Stephanie Davis MA (Cantab.), PhD, UKCP reg.
Finding the right therapist for you is the most important step in your therapy process. I work with a diverse group of clients and always begin with an initial meeting in which we would explore what you are needing help with right now and decide, together, if therapy with me is right for you.
I am an experienced qualified psychotherapist registered with the UKCP. I offer short and long term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples. I have experience of working both in the NHS and in private practice with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, identity issues, eating disorders, personality disorders, stress, relationship issues, family issues, fertility issues, pregnancy and post natal depression.
Prior to working as a therapist, I worked as a management consultant and also as a research fellow in Education and Psychiatry. As such, I have a keen understanding of the impact of different environments on mental well-being as well as mental health issues themselves. I have worked in the NHS, private practice and with several charities specialising in fostering and adoption, refugees and stroke survivors and their carers.
Working with Individuals
As an attachment-based therapist, I view relationships with others as a key part of human development and growth, and understand that disruptions and difficulties in relationships - in both childhood and adulthood – and feelings of isolation can damage our ability to manage our lives and our selves. These disruptions and difficulties can affect us in a variety of ways of which we may be unaware. My work with clients involves facilitating an understanding of how much of one’s behaviour, and way of relating to others, is influenced by processes linked to such disruptions and difficulties. I consider the therapy to be ‘relational’ in that it is an endeavour in which the therapist and client are both mutually engaged and working together to effect change.
Working with Couples
I use the Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) approach when working with couples. Attachment needs are present throughout the lifespan and viewing the adult couple relationship as an attachment relationship offers a perspective which views the difficulties and disruptions as a consequence of couples struggling to have a good enough, supportive attachment with one another. When a couples’ attachment feels insecure it can result in negative cycles of behaviour which prevent them from communication and connecting effectively. Working from this perspective, I endeavour to support couples to identify and understand their negative cycles and support them in unlocking the emotions fuelling this negative cycle to facilitate a move to a more secure and supportive attachment and way of relating.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
Diploma Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (The Bowlby Centre)
Emotionally Focused Therapy Approach with Couples
MA (Hons) Psychology (Cantab)
Certificate Relationship Counselling
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Fees are from £55-£95 depending on the length and nature of the therapy.
I have some concessions for the low waged which are negotiated on an individual basis.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
The Abingdon Natural Health and Therapy Centre is wheelchair accessibile.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|