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Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development Network: 1-to-1 Counselling & Psychotherapy - Group Therapy & Workshops in Oxford and Witney

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Counselling & Psychotherapy Options


Most though not all of the practitioners listed on this page work at the OTS-Witney Therapy Centre. They can be contacted via the contact details for each entry. Clicking on the contact link will take you to the contact form on the main OTS website. Not all of our therapists who we might refer you to are listed here. If you are looking for low cost counselling or psychotherapy, our trainees are not listed here, as an assessment is required before they see clients.

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You can also email us if you would like an assessment and referral session which can access a wide range of practitioners in Witney and Oxford, as well as the low-cost service and group therapy provided by OTS at the centre in Witney & in Oxford. You can arrange that by emailing us here.



OTS Members At
OTS Witney Therapy Centre

In this section you will find full members of the OTS organisation who we regularly refer to, as we know their work well. Please be aware that there are many other members who are not on our website.



Find A Therapist. MelB

Melanie Bain
Humanistic Counsellor


Offering: Individual therapy
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Fees: £35 - 50 (dependant on financial status)
Frequency: weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre


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Approach & Specialist Areas:
I would describe my style as eclectic and organic. The aim of my work is to enable you to increase self-awareness and notice hidden attitudes, feelings or behaviours that you may have in relation to your current situation or problem. My belief is that when we become more aware of ourselves this increases our own ability to see, challenge and change old unhelpful patterns and belief systems. Because we have unique personalities and backgrounds I find that one approach does not work for everyone, therefore, how I work with you may vary depending on your own needs and personality and how we relate to one another during our time together.

Background:
Within my counselling profession, I have worked with adults and young people who have faced difficulties from substance abuse, mental/physical/sexual abuse, self-esteem, depression and relationship issues. However, my work is not specific to these issues alone.

Prior to, during and after my training, I worked within the health, social and criminal justice sector. For nearly five years I have worked with organisations specialising in the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol users and prolific offenders. I currently support children, young people and their families who are facing domestic and social difficulties.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work alongside their ethical standards. I undertake regular supervision and ongoing professional development to ensure a high standard of working.

Training & Qualifications:
I have a post-graduate diploma in Humanistic counselling and supervision from the Kinharvie Institute, Caledonian University of Glasgow, where I attended from 2001 and 2004.

Registered Bodies:
OTS Member
BACP registered



Find A Therapist. Lizzie


Lizzie Cummings
Drama and movement therapist


Offering: Individual therapy 13+
Availability: Mondays & Fridays 9-2pm; Thursdays day and evening
Fees: £60 per hour session
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre


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Approach & Specialist Areas:
As a drama and movement therapist I can help you to use creative tools to support your exploration of issues, thoughts and feelings that are difficult to access solely through words. The aim is not to produce anything good, artistic or clever but simply to have the option of non-verbal communication when words are not enough.

Background:
I have spent much of my career working in the adult NHS mental health service working with individuals and running groups for men and women suffering with depression, acute anxiety, schizophrenia and deep, emotional trauma. Movement and story work has helped my clients to explore feelings, issues and situations that have been too difficult or elusive to describe solely in words. However, I also work with many people who prefer just to talk. The creative tools are there simply as an option for those that want to use them. I have also worked with children of all ages who have struggled with emotional and behavioural difficulties, A.D.H.D. bullying issues, confidence, anxiety and depression.

I am now in private practice at the OTS-Witney Therapy Centre offering therapy to individuals. I also run creative, therapeutic group workshops for self-development, using story, dance, movement and art. These will be found on the OTS website as and when they arise.

Training & Qualifications:
I am a fully qualified drama and movement therapist (MA) with fifteen years professional experience having trained with The Sesame Institute at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Sesame Dramatherapy is a gentle, yet deep therapy based in the Jungian approach to working with the imagination and the unconscious.

Registered Bodies:
OTS Member
I am state registered with The Health Care Professions Council



Find A Therapist. Tanya

Tanya Smith
Integrative Therapist


Offering: 1-1 adults, 11-18 yrs counselling, families
Availability: Monday am & pm, Wednesday pm and Saturday am
Fees: £65 individuals, £70 families
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre



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Approach:
Therapy is a very personal matter and the relationship with the therapist has to feel comfortable and safe. Finding the right person for you is key. It is generally understood in the field of therapy that the quality of the therapeutic relationship, not just the theory practised, is what makes therapy successful for the individual. An initial meeting will enable you to see if on meeting me, you feel you could work with me.

Background:
After qualifying as a therapist in 2000, I worked in private practice wth adults for 9 years. I then began working as part of a team that offered Solution Focused Therapy to families in crisis for Social Services in West London.
Since 2009 I have worked as a school counsellor with children aged 11 to 18 years old. This work requires a creative and adaptable way of working to engage a young person. My private practice then evolved to offering work to teens and families.

Training & Qualifications:
My training is in Psychological Counselling, which draws on psychodynamic, CBT and humanistic theory. I studied Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University and received PG dip in Psychological Counselling.
PG dip in Working with Adolescents from WPF,
Diploma in Family Work from Oxford College,
Certificate in Solution Focused Therapy from BRIEF.

Registered:
BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
BPS (British Psychological Society)
Member of OTS.



Find A Therapist. KarenF

Karen Foster
Integrative Arts Psychotherapist


Offering: One to One therapy Individual (Adult)
Availability: Tuesday - Friday (daytime only)
Fees: £45 per hour session
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre



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Approach & Specialist Areas:
Working within a framework that prioritises the therapeutic relationship my theoretical orientation is psychodynamic and humanistic, underpinned by neuroscience and attachment theories.

My integrative training in both talking and art therapy enables me to combine both approaches. Engaging with creative media as a form of communication allows space for unconscious feelings, which once expressed and given visible form become available for reflection and for new perspectives to form through dialogue.

Background:
I spent 20 years as a partner in a small consultancy practice and became a professional food photographer in 2005. More recently I have worked within the NHS in acute mental health settings facilitating groups and working one to one. Currently, in addition to developing my private practice I continue to work as an Independent Advocate with vulnerable adults.

Training & Qualifications:
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (IATE)
Post Graduate Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts (IATE)
Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment (CATT) Levels 1 & 2

Registered Bodies:
OTS Member
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Reg: AS15735
Professional Member of The Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
Working towards UKCP Registration



Find A Therapist. Sarah P

Sarah Payler
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist


Offering: One-to-one therapy
Availability: Various times though week
Fees: £50
Frequency: Once/twice weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: Charlbury & North Oxford, OX2


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Approach & Specialist Areas:
As a psychotherapist and counsellor I am able to offer you a confidential, calm and reflective setting where we can start to make sense of the feelings and thoughts that trouble or concern you. It’s a place where you can explore your hopes and your fears, a time when you can be listened to and understood.
I practise a form of therapy called Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. This therapy is a journey of self-discovery and self-understanding that can bring relief from distress and help you make long lasting and positive change in your life. Drawing on the theories of psychoanalysis and neuroscience it explores how the problems you are struggling with in the present may connect to your past experiences; it looks at the unconscious feelings and thoughts that lie behind your present suffering.
We can find out what is going on for you through our relationship together. As we talk together we’ll start to discover and understand the unhelpful automatic reactions and unconscious patterns which may be undermining your psychological well being. Emotional wounds can be healed and a capacity for change developed. This can free you to resolve your difficulties and find fresh way of approaching life.
I find my work as a therapist exciting and I love to meet different challenges and people from diverse backgrounds. I work across a wide range of issues but also have a particular interest in working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, identity, intimacy and connection. My background as a musician means that I have a first hand understanding of the specific issues and difficulties faced by those who work in the performing arts.

Background:
I originally trained as a classical musician and spent many years performing professionally with orchestras in the UK and abroad. Alongside this I taught both individuals and groups instructing a number of string ensembles. Having become interested in therapy through my experience in education, I trained for five years at WPF, a specialist psychodynamic therapy institute in London. I have now practised for a number of years with a range of adults treating many psychological and emotional problems.
Institutions that I have worked for include: Westminster Pastoral Foundation, Oxford Women’s Counselling Centre and Cruse Bereavement Care. I currently work in private practice and am an assessor at OWCC.

Training & Qualifications:
Post Graduate Diploma at Masters level in Psychodynamic Theory and Practice (WPF)
Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF)
Post Graduate Alumna of The Royal College of Music

Registered Bodies:
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).
Member of OTS



Find A Therapist. SueB

Sue Brackstone
Life Coach


Offering:1-1 Coaching
Availability:(Days, evenings) Monday – Thursday daytime Monday & Tuesday Evening
Fees:£55 per hour
Frequency:As needed
Locations:OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: at OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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Approach & Specialist Areas:

I work with my clients to reduce stress, beat procrastination, take action on their dreams and increase quality time for relationships and family. I help my clients to overcome obstacles that life throws in the way and create lasting, positive change.

If you:

  • Are overwhelmed with things to do
  • Wish you had more time for the people you love
  • Are unsure where your life is going
  • Want to make changes, but aren't sure where to start
  • Want to stop your life from running you, and turn things around

    Life coaching can help.

    Together we can work on:

  • Improving your work life. Find what you really want to do.
  • Managing your time.
  • Beating procrastination and getting things done.
  • Improving your relationships with family and friends.
  • Creating a life outside of work.
  • Growing your confidence and self-esteem

    Or anything else that's blocking you from creating a life you love.

    Background:
    Before becoming a life coach I worked as an administrator in local council, and later as a freelance writer.
    I volunteer at Citizen’s Advice and as an Early Intervention Coach with TLG, an organisation that works with children in schools.

    Training & Qualifications:
    Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching
    Diploma in Higher Education -counselling and psychology

    Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
    Member of the Association for Coaching



  • Find A Therapist. Rob C


    Rob Curtis
    Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor


    Offering: Weekly one-to-one therapy
    Availability: Friday day time/early evening
    Fees: £50 per hour session
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
    Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:

    Background:
    Prior to training as a therapist, I founded and ran a successful healthcare business; eventually leaving to retrain in an area that I found more personally fulfilling. Over the last six years I have worked with Social Services in London and Oxford, providing support to vulnerable families and families in crisis and working with adults and children with varying and complex needs. Alongside this, I have worked as a counsellor for a leading addiction treatment provider as well as running my own private practice.

    Training & Qualifications:
    I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their code of practice. I gained my BA at Kings College London and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre, London.
    I am also a member of OTS-Oxfordshire Therapy and Self Development which is a diverse community of counsellors and therapists from a wide range of therapeutic orientations, offering a range of psychological therapies, methods and therapy formats. OTS is committed to providing impartial advice, information, assessment and recommendations.

    Registered Bodies:
    OTS Member
    BACP Reg.



    Find A Therapist. Erika


    Erika Vincze
    Psychosyntehsis (Integrative) Counsellor


    Offering: Individual therapy (16+)
    Availability: Monday (daytime and evening)
    Fees:£45 per hour session
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
    Also at: at OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    My approach is integrative. I work in a transpersonal context with each individual as a completely unique person with unique life-path and challenges. I believe all of us experience difficult patches and challenges in our lives that might require the guidance and support of a counsellor. As part of my Continuing Professional Development I have attended a course on the Application of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice which I also use in my work.

    Background:
    Beside my work in private practice I also work with survivors of sexual abuse at the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.

    Training & Qualifications:
    I am a qualified counsellor holding a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling awarded by Middlesex University and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

    Registered Bodies:
    I am a member or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their ethical framework.



    Find A Therapist. GuyT


    Guy Turton
    Integrative Counsellor


    Offering: Individuals 16+, Couples & any adult family pair
    Availability: Mondays - afternoon & evening
    Fees: £50-65; Couples £55-70 (All initial sessions £30)
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
    Also at: at OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    My approach is to treat you as an individual, to listen, be curious, try to understand, and provide a non-judgemental space for you to explore what is going on for you. “Integrative” means that I can draw on a wide range of theory and experience when we are talking together.
    My specialist areas are:
    Working with men
    Relationships (at work, with siblings, or parents or adult children)
    Couples (in or out of commitment to each other)

    Background:
    Relationship challenges in my own life led me to seek individual therapy. Changes I experienced through therapy have been so positive that its given me a very strong belief in the benefits of counselling

    Training & Qualifications:
    Rigorous, demanding but enjoyable, my training was at Minster Centre in London (this course is BACP Accredited). I am currently doing relationship/couples training at Re-Vision (also in London)
    I am a Diploma qualified Integrative Counsellor

    Registered Bodies:
    OTS Member
    BACP



    Find A Therapist. Justin


    Justin Smith
    Relational Integrative Body Psychotherapist


    Offering: Individual, group, adult family and couple therapy,
                    supervision, training, assessment & referral
    Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - daytime only
    Fees: 1-1 (£62-£82); Couples (£80-£90)
    Frequency: According to need
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    With over 20 years experience, in essence I offer counselling & psychotherapy which:

  • can be short or long-term
  • is tailored to you
  • is effective
  • is integrative
  • draws from a wide range of approaches of well-established, tried and tested, reputable theories and techniques
  • includes body and mind & the unconscious

    Background:
    As well as running the Witney Therapy Centre, I run OTS - Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development. OTS is a large and growing community of practitioners form across the range of different types and orientations of counselling & psychotherapy. If I am not the right person for you, or I don't have space, I can refer you to someone who would fit your needs, ideally following an initial assessment session, where we can get a sense of who you are, and what you might need.

    Training & Qualifications:
    ADHP, Dip Supervision
    My initial training was an eclectic mix of therapies including: CBT & Behavioural Approaches, Psychodynamic & Psychoanalytic Approaches, NLP & Hypnosis and Humanistic Approaches such as Gestalt & Person Centred Therapy. I have spent the last 20 years continuously training and developing as a relational integrative body psychotherapist.

    Registered Bodies:
    Director of OTS-Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development
    Manager of OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
    UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
    UKCP Registered Supervisor
    CABP member - Chiron Association for Body Psychotherapists
    Member of OPS - Oxford Psychotherapy Society





  • Find A Therapist. Harriet

    Harriet Fletcher
    Psychotherapist-in-training (integrative and humanistic)


    Offering: Weekly one-to-one therapy adults
    Availability: Monday to Thursday
    Fees: £25 per hour session
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre



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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I am studying Integrative Psychotherapy, working towards an MA. This means I can draw on a broad range of different psychotherapeutic approaches, and find the style which best suits your needs and challenges. I can offer short-term or open-ended therapy and I provide a non-judgemental and accepting space in which we can collaboratively explore how you might deepen your self-knowledge and, ultimately, self-confidence and acceptance.

    Understanding our past and how it has shaped us allows us to recognise when our familiar ways of being may not be in our best interests. Depression, anxiety, stress, a lack of deep connection with others - or simply a general sense that life is not being lived to its full potential - represent just some of the feelings that can lead us to a desire to know ourselves better.

    Background:
    I have a background in community development, promoting socially responsible business practices and fair trade. I volunteer for Oxfordshire Mind.

    Training & Qualifications:
    I have completed three years of an MA and Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Psychotherapy at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). The MA is certified by the University of Middlesex. I have completed the Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from BCPC.

    Registered Bodies:
    OTS Member
    Member of UKCP



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