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1-to-1 Counselling & Psychotherapy - Group Therapy & Workshops in Oxford and Witney

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Join the OTS Community of Practitioners

There are several ways of 'joining OTS' as either a full member, a student member, or an affiliate member. As an organisation, we want to find a balance between being inclusive, open to all kinds of practitioners from across the approaches, whilst at the same time needing to emphasise the collaborative and community nature of the organisation to maximise cohesiveness. Very similar to the way we try to match clients with therapists when making referrals, we are looking for a fit between new members and the established culture of OTS. This means we cannot take on every practitioner, but need to go through a process of establishing the fit between yourself and the community.

So depending on your interest - whether for a placement, to become a full community member, or to hire therapy rooms in Oxford or Witney, we have different application processes to go through.

Affiliate Members: are members who either just hire therapy rooms from us in Oxford or Witney, or who receive referrals from us once we have got to know them, but don't take a full part in the life of our community.

Student members: are trainees who may or may not have a placement with us.

Full members: everyone else who is a part of the OTS community!

If you would like to enquire about becoming a member please email us or call us for further information.


OTS is a growing group of Oxfordshire practitioners
who have been attracted by our vision, charitable focus, activities, and the supportive community we are developing.

A Community of Practitioners

The OTS Vision

Achievements & Ambitions

The OTS Charity

The OTS Financial Structure

Joining OTS


A Community of Practitioners

OTS started with 16 members in 2015, and now has around 40 practitioners from various approaches to counselling & therapy that are building a thriving community. In what has traditionally been an isolated profession with therapists only mixing with practitioners from their own training, OTS is breaking the mould of how things used to be.

We are building a multimodality community of practitioners. Various members meet regularly for:

  • training & workshops
  • personal & professional development groups
  • supervision groups
  • members led by meetings
  • meetings to share experiences, ideas and drink coffee!

    We are creating a community who work together, train together, socialise together, and are building an organisation that will create our vision. We are interested to hear from practitioners from all areas of psychological work who feel inspired by this vision and interested in the open culture of professional development which we are offering, and we invite applications from interested professionals. We also welcome enquiries from any therapists in training who may be interested in our placement service which is an important part of OTS.



  • The OTS Vision

    OTS-Oxfordshire Therapy & Self-Development was set up by Justin Smith, Annalisa Caldon & Michael Soth to develop a more accessible and comprehensive first port of call for therapeutic support as well as to raise the profile of, and grow interest in the work of therapists counsellors and other professional working in the therapeutic, psychological and developmental professions. Anyone unsure about the bewildering multitude of psychological therapies and personal development activities available in the area will find unbiased information, assessment and referral as well as educational events at OTS to help them clarify their needs.

    Offering a range of referral routes and therapeutic options which can be tailored to an individual in terms of approach, intensity, frequency, cost and other factors, OTS will provide the one-stop solution for therapy in the region. From free educational events to workshops and ongoing regular groups, from low-cost individual and group therapy to in-depth psychotherapy & counselling, from short-term to long-term therapy within a wide variety of therapeutic orientations, OTS is developing the network and resources to meet clients’ differing needs.

    When people first discovered that cleaning your teeth brings with it lots of benefits like longer lasting teeth, a nicer smile and healthier gums, it took off as something most of us now do regularly. This is how we take care of our teeth. But how do we take of our emotional intelligence and wellbeing? How do we take care of that? Engaging in activities that support our experience as human beings in living our lives more effectively, easily, and happily has not yet become as normal as cleaning our teeth. This is partly because other than seeing a counsellor or therapist when life becomes really difficult, most people don’t know what is available. This is why OTS has been set up.

    Most people look for some form of counselling or psychotherapy when something goes wrong in life, a crisis, or a desire for life to be better in some way; so, many people now know about the existence and value of psychotherapy and counselling. There are two things however, that people don’t really know about or understand: one is the confusing range of different types of counselling and therapy out there; and secondly, that there are many other avenues which can support and enhance what is for all of us quite a challenge – how to do life well!

    Workshops and groups aren’t as mainstream as individual counselling and psychotherapy, but they are often more cost effective for those on lower incomes. They can also be very useful alongside and as an additional support for people already having individual counselling or therapy. That is why one of the main parts of out vision is to support the creation of a wide range of groups in our region, to meet a variety of needs.

    OTS are building a network and community of excellence - professionals who can offer a broad range of services to both members of the public, and fellow professionals.



    OTS Achievements & Ambitions

    Achievements

    Since we launched OTS in early 2015 with a number open days, we have achieved quite a lot towards our vision. We will continue to add to this list as we achieve new objectives. So far we have:

  • established a second therapy centre in Oxford
  • delivered talks to the wider community - both the public and other practitioners
  • set up placement supervision groups
  • set up a personal/professional development group which is in it's third year.
  • established a therapy group for the public - also in it's third year, with an OTS member as an assistant in the group.
  • developed our associate trainers programme
  • run free CPD events for the wider professional community
  • held social events
  • set up Facebook & LinkedIn pages
  • started developing links with other organisations.
  • provided accounts showing the organisation is financially thriving in a culture of transparency
  • continued to attract a steady flow of interested new members
  • produced regular internal and external newsletters
  • set up an 0800 number
  • produced a Safeguarding Policy and a Health and Safety Policy to coincide with the OTS Handbook, which will be out soon.
  • gradually increased membership this year, and developed a number of affiliates, including most practitioners that work at OTS-Witney.
  • established an OTS Open Programme of talks for the public
  • established an OTS workshop series for couple work
  • started an Open Programme for therapists
  • established member roles of: Administrator, Placement Co-ordinator, CPD Co-ordinator, and Community Member Group Leader

    Ambitions

    OTS is a long term ambitious multifaceted project, which as it grows will reach further into the community in many diverse ways. The current aims we have in our sights are:
  • We are well underway with a very big project to take all our reporting, admin and room booking systems on line, to make them more efficient
  • Group Therapist & Facilitator Training – In 2018 we will formalize our plans to offer an extensive training course to develop more practitioners able to run OTS groups for the community
  • The Low-Cost And Placement Partnership - We have begun talks with other placement and low-cost services in the area to explore how we can develop cooperative links
  • We want to set up a charity to provide funds for low cost group work
  • We want to continue to develop a wide range of therapy groups - short term & long terms, as well as a range of support groups
  • We want to develop a wide range of links between different sectors of the 'helping professions' so we develop a dialogue for 'joined-up-thinking'
  • We want to develop a wide range of resources for the public and professionals alike




  • The OTS Charity

    It is not news to most of us that mental health services are inadequate and extremely narrow in the range of options available. Many with more complex needs are waiting up to 2-years for support, and the services that are on offer are inadequate to be of much use to many people.

    In the last two years, OTS has been running a therapy group in Witney, the outcomes of which clearly support our mission to provide a wide range of therapy groups in the region. Group therapy has not only been shown to be very effective when compared with individual therapy in many cases, but is also comparatively cost effective.

    Nevertheless - , even group therapy fees are beyond the reach of many people for private sector group therapy.

    Our aim is to set up a separate charity - 'OTS Therapy Groups' - which can both train practitioners and offer group therapy on a much lower cost basis. To do so effectively will take some time and planning, and we are still gathering people and resources to be able to develop this initiative. If you are interested in any capacity, let us know!



    Financial Structure

    OTS has a philosophy of transparency, so each year all accounts are published for members to view and discuss. On the face of it, it is a very simple system, but one that is easier to understand once you are working within it. Here are the essential points:

  • 'Everyone' at OTS pays 10% of whatever income they earn through OTS referrals into OTS.
  • Half of this money (5%) is paid to whichever member sourced the referral. e.g. if a member is full, they can refer an enquiry on to OTS
  • The remaining 5% form OTS operating funds.

    What happens to these funds? Here are the essential points of what the funds are used for:

  • As we have a sliding scale for the fee for assessments, the fund is used to cover the cost of assessing clients.
  • Web site development and fees
  • Any room hire fees incurred

    So far, no-one has been paid anything for the work done in developing OTS. We are developing it as a community resource and vision for what needs to happen in the filed of mental health and wellbeing. As we grow, we are incurring more costs to develop for example on an online system to handle our monthly reporting and payments systems. We anticipate that at some point, we will be in a position to pay more people for the work they take on for the different roles in OTS. For example:

  • Administration
  • CPD Co-ordination
  • Newsletter Production
  • Social Media
  • Websites development



  • Joining OTS

    There are several ways of 'joining OTS' as either a full member, a student member, or an affiliate member. As an organisation, we want to find a balance between being inclusive, open to all kinds of practitioners from across the approaches, whilst at the same time needing to emphasise the collaborative and community nature of the organisation to maximise cohesiveness. Very similar to the way we try to match clients with therapists when making referrals, we are looking for a fit between new members and the established culture of OTS. This means we cannot take on every practitioner, but need to go through a process of establishing the fit between yourself and the community. As a community member there will be many opportunities to grow and be supported your development, without any obligations to take on responsibilities unless desired.

    So depending on your interest - whether for a placement, to become a full community member, or to hire therapy rooms in Oxford or Witney, we have different application processes to go through.

    Affiliate Members: are members who either just hire therapy rooms from us in Oxford or Witney, or who receive referrals from us once we have got to know them, but don't take a full part in the life of our community.

    Student members: are trainees who may or may not have a placement with us.

    Full members: everyone else who is a part of the OTS community!

    If you would like to enquire about becoming a member please email us or call us for further information.


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