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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. 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 per session
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS – Oxford Therapy Centre & 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.

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 or 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

Find A Therapist. Anneryan

Anne L Ryan
Biodynamic Massage Therapist & Body Psychotherapist (trainee - Yr 6)

Offering: Biodynamic Massage Therapy, 18+
Availability: Saturdays and some evenings
Fees: Massage - £60; Therapy - £45
Frequency: Initially weekly for 6 weeks, then review
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: Oxford

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
Body Psychotherapy:
I am a Body Psychotherapist (trainee Year 6) and my approach is through the body-mind relationship. This means that I work with how our feelings and emotions are experienced in our body. I offer a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic way of working drawing on body-orientated methods, along with offering you a space to talk and reflect. Working with the body in psychotherapy, we explore habits and holding patterns with a view to understanding how our own behaviour is contributing to our difficulties. This may include encouraging a deepening of awareness of breath, sensation, exploring images, vocal sound, working with movement and affective touch (see Biodynamic Massage below). By working this way, we become more 'in tune' with ourselves.
My enthusiasm to become a body psychotherapist comes from my curiosity about the voice. As a voice coach I am aware of the complexities in using the voice, and in how we express ourselves in our communications with the world. My voice coaching experience and my training in body psychotherapy combine to work with this more deeply particularly in the area of trauma relating to vocal expression.

Biodynamic Massage Therapy:
Biodynamic massage is a psychological massage that helps to balance mind and body. It affects all aspects of our being – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. It uses a wide range of touch techniques, working with the skin, connective tissue, muscle and bone, as well as the subtle levels of the human energy fields. In each session the therapist selects the technique(s) best suited to meet the emotional and physical needs of each client. A biodynamic massage can be experienced by one person as extremely gentle and calming, and by another as energising and enlivening.
Biodynamic massage is aimed at those who, at any age, aspire to maintain their well-being, and is a pro-active step in contributing to living a happy and fulfilling life.

My journey to becoming a body psychotherapist started during my career as a vocal coach and performance artist. Working with performers, I was drawn to how, not only lyricism and intonation portrayed emotion but also physical movement, and the role it played in affecting our vocal expressions. In my own performance work, I have used the creative arts, music, body, breath and voice to find my own sense of natural balance.
It was this personal experience that led me to explore the intricate relationship between verbal and non-verbal communication and how this could be developed to allow a greater sense of wellbeing. In particular, I am interested in the body’s expression of verbal and non-verbal communication, and how this presents emotionally through out-dated body held patterns of behaviours once needed to protect ourselves.

I am a trainee Body Psychotherapist at Clinical Supervision stage. I have just finished year 5 of a 6 year training. I am working towards accreditation with UKCP, my professional body. My training institute is Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre (CBPC). I am a voice practitioner member of the Natural Voice Network and a Biodynamic Massage Therapist, registered professionally with the Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists.

Training & Qualifications:
Diploma in Body Psychotherapy with Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre. Trainee: Supervision (Year 6: 21-22).
Biodynamic Massage Therapist, Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre.
BA (Law) from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Registered Bodies:
UKCP Registered (Trainee)
Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT)
Member of Body Psychotherapy Network (BPN)
Member of Natural Voice Practitioners Network (NVN)
Member of Oxford Psychotherapy Society (OPS)

Find A Therapist. NicolaEd7

Nicola Edmonds
Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Offering: Individual Therapy
Availability: (Days, evenings) Monday evening (Zoom) and Tuesday evenings (person - Witney)
Fees: £50 (some £35 spaces)
Frequency: Weekly
Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
I am a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor offering medium- and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals. I have been trained in a combination of approaches including Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Psychodynamic and Person-Centred approaches.

I have 35 years of experience of working supportively with people from all walks of life through; one-to-one Coaching, Executive Coaching, Group Facilitation of groups with conflicting objectives, Conflict Resolution, working with vulnerable children and troubled adolescents. I have successfully worked in Corporate, Educational, and Voluntary settings. I have been working with clients for the last five years.

Working in an open and transparent way, I tailor my approach to suit your specific needs. I will provide a calm and reflective environment through which we can be curious and explore whatever it is you need to bring. Working together, we can review how you live and relate to others, both now and in the past, to enable you to make sense of how you are feeling and why, and to locate and develop your natural capabilities to enable you to support yourself better. This will be your space to be listened to, accepted and heard.

I work with:

  • anxiety or panic attacks
  • eating disorders
  • depression
  • loneliness
  • emptiness
  • self-harm
  • difficulty expressing feelings; feeling numb
  • relationship difficulties
  • extreme mood swings/anger/sadness
  • shame and guilt
  • lack of confidence/low self-esteem
  • identity
  • living with the effects of abuse
  • rape

  • Training/Qualifications:
    CCTP: Trauma Certification
    Diploma, Humanistic Counsellor - Metanoia Institute
    Masters Level: Conflict Resolution & Group Facilitation (NAOS Institute)

    Registered Bodies:
    Member of Oxford Psychotherapy Society
    Member of OTS

    Find A Therapist. DellaW

    Della Wolf
    Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

    Offering: Individual Therapy
    Availability: Mon (Oxford), Tues pm/eve (Witney), Wed am/eve (Oxford) Thurs pm/eve (Oxford), Friday (Oxford)
    Fees: £60 per session (reduced fee for students & long-term therapy)
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre
    Also at: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre & Rose House Oxford

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    Psychodynamic therapy has its foundations in acknowledging the importance of the unconscious mind – an understanding of mental functioning that now carries substantial neurological backing. While the brain may have a mind of its own, it is seen to gain individual form largely through relationships, fundamentally during infancy but continuing throughout life. An understanding of both infant and child development is considered essential for adult psychodynamic therapy. Thinking about how the past is influencing the present, and how previous relationships are colouring present experience, is an important part of the therapy. A therapist can help in the work of uncovering the causes of mental and emotional distress, and then support the client in reflecting on ways to repair and to better fulfil their potential.
    People I have seen for therapy have had various named conditions – depression, generalised anxiety disorder, emotionally unstable personality disorder, eating disorders, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder etc. Also less medicalised conditions such as low self-esteem, grief, isolation, stress, difficulties with children or partner, etc. These labels of the problems we are aware of have some use, but it is the individual who needs therapy rather than the symptoms. Particularly, in working to fathom the dynamics of the symptoms, the therapy is seeking to understand each person in relation to others. I work one-to-one, in a room kept free from intrusion, either once or twice a week. Working online/remotely became necessary during 2020. Sometimes video work is appropriate, while for others using audio is more effective. This needs to be thought about carefully and negotiated individually. I believe that good therapeutic work can be done remotely but prefer to work in-person for the earlier sessions at least.

    For ten years I worked in a perinatal mental health service in the NHS. This involved therapeutic work with pregnant women as well as with parents and babies. The time of a new baby is often challenging for parental mental health. This is partly because becoming a parent can powerfully re-ignite one’s own early experiences and anxieties. I have found my work with mothers and fathers from varying cultures and backgrounds, varying ages and professions, helpful in developing my understanding of emotional development and disturbance.
    I was particularly employed to think with parents about their relationship with their babies and young children rather than teaching them how to parent. Disturbing and disruptive ways of parenting can roll on down through the generations unless there is time to reflect and to challenge reactions that feel instinctive but are actually learnt. For me, having the opportunity to explore and observe these first relationships added to my theoretical knowledge and provided insights into thinking about an individual’s experience of being in the world.

    Training & Qualifications:
    Masters Degree, University of East London, and the Tavistock and
    Portman NHS Foundation Trust: ‘Working with children, young people and
    families: a psychoanalytic observational approach’.
    Clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the British
    Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF).

    Registered Bodies:
    British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
    Member of OTS

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