What kind of problems can you help me with?
We recognise that life can be difficult for all of us from time to time. We can help with these difficulties whether it is a temporary crisis or life transition, ongoing emotional distress, the aftermath of trauma, the stresses and growing pains of life or the wish for a more fulfilling everyday experience; OTS can help to find an appropriate, effective and affordable therapeutic route for you.
Whether there is a clear diagnosis (like depression, anxiety, etc) or an unlabelled experience of emotional or mental pain, or just a ‘felt sense’ that 'things could be better'; whether it is an identified outer problem, a relationship difficulty or an inner sense of turmoil, confusion or emptiness, there are many more ways of addressing the psychological challenges of life than the average person knows about – OTS aims to make that accumulated richness of human understanding and wisdom available to everybody seeking help.
What do you offer? Which services do I need?
Assessment & Referral
If you are not sure what would be best for you, please contact us, and we can offer you an initial interview to explore what would work best for you:
Therapy Groups (both ongoing and time-limited) and self-development workshops in Oxford and Witney: working with anxiety, depression, self esteem, parenting, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, addictions, abuse etc.; for some, group therapy can be a better, more productive and/or more affordable option than individual therapy.
A Low-Cost Therapy & Counselling Service: There are many people who can’t realistically afford the typical cost of individual therapy sessions with experienced practitioners, which typically range from £45 to £80, depending on the practitioner. If group therapy is not appropriate, we can offer low-cost therapy with advanced trainees (who are in regular supervision with us), with newly qualified practitioners and with experienced practitioners who offer some low cost places from £20 - £45 per session. If you feel you require or would like to consider a low cost place, then you will be able to register this on the application form if you...
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We would also recommend you have a look at the further information on the FAQ page which tells you how the low cost service operates.
We run workshops on a regular basis in the evenings and weekend mornings. Our newsletters will update you on new events as they are advertised.
See our resources pages for additional resources, links and book lists
Support, supervision and development groups - for counsellors, therapists, life and business coaches and other helping professionals.
What to do next
If you want an initial interview to explore the best options for you or to be referred to a suitable counsellor or psychotherapist, you can either:
- Justin on 07977 126330 for interviews in Witney and general enquiries, or
- Annalisa on 01865 429632 for interviews in Oxford
You can read more information about the current therapy groups and workshops we offer in the options menu here.
You can also explore the differences between individual psychotherapy / counselling and group therapy in the options menu here .
Information for Referring & Practicing Professionals
At OTS, we believe in maximum diversity and choice for clients and patients, and helping them make informed choices, with as little professional and self-serving bias as possible. In order to achieve this, we advocate transparent communication and co-operation between different services, agencies and disciplines. We support the increasing integration, cross-fertilisation and mutual understanding between different helping professions, and to this end offer specific resources and information about the different types and formats of counselling and psychotherapy to our colleagues across the various disciplines.
Free Talks At Witney Therapy Centre
Knowing Yourself & Being Effective
A talk, workshop & taster event for anyone with a mind to discover more ...
Talks will be organised at regular intervals depending on the number of people registering interest. So please register yours but emailing us, and we will keep you updated!
This free talk is an opportunity to explore questions such as:
The style of the talks will be conversational around these questions, so each talk is different. Knowing yourself and being effective, the title of the talk, runs through all of the many forms of counselling, psychotherapy and various therapy groups.
So …. how come you have read this far? Why would anyone would be attracted by a title including and championing the idea of ‘knowing yourself’? Don’t we all know ourselves anyway? Your interest might just reflect the fact that when we consider the idea of knowing ourselves, we have an intuition that there is more to us than we ourselves can see; that life holds more possibilities for us than we have managed to achieve; whether it be in work, love, inner satisfaction etc.
The conversational experience of this talk, gives it the feel of a workshop and taster session so that you can form an impression of working within a supportive group of others, all interested in having a better experience of life.
It will give you space to think about what actually supports you in life, and what gets in the way of you having the life you want; and develop your understanding of the processes which impact how we think and feel, and how we interact with others and life in general.
About the Talk Leader:
Justin has worked as an integrative & relational group & individual therapist, supervisor & trainer for over 20 years. He runs the Witney Therapy Centre and is a director of ‘OTS - Oxfordshire Therapy & Self Development'.
What to do next...
Apply to join a talk - by phoning or emailing Justin. Places are limited, but you can also register your interest for future workshops.
Subscribe to the OTS Newsletter in the right hand column to be kept up-to-date.
If you are looking for counselling, psychotherapy, a therapy group, or self-development workshops in Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Carterton, Oxford or Witney, you will find more information in the ‘Options’ dropdown menu.
Assistance in finding the right person or option
In order to refer you to a suitable therapist or group, the best option is an initial assessment & referral session. Alternatively, if you feel you do not need an assessment & referral session, and would prefer a short referral call on the phone, please let me know convenient dates and times when I can call you. A call like that might be sufficient if you are only looking for a few sessions of counselling; or if you already have a pretty clear idea of the type of counsellor/therapist and approach you are looking for (usually based on your previous experience).
Assessment and Referral Appointments
The purpose of such a session is to help you find the right therapist and approach to therapy for you.
we will have the opportunity to discuss what made you look for counselling/therapy at this point, so we can understand what you need and want from therapy.
we can explore together the background and history of your issues, your aims and objectives for counselling/therapy, your current life situation and how counselling/therapy would fit into it.
we will also take into account any previous experience you have of different types of psychological help, as that will help us get an idea what works for you and what doesn’t.
we can then decide together what the options are and what the best way forward is. If 1-1 work is indeed the best option, we can find someone who will fit your needs and requirements and works well with you.
Finding the right therapist to fit with you and what you are wanting to achieve in counselling/therapy is the most important factor that determines how beneficial the process might be.
An initial assessment & referral appointment takes about one hour.
Let us know if you would like to arrange an appointment, and details of your availability.
The fee for this appointment is a minimum of £25, and a maximum of whatever (per session) limit you give us to help you find your therapist. This is to allow people that need to to access the low-cost OTS service. You can find information on the cost of sessions in the next section.
If you want to discuss any of this, please phone or email us or you can....
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