A confidential space to explore the thoughts, feelings and challenges in your life.
Sometimes life is not easy - relationship difficulties, low mood, depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress within the family or workplace can impact on self-esteem, leaving feelings of rejection, confusion, worry or uncertainty about the future.
Talking to an experienced, professional counsellor can help you resolve or understand the issues which are causing emotional or physical distress. In a conversation with a counsellor you may want to explore your relationship, experiences in your past, disappointments, communication difficulties , depression or issues you would like to change which may be affecting your happiness now.
I work in Oxford in a well established private practice. I rent quiet, comfortable therapy rooms in Raleigh Park Clinic Botley with easy access to the the ring road and parking or regular bus routes. I also offer appointments electronically usually via Zoom or telephone. Click here for more details on my location, sessions & fees.
There is further information on my 'Working Together' page which explains our contract for therapy.
I am also a Registered, Accredited member of the BACP and adhere to the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions: www.bacp.co.uk
Counselling can help with a wide range of situations including improving relationships, coming to terms with separation, anger or disappointment, coping with loss or bereavement, being a carer, adapting to life changes such as becoming a family, post-natal depression, anxiety, children leaving home, redundancy and retirement. The counsellor's role is to listen, understand and sometimes question ideas or behaviours to enable you to make decisions, changes or reach acceptance of a situation. Talking to a professional counsellor can help you resolve or understand issues which are causing emotional or physical distress.
I aim to provide safe, non-judgemental counselling, a place for you to talk through your issues enabling you to better understand the distress you are experiencing and make the changes you hope for. Talking with an experienced counsellor can help address the problems you face now and provide strategies for coping in the future.
Many clients come to me through personal recommendation from their friends or GP.
I specialise in counselling individuals, couples and families using an integration of psychodynamic, systemic and narrative therapy.
Initially I invite you to have a short telephone conversation to outline how you hope counselling will help, the problems or issues you are experiencing. We can then talk about how we might work together. It is important that you feel comfortable with my style of counselling and that I am able to offer the help you are looking for. If you want to proceed we book a first appointment: to meet in person or online. I then routinely ask people to take a day or so to decide if they want to book further sessions. You are welcome to come alone or with a partner or friend. If the focus for counselling is a couple relationship it is helpful if you both meet me at the first appointment although if you decide to continue with counselling I routinely invite each of you to meet and talk with me on your own, at least once. Many couples prefer to mix joint sessions with individual appointments to enable them to explore how they want to improve or change their relationship.
I appreciate it can be difficult to talk to a stranger at first and I will try to put you at ease. Any questions you may have can be answered on the phone before your first appointment. Once we start working together I offer appointment flexibility, with if you choose potentially a mix of zoom and person to person sessions . You are not tied to a fixed day or time, I understand childcare, work or finances can restrict appointments. Please let me know if you have particular difficulties. Please click here for more information about sessions and fees.
My Background & Experience
Life experience and professional training has shaped me as a therapist. Originally I trained as a Registered General Nurse and worked for the NHS for 40 years in a wide range of jobs including acute and community care, sexual health, maternal and family health. I realised early in my nursing career that to physically heal a patient was not enough, to support people and their families manage difficult times I needed a different set of skills and an understanding of wider issues. Initially drawn to grief and bereavement counselling in the 1980s, over the years as my professional and personal experience grew I continued extensive training and university studies to enable me to offer counselling to a wide range of clients coping with a variety of issues.
I worked for several years for Relate and gained considerable experience in working with couples from a wide range of backgrounds. I have an Advanced Certificate in Eating Disorders and I am trained in The Rewind Technique for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Clients come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Some of the difficulties I am experienced in helping with are:
“We worked on our marriage but eventually decided to separate. Tricia listened with care and patience and we were supported every step of the way.”
“Thank you for your calm, kind, professional approach.”
“Counselling helped me see a future.”
“Thank you, I needed to talk about really difficult, personal stuff.”
“Sometime sessions were exhausting. I was very nervous but Tricia didn’t rush me and put at ease.”
I work from therapy rooms located in West Oxford, two miles from the city centre and just off the ring-road. Parking is available. Please let me know if you have any mobility difficulties.
Zoom or telephone appointments are offered to clients who prefer to work remotely.
Raleigh Park Clinic
45 Raleigh Park Road
Oxford, OX2 9AR
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and charges are £65 per session I also offer Zoom or telephone sessions if you are not comfortable meeting face-to-face or are not within reach of Oxford.
I ask for payment paid by bank transfer, cheque or cash.
I am able to offer a flexible model of therapy that fits your needs for short or longer term work with appointments available during the day or evening Monday - Friday and usually two Saturdays each month.
Once we start our work together I offer flexibility to fit round your commitments, work or finances.
Raleigh Park Clinic
A simple explanation would be that counselling helps you to talk about things that are causing you distress or worry. Psychotherapy takes a deeper approach, enabling you to explore where some of your distress may originate from or understand how experiences may influence your beliefs or behaviours.
The BACP is the leading professional body for the counselling professions in the UK. To be a Registered member requires therapists to have completed a recognised training course, to maintain their professional development and to engage in confidential clinical supervision where they discuss (without disclosing client details) themes or dilemmas with their supervisor to ensure their work with clients is ethical, safe and appropriate.
Registered members of the BACP adhere to the Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. Accreditation of members is a further recognition of their professional standards and experience. Therapists cannot apply for accreditation until they have completed several hundreds of hours of working with clients. Applicants are required to submit a detailed professional portfolio to the Accreditation Panel where it is rigorously scrutinised to ensure the highest standards are met. I am pleased to hold Accreditation as I believe it reflects my professional approach to my work as a counsellor and psychotherapist.
Charges are £65 per session.
I ask for payment paid by bank transfer, cheque or cash.