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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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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. KatieB

Katie Burgoyne
Therapeutic Counsellor

Offering: Individual therapy
Availability: Mon day (online), Wed/Thurs day (f2f or online)
Fees: £50
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre & Online

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
I work in an empathic way, aiming to understand your situation from your point of view. I will help you to understand how you relate to yourself and other people because of your personal experiences. It is important to me that you feel seen, heard and understood so whatever you bring is relevant and we will work at your pace. Whilst my core modality is person-centred, I also have training in other areas such as Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic. I will integrate these different modalities of counselling into my sessions, depending on what you want and need. For example, if you find it difficult to talk about something I may ask whether you would prefer to write or draw it, or maybe guide you through a visualisation. I offer a confidential, gentle and honest space where we can work together to find out what is helpful to you throughout the process of healing. I am a member of BACP and follow their Ethical Framework. I also have regular supervision, professional development and personal counselling to ensure I am working at a high standard.

I initially went to a counselling skills course to find out how to help friends and family who were having a difficult time. I very quickly realised that having someone who is not a friend or family member providing a safe place to explore challenging situations and complicated feelings is a powerful process and became fascinated by learning about human behaviour. Starting to apply what I was learning to myself and my own way of relating, I realised I had become stuck in many unhelpful, habitual patterns. Throughout my process I have found inner child work very valuable in finding out who I am and how I want to live my life as an adult. Where appropriate I find it a privilege to facilitate clients in their own inner child work.

Training & Qualifications:
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy member; OTS member

Find A Therapist. Lynne

Lynne Humphreys
Therapeutic Counsellor

Offering: Individual adults (18+) therapy
Availability: Tuesday to Friday, days & eve
Fees: £45 - £55 (50-minute sessions)
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre, Eynsham & Online

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
From my experience of having counselling at different stages of my life - being ‘the client’ - I discovered that therapy can be a profound and deeply transformative process. It brought meaning, self-wisdom and vitality into my life. I believe that the relationship between client and therapist is one of the most powerful and effective ways to experience emotional healing, psychological wellbeing and personal growth. This is one of the reasons that I trained as a counsellor.

You and the challenges you’re facing are unique. I offer you a place of safety and empathy to unpack it all. As an integrative therapist, I work alongside you to create a bespoke personal therapy which addresses your needs and hopes. I draw on different ways to explore emotions and self-awareness helping you to uncover how you relate to yourself, how you relate to your past and how you form relationships and relate to those around you.

This may involve: Timelines, Attachment theory, Younger Self dialogue, Body Awareness and Breathwork, Creative Experiment, Visualization, Dreamwork and Storytelling.

After an undergraduate degree in Psychology and English, I developed a career in book publishing - commissioning authors and managing international educational publishing programmes. I’ve lived and worked in various countries either in education or the publishing sector. The creativity of story and illustration from my publishing work influences my therapy practice – offering clients creative ways to explore emotions and understand themselves more fully.

Training & Qualifications:
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB, Banbury)
Diploma Intercultural and Theological Studies (OU)
BA Hons Psychology & English (Oxford Brookes)

Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
Member BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Member of British Psychological Society GMBPsS
Member of OTS

Find A Therapist. LucyFord

Lucy Ford
Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist

Offering: Individual adults (18+) therapy
Availability: Tuesday daytime, Wednesday-Thursday evenings
Fees: £55-£65
Frequency: Weekly (50 minute sessions)
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre; Oxford (OX2) & online

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
Life can be difficult and painful and there are many reasons why you might be looking for support. I will listen deeply and compassionately, holding a confidential space for you to explore your feelings and thoughts on any issues you bring. I have had the privilege of working with clients who have experienced a range of issues, such as loss, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, or trauma and I offer short and long-term therapy. We are complex and unique beings and no one size fits all. Integrative means that I work organically drawing on a diversity of fields. My core training is in Other Centred Therapy (OCT) based on Buddhist psychology. I also have experience and qualifications in psychodynamic counselling and bereavement support. I adhere to the ethical framework of the BACP and attend regular clinical supervision, ongoing professional development as well as my own therapy to ensure a high standard of working.

If you would like to consider working with me, please contact me for an initial session in which we can explore your issues and how we might work together.

Through working on my own wounds I have come to passionately believe in the significant role the therapeutic relationship can play in transforming lives. This also inspired me to train as a therapist. Prior to this, I worked for over twenty years in higher education in the social sciences, which has given me a keen awareness of how power structures shape our lives, including our inner worlds. Beyond the social we are also part of the wider web of life. I am greatly inspired by the healing power of nature and its relevance to the therapeutic process. In the past I have also volunteered with mental health charities Cruse, Restore and ODAS (Oxford Domestic Abuse Service).

Training & Qualifications:
Diplomas in Other-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, Tariki Trust
PGCert in Psychodynamic Counselling, Oxford University
Certificate in Bereavement Support, Cruse, Oxford
Mental Health First Aid Certificate, Restore, Oxford
Certificate in Ecotherapy, Tariki Trust
DPhil International Relations, Sussex University
PGCert teaching in Higher Education

Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), Member
OTS-Oxfordshire Therapy and Self-Development, Member
Climate Psychology Alliance, Member
Ecopsychology UK, member
Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR), Member

Find A Therapist. JuliaJoyce

Julia Joyce
Integrative Transpersonal Counsellor

Offering: Individual adult (18+) therapy
Availability: Monday - Friday, daytime and evenings
Fees: £50 (60 minute sessions), limited number of concessionary slots for students / lower income
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre, Faringdon & Online

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
As a transpersonal therapist my focus is to help you to understand yourself better and to explore your growth as as individual. Life can be challenging and complicated, resulting in perhaps depression, anxiety, low self-worth, addictions, eating disorders or a sense of feeling empty or stuck. In therapy we would think together about how your life is now, in the present, then work backwards to explore how people and and situations might have contributed to forming beliefs and responses that are no longer helping you. With growing awareness it is then possible to look forwards into the future, perhaps looking at ways to do things a little differently as you continue your life journey.
We will have an initial session; following this, if you decide to continue with weekly therapy, I will provide a safe and confidential room or Zoom setting for you to bring whatever issues you would like to explore. We might do this just through talking, or we can use visualisations / art / myth and stories / dreamwork - how we work is your choice. I will actively engage with the issues you bring, by listening, supporting and challenging you to find out more about the unique human being that you are. As Oscar Wilde said, “The final mystery is oneself”.

In 2010, following a personal crisis, I went into therapy with a Jungian practitioner which over time, transformed the way in which I understood myself, my life and the world. Excited by this, I then took the decision to retrain as a therapist, so that I could help others as I had been helped.
Prior to this, I worked as a garden designer / gardener. I have always had strong ties to the natural world, which has taught me so much.

Training & Qualifications:
Diploma in Integrative Transpersonal Counselling (ReVision, London).

Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
OTS-Oxfordshire Therapy and Self-Development

Find A Therapist. ben

Ben Barwick
Integrative Counsellor

Offering: Individual therapy
Availability: Monday to Friday (Days & Evenings)
Fees: £50 - sliding scale
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre& Online

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
As an integrative counsellor, I draw on a few theories (Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Gestalt) and tailor my approach to the client. I have a keen interest in Psychodynamic Counselling, which impacts my practice. I am focused on working in the present, making the unconscious conscious. We’ll explore patterns that have been established in early life and allow you to do something differently.
I offer both long-term open-ended and short term counselling. Your needs are something we would discuss in our initial sessions.

I spent over ten years as a Running Coach at Full Potential, designing training plans and supporting runners of all abilities. I felt there was more out there, so in 2018 I took a Level 2 Course in Counselling Skills. Within weeks I knew this was a career path I wanted to go down.
I’ve always been inquisitive about understanding myself, and counselling allowed me to explore my past, present, and future in a way I have never done before. It helps me make sense of my world, which I want to offer to others.
I am currently studying for a postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling at Oxford University. I hope to turn this into a Masters over the next few years.

Training & Qualifications:
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Currently Studying PG Cert in Psychodynamic Counselling

Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
BACP Registered Member
OTS Member

Find A Therapist. Philippa2

Philippa Spits
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Offering:Individual Therapy
Availability:Tuesday-Friday (Days & Evenings)
Fees: £50-£65 per session
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: Wantage (Face to Face and Online)

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
Life can be challenging and tough at times. You may feel anxious or depressed, or even noticed a lingering low mood. You might be feeling 'stuck' with the same thoughts continually 'going round' in your head. Or perhaps you have experienced a relationship breakdown, or may have suffered a bereavement. You might even be seeking to explore ways of making positive changes in your life.

At times like these it can be helpful to talk to someone. I offer a friendly, compassionate, warm and confidential space where you can be listened to and where we can explore what is happening in your life at the moment. My aim is to help create opportunities that will facilitate change and healing. Therapy not only provides an opportunity to work through difficulties but it can also be about celebrating strengths and seeking self-compassion.

I work as an integrative counsellor – which means I use thoughts and ideas from different therapy models including both the humanistic (person-centred) and psychodynamic theories. My approach is client led; thus, my response is unique to each client. I believe that the therapeutic relationship – the relationship between the client and the therapist, is important, and has the potential to be a vital and dynamic part of our work together.

Practical Details
At our first/assessment session (an hour long) we can discuss what brings you to therapy and what you feel you need from our sessions. It is a time to explore how comfortable we are together, and if agreed, organise a suitable time for weekly counselling sessions. These are usually 50 minutes. I offer both short and long-term therapy.

I also offer online counselling on zoom, whatsapp or skype.

I am an experienced therapist and psychotherapeutic counsellor and have worked with clients from different backgrounds and with a wide range of issues: depression, anxiety, low mood, relationship issues, bereavement (including suicide and drug related deaths), low self-esteem, abuse (sexual and domestic violence), work difficulties, life transitions, suicide ideation, illness and issues around caring.

My counselling background encompasses training and working as a counsellor in a variety of settings. I have experience as a volunteer counsellor in the charity sector - Cruse and Victim Support. In addition to being in private practice I am also currently employed as a counsellor at a local family counselling service.

Prior to counselling I worked in both the arts and education sector, as a musician and music teacher.
I continue to teach; offering private music lessons.

Training and Qualifications:
Diploma in Integrative and Humanistic Counselling (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) (BCPC) (UKCP & BACP accredited)
Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC) (UKCP & BACP accredited)
Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Therapy, Oxford University
Counselling Children and Young People (Level 5), I’m OK, You’re OK, ABC Awards 7 Certa Awards.
DBT Essentials (Level 2), The Association of Psychological Therapies

Other: B.Mus. (Rhodes), M. Mus. (Edinburgh)

Registered Bodies and Organisational Positions:
I am a fully accredited member of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).
Member of OTS.

Find A Therapist. sandra cooper

Sandra Cooper
Person-Centred Counsellor

Offering: 1-1 individual Counselling with adults
Availability: Weekly on Wednesday evenings
Fees: £50 per one hour session
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
I work closely with people’s process based on their feelings and thoughts. As children we develop personal behaviours and ways of coping in the world, but when we reach adulthood sometimes we are challenged beyond our coping mechanisms or endurance. We can find ourselves anxious, depressed, ill or generally feeling unable to deal with life. My work is set within a framework of understanding, without judgement or assumption, to support you in self discovery and autonomy. Although Counselling can be challenging, my relationship with you will be empathically supportive while working with these problems, enabling you to explore your process.

I worked for many years as a Counsellor in the Public Sector with people on Probation, in prisons, the homeless community, Oxford City Council (including the Fire Service and Head Teachers) and in private practice. My original specialism was Addiction, but as my experience widened I also worked closely with Psychiatric Services. This background encompassed a wide range of aspects of mental health which lead me to work with children, couples and groups in therapeutic settings. After a break, I am presently specialising in historic, recent or current sexual abuse. My work includes painful unusual experiences, as well as day-to-day difficulties.

Training & Qualifications:
Diploma and BA Hons Degree in Person-Centred Counselling from Metanoia
Certificates in ‘Group Work’ and ‘Working with Families and Children’
BACP Accreditation (lapsed) - I am presently working towards Re-Accreditation with BACP.

BACP registered
TPCA Member
Member of OTS

Find A Therapist. MelB

Melanie Bain
Humanistic Counsellor

Offering: Individual therapy
Availability: Monday - Saturday
Fees: £60 - £65 (50 min sessions)
Frequency: weekly
Location: OTS-Oxford & Witney Therapy Centres
Also at: Bicester, Botley and online

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
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.

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 National Counselling Society and I work alongside their ethical standards. I undertake regular supervision and ongoing professional development to ensure a high standard of working. I am DBS checked in order to work with children.

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
National Counselling Society accredited registrant

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