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Counselling & Psychotherapy Options

All of the practitioners listed on this page 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 Autumn Newsletter 2019

OTS Members At
OTS-Oxford 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. Becca Bevis

Dr Rebecca Knowles Bevis
Clinical Psychologist
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Offering: One to one therapy
Availability: Wednesday mornings - generally full
Fees: £90 per hour
Frequency: weekly/fortnightly
Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Also at: The Lodge, Wallingford OX10 0DB

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Approach & Specialist Areas:
My approach to therapy is client-centred, compassionate, honest and collaborative, and I place great importance on the development of a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship which I believe to be the key to effective therapy. In the first few sessions, we will work together to make sense of what’s brought you into therapy, to define your goals for treatment, and to identify the most helpful and appropriate way to achieve these. Throughout the therapy, I will work with you to help you develop a better understanding of your difficulties, and to learn strategies and skills you can use to help you improve your current wellbeing and to protect yourself against similar difficulties in the future. During therapy, we will frequently review our progress to make sure things are moving in the right direction, and to discuss anything that you would like to change about the work.

My clinical practice is strongly evidence-based and I have been trained in a number of different psychotherapeutic approaches, meaning that the work will be tailored flexibly to suit your particular needs and preferences. I use a cognitive behavioural approach (CBT) in combination with other models including compassion-focused therapy, schema-focused therapy and cognitive analytic therapy.

I have a particular interest and expertise in perinatal mental health and the transition to parenthood, as well as in supporting people to recover from trauma related to pregnancy and birth.

I am a clinical psychologist and BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with many experience of working therapeutically with people who are experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties. I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and I am a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow. I spent 13 years working for the NHS, providing a psychological service to adults with severe and complex mental health difficulties, and I established my private practice in 2016.

I have a keen interest in conducting psychological research and have held academic posts at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. I enjoy teaching and training and have close links with the Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training.

After the birth of my first child, I trained as a doula and I have been offering birth doula support to women, couples and families in Oxfordshire since 2014.

Training & Qualifications:
BA Hons in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
PhD in Experimental Psychopathology, University of Manchester
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester
Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, University of Manchester
Certificate in Mentalisation-Based Therapy, Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families
Certificate in Higher Education Learning and Teaching, University of Sheffield

Registered Bodies:
OTS Member
BPS Associate Fellow
BABCP member
HCPC Registered
AIMH member
Doula UK member
OCTC Associate therapist, supervisor and assessor

Find A Therapist. Sam Bishop

Sam Bishop
Integrative Counsellor

Offering: Individual and Couples Therapy
Availability: Tuesday evening and Thursday daytime
Fees: £50 ( £60 couples)
Frequency: Weekly/fortnightly
Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
Also at: other local locations

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Approach & Specialist Areas:

My personal approach is warm and encouraging. I am an empathic, caring counsellor who works with people who have a variety of issues and dilemmas. My initial focus is to develop a trusting relationship which will create an atmosphere where the client will feel comfortable, encouraging them to explore the issues that they currently face.

I use short term or open ended therapy tailored to the client’s needs and work from a Relational Integrative approach, this means I combine Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and the Humanistic approach.


I have experience of working in a variety of Young People and Adult settings and organisations including:

  • Higher Education institutions
  • Professional sporting environments
  • Adult counselling services
  • A variety of primary and secondary educational settings, where I worked with young people who were experiencing difficulties at school, home and in their general life.

    Training & Qualifications:

    Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling
    Diploma in Supervision
    Diploma in Consultative Supervision

    Registered Bodies:

    BACP - Accredited Registered Member
    OTS Member

  • Find A Therapist. MelB

    Melanie Bain
    Humanistic Counsellor

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

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    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
    National Counselling Society accredited registrant

    Find A Therapist. Lucy Cavendish

    Lucy Cavendish
    Integrative Counsellor

    Offering: One-to-one therapy
    Availability: Various throughout week
    Fees: £50 location and time dependent.
    Frequency: Weekly / Fortnightly
    Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
    Also at: Henley on Thames, London & Chiltern Valley.

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I am a qualified counsellor working with adults, adolescents and couples. During my work as a counsellor - and as a human being living in this planet right now - I have come to believe that there are just times when we need support and understanding from someone other than our close friends and family. It does not necessarily mean we are in crisis; it may be that we need a confidential space in which to talk, to be heard, understood and not judged.
    Counselling offers a safe, contained space within which to explore, to move in to a better, deeper and more accepting relationship with yourself and others through the support of a trained counsellor such as myself who will be beside you and with you as feelings, thoughts and emotions come up.
    Integrative counselling and my approach is all about listening, thinking, working together in the room with what is going on outside the room but also inside the room. I work a lot with the feelings in the room. Integrated counselling means I have trained in psychoanalytic counselling as espoused by Freud, Jung et al as well as using a person-centred approach which means I deal with the day-to-day and immediate problems and challenges and look at what is happening for you now. I am aware that going in to counselling can feel momentous and many people feel nervous, worried and shy. My role is to help you through difficult times and to allay your fears and concerns and also to help maybe make tiny shifts so that things that appear maybe uncomfortable and insoluble become something that can be shared and worked through. It can be an illuminating journey we take together.
    I offer an all-round therapeutic approach and my areas of expertise are anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body dysmorphia, gender identity, panic attacks, mild psychotic incidents, suicide ideation, couples, adolescents, anger issues and support for couples at every level of their relationship including better endings. I have many clients post-separation and divorce who feel they need support when everything else seems difficult and tricky. I have also seen couples who wish to deepen their relationship through counselling - a Love MOT as it were. I have also helped families who are struggling with a range of issues, especially often when their children reach the teenage years. Sometimes adolescents prefer counselling by themselves, sometimes with their families to work through what systems are in place that might need looking at.

    I am also a writer who has spent the last two decades interviewing people and, in a working capacity, I have met a range of people and travelling the globe which, I believe, has helped me be a better and more broad-minded therapist who has lived a life. I worked for many years as a journalist and broadcaster writing for The Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian and Observer and many women’s magazines. I have regularly appeared on the BBC and ITV and done talks on Radio 4. I decided to re-train as a therapist six years ago and now combine writing, public speaking and counselling.

    Over the past three years I have been working as a counsellor with 11-plus clients at a youth counselling centre and I also work with adult clients and couples. I run a Talking to Teens set of workshops with a range of parents who come together to talk about their issues with teens.
    I have just started exploring body-centred therapy which helps people access their deep feelings through their body and how they express themselves in and through their body. I have also been looking at psychodramas as a form of group therapy. I have been part of Pesso Boyden workshops which is a body-based therapy and have also qualified as a Couples Counsellor.
    I have spent two years working at the Oxford Women’s Counselling Centre (OWCC)

    Training & Qualifications:
    Level 2, 3 & 4 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Mary Ward Centre in London.
    Certificate in Introduction in Couples Counselling and have taken an Advanced Couples Counselling diploma.
    2 years studying psychoanalytic therapy and psychodrama with Andrew Wallas

    Registered Bodies:
    OTS Member
    BACP Member

    Find A Therapist. Paulamad1

    Paula Maddison
    Integrative Psychotherapist

    Offering: Weekly one-to-one therapy
    Availability: Tuesday morning
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    As an Integrative Counsellor, I am familiar with a range of counselling styles and approaches and therefore we can work out a style of counselling that is right for you. How we work together is very much about you as an individual and what you need from me as your counsellor.
    Integrative Counselling is less of a technique and more of a philosophy or approach. The English Oxford Dictionary defines ‘Integrative’ as meaning: “Combining two or more things to form an effective unit or system.” Integrative Counsellors therefore, have a holistic view of a person, seeing you as comprised of many ‘parts’ that form your ‘system’. So my interest as a counsellor is in all the different aspects of your ‘self’: your feelings, thoughts, physical body and that indefinable part of self we refer to as ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’. I am also interested in how all those different aspects of your ‘self’ interact with the other people in your life, both past and present. Integrative Counselling could therefore, be described as an exploration - a journey around your ‘self’.

    Prior to training as a therapist, I worked as a Management Development Specialist, supporting managers and leaders in both the public and private sectors in order to improve their leadership and communication skills and get the best out of their teams.

    Training & Qualifications:
    I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor, having trained at the Minster Centre in London. I have been working with counselling clients for several years and am continuing my studies, working towards an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Minster Centre.

    Registered Bodies:
    I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and I abide by their code of ethics for professional conduct.

    Find A Therapist. RobC

    Rob Curtis
    Integrative Psychotherapist and Counsellor

    Offering: Weekly one-to-one therapy
    Availability: Tuesday, Thursday
    Fees: £50 per hour session
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
    Also at: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre (Monday, Friday)

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I take an integrative approach to counselling. In essence, this means that rather than subscribing to one particular modality, I prefer to identify the most useful approach with each individual client. I draw on a range of evidence based approaches and am trained to work with my clients to identify the areas that they particularly want to address and to identify the approach that they feel would be the most useful and meaningful to them. At the core of my practice is a belief in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and I count among my primary influences attachment-based psychotherapy, relational psychodynamic psychotherapy and body psychotherapy. I offer short term and long term therapy suited to your needs.

    I have a particular interest in working with addiction, bereavement and relationship issues and the repercussions of boarding school.

    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:
    BA at Kings College London
    Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Minster Centre)

    Registered Bodies:
    OTS Member
    BACP Reg.

    Find A Therapist. Sue B

    Sue Brackstone
    Life Coach

    Offering: 1-1 Coaching
    Availability: Monday – Thursday daytime Monday & Tuesday Evening
    Fees: £65 per hour
    Frequency: As needed
    Locations: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
    Also at: at OTS-Witney 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. ClareJ

    Claire Jacques
    Integrative Psychotherapist & Counsellor

    Offering: Weekly one-to-one therapy
    Availability: Monday p.m., Wednesday p.m., Friday daytime
    Fees: £45-£55 per 50 min session
    Frequency: Weekly
    Location:OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I work in a compassionate, non- judgmental and respectful way with clients from all walks of life on a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. I am an integrative therapist which means I have been trained in a range of psychotherapeutic approaches and am able to tailor my approach to fit your specific needs. As we explore your current difficulties we may look at the emotional, social and physical aspects of your experience. We will look at your present as well as your past experiences, which influence how you live now and the relationships you have with other people. Working collaboratively in this way can help you make sense of what you are feeling and why, giving you a deeper understanding of yourself, finding new ways to cope, and different ways of responding to your current difficulties.

    I have worked in the legal profession for many years and so understand the challenges of working in a high-pressured professional environment. I have particular experience working with business people/academics and exploring the impact that a high-pressured environment can have on emotional wellbeing as well as the issues that may arise from a conflict between your work environment and personal life.

    Following a B.A. (Hons) in History and French (Birmingham University,1998), I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Law and qualified as a solicitor in 2003.

    In my corporate life, I have headed up diversity & inclusion groups since 2007 and so working with and respecting difference is a core part of my practice. I am also familiar with mentoring and coaching approaches.

    In addition to my private client work I have worked in the charitable sector, as a counsellor for the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (Ealing, London) and initially as a counsellor and now as an assessor at The Listening Centre (which offers a low-cost counselling service in Oxford).

    Training & Qualifications:

    MSc. Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London)
    Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London)
    Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Metanoia Institute).
    Foundation certificate in counselling and psychotherapy (Regents College, London, School of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

    Registered Bodies:
    UKCP Registered
    BACP Registered
    UKAPI member (UK Association for Psychotherapy Integration)
    OTS member

    Find A Therapist. CateP

    Cate Potter
    Psycho-analytic Psychotherapist

    Offering: One-to-one therapy
    Availability: Tue/Wed afternoon, Thurs eve,Friday
    Fees: £50 (3 x £10 - £30 places)
    Frequency: Weekly (Up to 3 x p.w.)
    Location: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre
    Also at: OTS-Witney Therapy Centre

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    Approach & Specialist Areas:
    I offer a psycho-analytically informed, non-judgmental thinking space where we can explore the feelings and thoughts that are concerning you as well as ways of being, often habitual, that you may feel are no longer serving you. With a warm and adaptable approach I aim to facilitate understanding of your internal world and your individual needs together with what you would like to be different in your life. I will often focus on our experience of each other in the room and the illumination this may give about specific or more typical relational difficulties you experience as well as who I may become for you in the session.

    I see the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative and supportive alliance attuned to underlying beliefs about ourselves and those around us as well as a space that at times can be charged with difficult emotions. Given trust, openness and an experience of safety in the therapeutic relationship, working through powerful feelings such as anger or sadness is essential for self -understanding and moving forward.

    Historically I have worked with and been interested in those with personality difficulties that have developed as result of experiencing trauma and loss. There are many ways that trauma and loss can inhibit being able to live a fulfilling life; and, often ways of coping that are self-destructive, isolating and self-defeating develop in the absence of sound guidance and love. Understandably these ways of coping self-perpetuate into adulthood if they are not uncovered and thought about. Although the trauma and loss cannot be removed I would aim to help people come to a place where self-destructive thoughts and feelings can be experienced and processed as survivable with the hope for a more life enhancing outlook on oneself and the external world.

    I also work with anxiety and depression, including bipolar disorder, as well as difficulties in adjusting to life changes such as divorce, bereavement, moving home or changing jobs. Such difficulties in adjusting may take the form of an addiction, angry outbursts, symptoms of stress and relationship breakdowns. Addressing such symptoms in therapy can help build resilience and autonomy to the changes and different stages that emerge within our lives.

    I trained as a psychotherapist at the Arbours Association after a 15 year career as a mental health nurse in inner city London. Much of my training took place within the Arbour’s therapeutic communities in North London and so I have learned and favoured practicing with a strong relational style. As well as this I have always held the belief that it is possible to discover an easier and more adaptive way of living with mental distress and destructive thoughts. I am also one of the nationwide therapists working for the Clinic for Dissociative Studies in London.

    Training & Qualifications:
    Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

    Registered Bodies:
    OTS Member
    Association of Arbours Psychotherapists
    UKCP Registered

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