About OTS - the what, where, who & why
In November 2014, 3 senior practitioners - Justin Smith, Michael Soth & Annalisa Caldon invited practitioners of psychological therapies in Oxfordshire to help us form a multi-modality developmental community, with the broad aim of making therapy more accessible. Our plans have progressed across a range of objectives, so here is a summary of our progress, and future plans.
Progress To Date:
As well as needing to develop our community, we are looking to establish productive links with other low cost services and placements in the area, so as to provide clients with the greatest range of options that can be developed.
The OTS Charity:
We are currently investigating how OTS can set up as a charity, so that as the organisation grows, income can stay within the organisation and can be used towards its main charitable aim, i.e. to support low-cost group therapy in the community. As a charity we will be able to more formally pay people for carrying out the admin functions of the organisation, with the rest of the work involved in running and growing OTS being done for free, as it is now.
Are You Interested?
We are looking for likeminded individuals, who would like to get involved in setting this partially self-funded charity up. We are particularly interested in anyone who has experience and/or enthusiasm to offer as a trustee.
Therapy Group & Facilitation Training:
We are starting to develop a 12-18 month training programme for practitioners wanting to run groups and facilitate workshops for OTS. The programme will be open to all applicants, and we are exploring having it be an accredited course. We will keep you updated on this as it develops. You can sign up for the OTS newsletter on the right hand side of this page to ensure you are kept up to date.
We have many more plans for the future; this is just the beginning. If you would like to know more, please get in touch.
If you are looking for a Counsellor or Psychotherapist...
If you are looking for counselling or psychotherapy in Oxford, we offer assessments in Oxford, and can refer you to one of our practitioners who work at different venues across the region. We also have low-cost practitioners on placement with us, who commonly work in Jericho at the Community Centre, and in Botley at the The Oxford Community Health Hub. From January we will be more concentrated on our new centre!
As well as our new centre in Oxford our current therapy centre is in central Witney, just around the corner from the main bus stops at the top of the High Street. So we are well placed for people travelling from Abingdon, Burford, Bampton, Carterton, Eynsham, Faringdon, Oxford, Wantage and other surrounding towns and villages.
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