation. During this time I also trained with Cruse bereavement charity.

I am a member of the BACP and continue to work with several charity organisations. I also provide training in courses on various areas of interest, such as dream work and the use of art in psychotherapy.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • exploring gender
  • sex and sexuality

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodrama
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Sessions cost £50.

Fees can be paid by cash or cheque at the beginning of the session, or by agreement monthly in advance.

48 hours notice is required for cancellations, otherwise the full session fees will apply.

I will consider concessions under certain circumstances.


Monday (9am - 2.30pm only) Tuesday (9am - 2.30pm only) Wednsday (All day) Thursday (All day)

Further information

For further information about the counselling I offer, feel free to look at the website: https://www.counsellinginoxfordshire.com/

Orchard House
OX12 9BU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Shalu Patel

Shalu Patel