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

Find A therapist 2. 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 2. 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

    Find A therapist 2. 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.

    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 2. Stephanie

    Stephanie Davis
    Attachment-Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

    Offering: Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy
    Availability: Thursdays (+Abingdon below)
    Fees: £65 - £95 per session
    Frequency: Weekly or more as needed
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre;
    Also at: Abingdon: Mon, Tues

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    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
    Director of the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists (FIP)
    Member of TRS (The Relational School)
    Member of OPS (Oxford Psychotherapy Society)
    Member of OTS

    OTS Affiliates At
    OTS Witney Therapy Centre & elsewhere
    In this section you will find other practitioners who use rooms at the centre as well as others who work locally, as indicated in the 'location' section of their entry.

    Find A therapist 2. Adi

    Adi Hughes
    Integrative Counsellor

    Offering: Individual therapy
    Availability: Monday - Thursday (day-7pm)
    Fees: £55; online £50
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre / Online

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    We all go through times in our life when things are challenging, and we find ourselves struggling in different ways. This can result in you feeling anxious, depressed, or just stuck in a rut that you don’t know how to get out of. It could be you have experienced relationship problems, financial difficulty causing you stress or have suffered a bereavement and are looking for support to cope and move forward. At times like these it can be helpful to talk to someone.

    I offer a friendly, warm, empathetic, and non-judgemental approach in a safe and confidential space where we can explore your feelings and concerns that are troubling you together. I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). I'm currently specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

    I am an integrative counsellor. This means that I use different techniques from different types of therapy to tailor an approach specifically for you. Whilst working mainly from a Person-Centred approach I also draw on Psychodynamic Therapy, CBT, and Transactional Analysis where appropriate. I have worked with a range of clients from different backgrounds and with various issues including depression, anxiety, low mood, relationship issues, bereavement, low self-esteem, abuse (sexual & domestic violence), work difficulties and dealing with terminal illness.
    I work in person and offer online counselling. If you would like to work with me so we can explore your issues and work together to help you, then please contact me for an initial session.

    My background is in Psychology in which I have an MSc and BSc. My initial interest in psychology stemmed from my need to understand mental health after I experienced my own issues. I lectured and taught psychology for many years and during my time in education I was a pastoral tutor to students aged 14-18. In this role I supported students experiencing many types of challenges and problems including anxiety, self-harm, sexual health issues, sexual dilemmas, domestic problems, cyberbullying and relationship problems. My own experience of mental health problems throughout my life, and the help and support that therapy gave me then inspired me to train as a counsellor in order to provide others with the same healing.

    Training and Qualifications:
    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    Certificate in Counselling Studies
    Certificate in Counselling Skills
    MSc Psychology
    BSc (Hons) Psychology
    Currently completing Level 5 Diploma in CBT

    Registered Bodies:
    Member of BACP
    Member of BPS

    Find A therapist 2. NatashaH

    Natasha Humphries
    Integrative Counsellor

    Offering: One-to-one therapy (18+)
    Availability: Monday - Wednesday (daytime only)
    Fees: £45 per 50 minute session
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre / Online

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I am a qualified integrative counsellor, which essentially means I have a toolkit of different techniques and experiences I can draw upon in our sessions, depending on your needs. Everyone is different and counselling is not a 'one size fits all' approach.

    Sometimes in life we feel out of control, lonely, stuck, struggle to cope, repeat destructive patterns or wonder why we're in the same situation again. You don't have to be 'mentally ill' to need or benefit from counselling. It can help with developing self-awareness, improving relationships and making better informed decisions.

    I offer honesty, empathy, a space to talk, be heard and understood. Through our relationship I want to help you unravel your thoughts and feelings, but I won't give you answers or advice. I ask for commitment and a willingness to challenge yourself but also self-compassion; it may be bumpy.

    I have over 12 years’ experience of working in education and the lack of readily available mental health resources in this sector, inspired me to become a counsellor. I have always been fascinated by ‘what makes a person’, our childhood experiences and how we interact with others.

    Training & Qualifications:
    Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Banbury Counselling Academy)

    Registered Bodies & Organisational Positions:
    BACP Registered Member

    Find A therapist 2. Caroline

    Caroline Phillips
    Psychodynamic Counsellor

    Offering: one-to-one therapy (16+), Couples
    Availability: Mon 1.30pm-9.30pm; Tue 8am - 5pm; Wed 1.30pm-9.30pm; Fri 8am-7pm
    Fees: £25 for initial session £50 (concessions) (50 minutes)
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    The psychodynamic approach to therapy focuses on helping us to identify and understand negative patterns of relating and behaving so we can begin to find better ways of coping with life's difficulties. As such, the work we do together involves thinking about what lies under the surface of thoughts, feelings and actions as a way of gaining greater self-awareness. It can involve thinking about past events and their impact on the present. Additionally, close attention is paid to the relationship between us in the counselling room as a way of throwing light on relationships in your everyday life.
    Other approaches may also be integrated into the above (eg person-centred and elements of CBT) as and when appropriate, to best resolve your issues and meet your needs.

    I am an experienced counsellor with practices in Witney and Oxford. I also have close links with the Oxford Women’s Counselling Centre (OWCC), initially as a counsellor and now as an assessor for the organisation. Prior to training as a counsellor I lectured in Psychology.

    Training & Qualifications:
    BSc(Hons) Psychology, PgDip in Counselling

    Registered Bodies:
    Registered, accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and follow their ethical framework for good practice.
    Member of the British Psychology Society (BPS).

    Find A therapist 2. DeliaTB

    Delia Taylor-Brook
    Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Counsellor

    Offering: Couples & individuals 18+, Supervision, Skype, Mindfulness Facilitation & Life Coaching
    Availability: Tuesdays to Thursdays daytime and early evenings
    Fees: £55-£65; Mindfulness groups - £235 for an 8 week course.
    Frequency: Usually Weekly
    Location: On-line only (Working in Wales)

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I provide a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive environment in which we will collaboratively explore your anxieties and concerns. Sometimes called “the talking cure”, it can be a time for healing emotional pain and coming to a resolution about the past. It can also be about understanding your present behaviour and working towards change. The opportunity to talk and offload with someone who listens and moreover hears is in itself deeply therapeutic.

    My role is to work empathically with you to encourage greater personal awareness and insight, in order that you can make the life changes that you long for. I work with genuine respect for you and your life values, whilst offering alternative ways of understanding you and your life. It offers you a therapeutic alliance which facilitates personal and spiritual growth. It also encourages the development of the necessary inner resources and personal qualities which will support you to develop the freedom to live more fully.

    I have been in the field of people development since 1980 and I have been practising as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist since 1991. I have 9 years experience working with addiction treatment centres in London and Oxford and have many years experience working with issues around alcohol, drugs and food. I have worked for employee assistance programmes since 1996, working with a range of issues including work related stress.

    Training & Qualifications:
    Certificate in Life Coaching, The Coaching Academy, 2017
    Mindfulness for Professionals, The British Institute of Mindfulness, 2016
    Relationship Therapy training, Juliet Grayson, 2014
    Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Psychotherapy and Counselling, CCPE, (1997 and 2003)
    Diploma in Supervision, CCPE, 2001
    Certificate in Obesity Management, Lighterlife, 1999
    Certificate in Substance Misuse: Prevention and Education, Roehampton Institute, 1994

    Registered Bodies:

    Find A therapist 2. Hal

    Hal Dunkelman
    Psychodynamic Counsellor

    Offering: Individual and Couple therapy, 18+
    Availability: Afternoons, evenings until 7
    Fees: Initial session £75(1.5 hrs); £45(50mins); Couples £50(1 hr)
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: The White House, Cote, Bampton (near Witney) OX18 2EG

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    Psychodynamic/Person-centred; anxiety, depression,
    food/weight/diet issues, relationships, workplace issues, bereavement, life direction

    20 years counselling, training and supervisory experience in agency and private practice, lecturer in psychology and organisation behaviour,

    Training & Qualifications:
    Diplomas in Psychodynamic Counselling and Practice, M.Sc. (Organisation Behaviour) B.Sc. (Psychology)

    Registered Bodies:
    MBACP Reg.

    Other OTS members local to Witney

    In this section you will find other OTS members who work locally, as indicated in the 'location' section of their entry.

    Find A therapist 2. 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: Witney

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    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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