Everyone’s experience of therapy is different, but you can expect a safe, warm space and kind encouragement as your process unfolds.
The Psychotherapy I offer in Oxfordshire provides time and space to investigate any material that is important for you.
We will gradually build a relationship, and using this as a vehicle we can explore how you relate to others and the world around you.
As part of this work there will be an emphasis on present moment experience and an exploration of sensations, thoughts, emotions, words, and images that seem important. These experiences provide a gateway for you to become aware of habitual ways of seeing the world. This awareness is an important part in the process of change.
To support you in this exploration I will endeavour to provide a safe, warm space and offer kind encouragement as your process unfolds. I will welcome whatever emerges in our work together and offer reflection if it feels appropriate.
This work tends to be longer term, as it seeks to address deeply rooted tendencies and patterns and bring about lasting transformation.
An initial consultation allows us to meet and consider whether our working together would benefit you.
During this difficult time I have taken the decision to move my practise online – we can meet on Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or Teams.
To support those in financial difficulty I am offering a sliding-fee scale: please pay what you are able to.
Do get in touch if you have any questions.
Before beginning therapy there are things that will be useful to know
Anyone over 18 is welcome, regardless of race, creed, religion or lack of religion, sexuality, sex, gender, age, history of offending or any other identifier.
It may be that I decide we’re not suited to working together, but in that case I will always try to refer you to someone more suitable.
Everyone’s journey through the therapeutic process is unique, and research in this area is
challenging, however, there is good evidence showing that psychotherapy is effective in helping
In 2006 Professor Allan Abbass of Dalhousie University published the results of a meta analysis
incorporating 26 studies in the prestigious Chochrane Library, showing that even psychotherapy
lasting under a year could bring significant benefit. He found that the effect size was a high .97.
This compares to a typical effect size of .68 for CBT and .31 for common medications. Importantly, after looking at the results of follow up assessments, he noted that these improvements seemed to be lasting.
A study of people suffering Depression conducted by the NHS found that people who received psychotherapy showed much better rates of recovery compared to normal NHS treatments (typically medication or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Therapy is open ended. If we agree to work together we begin with a six week period after which we review the experience.
You can end the work whenever you feel ready, although I ask that you give me 4 weeks notice.
People commonly come for between 6 and 24 months.
Sessions are weekly at a regular time and place.
The first session provides you with a chance to talk with me about what brings you to therapy
and to see if you would like to work together. We will discuss your problem, practicalities (session
times, etc.) and address any questions that you have.
This session is offered at no cost and lasts 50 minutes.
We will agree a contract that describes our mutual commitments, including confidentiality and how we deal with breaks and absences.
My training is in Core Process Psychotherapy, which draws on western psychotheraputic theory and Buddhist psychology.
It is an approach which tries to do justice to the whole person including mind, body and spirit. It recognises the self-healing capacities of the client and works towards an authentic meeting of equals in the therapy relationship.
While I work towards full accreditation I can offer a reduced rate of £40.
I ask that you pay this monthly in advance by credit or debit card or PayPal. You can also pay weekly in advance but there is a small admin fee.
If you prefer you can bring cash to the sessions.
I’d be happy to hear from you