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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.

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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. 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

   Click Here       To contact me

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. 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.

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: £65 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.

    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:
    Diploma in Life Coaching (Level 3)
    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

       Click Here       To contact me

    Approach & Specialist Areas:

    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. GuyT

    Guy Turton
    Integrative Counsellor

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

       Click Here       To contact me

    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)

    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

    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

       Click Here       To contact me

    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

    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. Stephanie

    Stephanie Davis
    Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

    Offering: Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy
    Availability: Thursday mornings (+Abingdon below)
    Fees: £50 - £75 per session
    Frequency: Weekly or more as needed
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre;
    Also at: Abingdon: Mon, Tues, Thurs

       Click Here       To contact me

    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    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.

    I have developed expertise in working with a range of clients from different cultural and national backgrounds with concerns as diverse as depression, anxiety, trauma, eating problems and abuse as well as emotional difficulties and problems of identity and the self. I also specialise in working with the transition to parenthood and issues around PND.

    I use the 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.

    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.

    Training & Qualifications:
    Diploma Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
    PhD Psychology
    MA (Hons) Psychology (Cantab)
    Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) approach with couples (Marriage Care)

    Registered Bodies:
    UKCP Registered
    Member of the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists (FIP).
    Member of TRS (The Relational School)
    Member of OPS (Oxford Psychotherapy Society)

    Find A Therapist. MelB

    Melanie Bain
    Humanistic Counsellor

    Offering: Individual therapy
    Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
    Fees: £50
    Frequency: weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
    Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

       Click Here       To contact me

    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.

    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
    National Counselling Society accredited registrant

    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

       Click Here       To contact me

    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.

    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

       Click Here       To contact me

    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.

    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.

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

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