Psychotherapy & Counselling Oxford

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Psychotherapy & counselling in Oxford

The journey of being human has many challenges and transitions: starting a new family; relationships ending and new ones beginning; unexpected or chronic health or mental health difficulties; finding satisfying work; finding new meaning in middle and later life and; how to reconcile who we are with who we aspire to be. Finding compassion for ourselves through our difficulties is hard to do alone. Psychotherapy offers you a confidential time to talk with an experienced practitioner to find a way through these difficulties - a way that enriches and enlivens you, and enables you to live a fuller life.

I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist practising in east Oxford. I provide psychotherapy and counselling in a warm, accepting and helpfully challenging environment.

I am experienced in helping clients who have difficulties with :

  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Managing their feelings, or lack of feeling
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Personality disorders
  • Childhood trauma
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Sports performance
  • Chronic physical pain that maybe emotionally or psychologically related
  • Embodiment and body image
  • Self-esteem

  • An integrated approach

    I am an integrative psychotherapist, bringing together contemporary body psychotherapy, psychodynamic, and gestalt approaches.

    This means that, while the psychotherapy sessions mostly involve talking, I:

    - pay particular attention to the interplay between the body and mind, as often the intellect does not have all the answers. Attention may be drawn to physically felt sensations in the body, the breath, gestures, and impulses to move in a particular way, which may indicate underlying conflicts causing stress, depression and anxiety, which are not fully conscious.

    - work with the here-and-now experience of the client. There is no need to tell me about your childhood as an experienced practitioner will help you see the patterns of relating that are re-created in the present and how they contribute to the issues you bring to therapy.

    - have an in-depth understanding of the structure and operation of the psyche; it’s core conflicts (eg, the desire for connection and the fear of the pain involved) and the ways we defend against feeling how we really feel.

    - will actively work with you in focussed sessions to alleviate your symptoms and the underlying dynamics to bring about the changes you want.

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