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

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Current Groups & Workshops


On this page you can find a list of all the groups and workshops we are currently offering.
New events and groups will be developed and become available continuously - to be kept up to date with our developing programme, please subscribe to our quarterly newsletter using the form on the right.

Each group and workshop has its own venue, fee, and joining instructions, as detailed for each event.

Further information about our group / workshop leaders can be found on the 'About Us' Page.
If you are looking for a specific type of group or workshop, but you don’t see it here, please email us, and we will see if one can be set up, or we will put you in touch with a suitable group if possible.

We are committed to helping you find the most suitable and effective format and therapeutic approach available in the Oxfordshire area, before you make any significant commitment. In order to do that, we have developed an in-depth application and interview procedure to help you explore the best options for you first.


Therapy Groups
a. Group Therapy - Witney
b. Art As Therapy Group

Free Workshops & Taster Sessions
a. Knowing Yourself & Being Effective
b. Group Therapy – what is it & why would I do it?
c. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Therapy....

Groups & Workshops for Practitioners
a. Professional Development Group for the Helping Professions

Other Events
a. Parenting Course
b. Workshops in Creative Movement and Dance



Therapy Groups

Weekly Therapy Groups – Witney
These are open-ended groups with a general focus.

Time & Date:

  • Tuesday 7pm – 9.30pm, or
  • Friday 1pm - 3.30pm

    How we relate to ourselves and others is at the heart of how we experience life and respond to the various difficulties and challenges that being human entails. Throughout our lives, we all develop ‘habitual’ ways of relating, behaving, feeling and perceiving. But as neuroscience research now supports, we are often on auto-pilot, and not fully aware of all of our habitual patterns. These patterns are likely to manifest in a therapy group, and many people find it to be a very productive setting and an unusually safe place for exploring and experimenting with these habitual patterns.

    It is in the nature of group therapy that you will be invited to explore new ways of relating. However, there is no expectation that you will stretch yourself beyond your willingness, as it is important that the group develops as a safe place; when we try out new things, we don't try them out in a dangerous situation, we try them out in a safe place. Group therapy is a very rare and unusual creative social space precisely because there is this balance between safety, and a commitment to explore and experiment.

    The group, with a diversity of members, becomes a microcosm of our lives, and grows more effective and efficient over time, as you learn to use the group to experiment and to reflect on the different responses and reactions each member has, enabling you to discover new ways of living more joyously, harmoniously and effectively.

    Justin works as an integrative relational group therapist and will support group members in developing relationships with each other to support each person’s individual goals.

    You can read more about how groups work, and why they are so effective here.

    Requirements:

    An initial interview will be required, and in the first instance, you should complete the short application form here.

    You are asked to make a commitment to coming for the first 12 weeks, as this is needed for you to settle into the group. After 9 weeks, you are asked if you want to continue with the group beyond the 12-week point, to allow for a short period of ending if you aren’t continuing. Ongoing group members are asked to give about 12 weeks notice if they intend to leave the group, again to allow for ending well. The group runs for approximately 40 weeks each year, with dates planned in advance.

    Group Leader:
    Justin Smith

    Venue:
    Witney Therapy Centre
    2a Corn Street
    Witney
    OX28 6BL
    (Location Map)

    You can apply to join either group, as new members join at intervals throughout the year if a space becomes available, or, register for a new group. It is anticipated that the Friday group will start in September 2017 or shortly after, as we now have members registered for this group with some spaces still available.

    Suitability:
    These groups are suitable for most people seeking group therapy, though an initial interview will help to clarify this, or whether a group with a more specific focus for example would be a better option.

    Fee:
    Between £20 - £45 per session payable monthly in advance. Fee to be discussed at interview according to affordability.

    Interview fee:
    £52 payable only after your application has been received and acknowledged.

    At least 10% of all fees above £30 go to fund any reduced fee places.

    Click Here    To apply to join one of these groups





    Art As Therapy
    This is a small weekly group specifically for people who are struggling with, for example:
  • stress related issues
  • bereavement
  • anxiety or depression

    The group is aimed at professional people who may be taking some time out of work and are looking for a supportive and therapeutic environment to aid their recovery. Group members will have the opportunity to choose what they want to make from a range of different arts / crafts activities such as, mosaics, rag-rugging, furniture painting, decoupage and more. All the materials can be purchased at the first session and all the equipment needed will be provided. There will be no more than 6 people in the group and you don’t need any artistic skills or experience.

    Life can be stressful!
    In creating we concentrate - we relax
    and we become absorbed in what we are doing.
    Hence, for a while we escape whatever is troubling us.


    If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxed, supportive and creative ‘space’ then give this group a try. If you are interested in joining please

    Click Here    To apply to join one of these groups

    We can then arrange between us a good time to have a phone conversation prior to you paying and joining.

    Group Leader:
    Jo Smith

    Venue:
    Carterton (West Oxfordshire) 


    Time & Date:
    2-hours per session.

    Fee:
    £20 per session (Pay for the first 4 sessions as a deposit, then for 1 session at a time thereafter.

    Deposit Fee:
    £20 is payable once your application has been received and we have discussed it on the phone. Following payment, I will confirm your start date in the group, and arrangements for paying the remaining £60 of your initial commitment.

    Click Here    To apply to join one of these groups
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  • Workshops & Taster Sessions

    Knowing Yourself & Being Effective!

    This workshop will explore questions such as: How did we become who we are; what makes relationships difficult; why are emotions so problematic; why did my therapy not work; how do you live a more joyous life; what is love; and many others. The style of the workshop will be conversational around these questions, and people can come to more than one workshop, as each one will be different.

    These workshops will help develop your understanding of the unconscious processes which impact how we think and feel, and how we interact with others and life in general; they can be used to think about what actually supports us in life, and what gets in the way of us having the life we want.


    Group Leader:
    Justin Smith

    Venue:
    Witney Therapy Centre
    2a Corn Street
    Witney
    OX28 6BL
    (Location Map)

    Time & Date:
    Regular Sunday mornings 10am - 12pm
    & Friday evenings 7pm -9pm

    Fee:
    Free

    Please complete the Application Form here.




    Group Therapy Taster Session – what is it & why would I do it?

    The recognition of shared experiences and feelings among group members and that these may be widespread or universal human concerns, serves to remove a group member's sense of isolation, validate their experiences, and raise self-esteem. This workshop will explore what group therapy is, how it works, what to expect, and give you a taste of a group experience to see if it is something you would like to take further by joining an ongoing group. Have a look at the testimonials section in the right-hand column!

    Group Leader:
    Justin Smith

    Venue:
    Witney Therapy Centre
    2a Corn Street
    Witney
    OX28 6BL
    (Location Map)

    Time & Date:
    Regular Sunday mornings 10am - 12pm
    & Friday evenings 7pm -9pm

    Fee:
    Free
    Please complete the Application Form here




    Everything you always wanted to ask about therapy …
    A question and answer session to help you find your way through the therapeutic maze

    The fields of counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis do not have a good track record for communicating openly and clearly with the general public. Speaking in a multitude of insider jargons, with competing and conflicting theories, each claiming to be better than anything else, it’s next to impossible for the ordinary layperson to see the wood for the trees.
    At the last count, there now exist more than 400 distinct therapeutic approaches.
    How do you find the ‘right’ therapy or therapist for yourself or for a loved one?

    In this open workshop session, Michael will attempt to answer all your questions in a way that is informative, accessible, impartial, and engaging.

    Michael has been running an assessment and referral service in Oxfordshire for nearly 25 years, and has a reputation for helping people find a good match between client and therapist. This ‘fit’ is crucial in establishing a good working alliance, which is one of the key factors for a productive outcome of therapy. In order to do this well, he relies on a fairly nonpartisan and unbiased appreciation of the many diverse therapeutic approaches available.
    Michael is known for his uniquely wide integration of all the therapeutic approaches, recognising the strengths and weaknesses of each of the traditions.

    Group Leader:
    Michael Soth

    Venue:
    Witney Therapy Centre
    2a Corn Street
    Witney
    OX28 6BL
    (Location Map)

    Time & Date:
    Sunday mornings 10am - 12pm

    Fee:
    Free



    Groups & Workshops for Practitioners

    Professional Development Group for the Helping Professions
    Practitioners working psychologically and developmentally with clients/patients

    This is a rare opportunity to deepen your awareness and appreciation 
of the relational dynamics in the therapeutic relationship, which is increasingly understood to be at the heart of the outcome of therapeutic and developmental work.

    This group is particularly rare, as it is open to counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, coaches and other professionals in the helping professions. This multi-modal dynamic makes for a rich learning environment, in which we will use both the process of the group and your client work to develop a deeper awareness of the impact inter and intrapersonal dynamics have on the client relationship. Justin believes that by embracing whole-heartedly the difficulties, paradoxes, shadow aspects and complexities of the client/practitioner process, we stand the best chance of doing justice to our clients, as well as our own authority, effectiveness and satisfaction as a practitioner.

    Justin will be facilitating this monthly group of 6 - 8 members. His style is relational and integrative, so practitioners from all modalities, orientations and areas of the helping professions are invited to apply, and will find plenty of opportunities to learn from the diversity within the group.

    The group for September '17 has one place left and is set for a variety of Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings. A new group will start on Tuesdays, as and when here are sufficient members registered. Please contact me for me details.

    There is an initial commitment for 1 year (9 sessions) for these groups – dates to be confirmed once we have established all group members and a definite start date. If you are interested in but are unable to make Tuesdays, let us know, and you will add you to a list for if a group gets set up at a different time.

    Please contact us for further information, and sign up for the newsletter to be kept up to date.

    Group Leader:
    Justin Smith

    Venue:
    Witney Therapy Centre
    2a Corn Street
    Witney
    OX28 6BL
    (Location Map)

    Group Fees:

    Fee: £45 - £55 per session payable monthly (dates to be confirmed) depending on 6-8 members.
    Interview fee: £55


    Please complete the Application Form here.



    Other Events

    Parenting Course

    This course is designed for all parents / carers of children aged around 2yrs to 12yrs and will run for 2hrs a week for 10 weeks. The aim of the course will be to provide you with a ‘toolkit’ of appropriate strategies to deal with the various behavioral challenges that children give us.
    Each week we will have:

  • facilitated activities
  • group discussion
  • homework activities

    There will also be lots of time for discussion about your own family life (if you want to share) and parents who have attended in the past tell us that the understanding and support that develops within the group is really helpful to them.
    Whilst giving you some very specific strategies, ideas, actions, responses and activities to use to support your parenting this course will also enable you to gain a better understanding of:
  • why children’s behavior can sometimes be difficult and how to respond to it
  • how children may be feeling and how that is then demonstrated in their behavior and how to respond to it
  • how children play and learn and how this contributes to their behaviour
  • what children need from us to enable them to be confident and emotionally healthy
  • how to improve your child’s self esteem

    Testimonials:

    “my approach to parenting has changed - I am much more patient and have gained more confidence in my parenting skills”
    “I am now able to realise what changes I need to make to make things better for the whole family”
    “I have gained a lot of self-awareness and a much deeper understanding of my children’s needs and how to meet those needs”
    “our house is so much calmer - we have more fun as a family”
    “I feel so much stronger as a parent - I feel as if I know how to respond to my children in a much calmer and consistent way”


    Please note this course is just for parents and carer - not the children.
    (please see the ‘About Us’ section of the web site for information about my training and experience)

    Group Leader:
    Jo Smith

    Venue:
    Witney Therapy Centre
    2a Corn Street
    Witney
    OX28 6BL
    (Location Map)

    Time & Date:
    2 hours per session. Afternoon Groups & Evening Groups

    Fee
    £300 for 10 sessions (payable in advance)

    Deposit:
    £30 payable once your application has been received. The remaining £270 is due 2 weeks before the start date.

    Please complete the Application Form here.



  • OTS Application Form:
    To Apply For A Group

    This confidential form tells us which services you are interested in. You can always email or phone us as an alternative to completing it. If you wish to apply using this form, please complete the personal details section, as well as any questions that are relevant to your area of interest. You can email us if there is anything you are unsure about.

    Personal details (*indicates required fields)

    *Name:

    *Age:
              *Gender:   Male    Female
    Address:

    *Phone:

    *Email:

    Occupation:





    Tell us the title, time, day and venue of any event(s) you are interested in.




    The following questions are optional, but answering them will help us to ensure you get the most from OTS, whatever your area of interest.

    Tell us what you are hoping to gain from the group.


    What is your experience of counselling, psychotherapy, self-development and/or any other forms of emotional or psychological work?


    Please tell us about any special needs you may have which you would like us to take into account when offering you an interview or place in a group or workshop.



    Thank you for completing this form.

    Once you have submitted your form below you will be be sent an email confirming it has been received, and we will contact you personally shortly afterwards. In the meantime if you have any questions, please email us.

         




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