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

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Talks & Workshops for Everyone


OTS Talks & Workshops For 2019

We offer a range of talks and workshops to a wide section of our community. When enough interest is expressed we organise a free talk.

Free Public Talks

A series of talks (conversations as well as question and answer sessions) to help you find your way through the maze of the psychological therapies.

Workshops for Couples

A series of workshops designed to give space to you as a couple. We invite you to invest in your relationship.

Creative Workshop for Personal Development
Workshops for Personal Development using Dance, Movement and Imagination

These one day experiential workshops go beyond talking and thinking and explore how we use creativity to express ourselves and how we relate to others.

OTS Autumn Newsletter 2019



Free Talks for 2019

The psychological therapies are a minefield, and very confusing for the layperson. What are the differences between psychology, CBT, counselling, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (and many, many others)? Even therapists themselves are rarely clear about it, so how can an ordinary person?

This series of 'free' events gives you an opportunity to join the conversation and ask all the questions you did not know whom to ask. No previous experience is necessary.


You can download a full guide to our talks for this year below, which includes: Full details on each talk; Information about the talk leaders; Venue options in Oxford & Witney; Optional talk days and times; How to register your interest. (The Couples Workshop Guide in the next section below!)

Guide to Free Public Talks

Summary of Talks for 2019:

1. Everything you always wanted to ask about therapy …
For 100 years, therapy has been shrouded in confusion, mystery and opinion. What would you like to know? With Michael Soth

2. How does therapy help (or does it)?
Why do some people swear by therapy and others say it didn’t help? With Michael Soth

3. The helping relationship - beyond therapeutic approach and professional discipline
Getting beyond professional division down to what matters to the client With Michael Soth

4. Beyond the talking therapies – the bodymind dimensions of the psyche
What does the body have to do with the mind? – Beyond the ‘talking therapies’ With Michael Soth

5. Individual or Group Therapy – what works when?
Everyone is anxious about group before doing it, but not everyone knows how effective it can be! With Justin Smith

6. Who Am I – Who Are You?
A conversation with Justin Smith exploring what we think it means to be human.

7. How does the mind, our personality and character develop?
A conversation with Justin Smith in which we will explore these complex questions and consider what the answers mean for engaging in counselling & psychotherapy.

8. Knowing yourself & being effective
A conversation with Justin Smith about the curious condition of ‘being human’.


What to do next...

Click here to book or express interest

Or you can: email us or phone us to register your interest. Don't forget to subscribe to the OTS Newsletter in the right hand column to be kept up-to-date.



Couples Workshops

This series of evenings is designed to give space to you as a couple. We invite you to invest in your relationship. In our culture that’s a rare opportunity – normally we expect ourselves to just get on, by virtue of being supposedly loving, cooperative, committed adults. But that’s an unrealistic, neglectful expectation: your relationship cannot thrive on that assumption of goodwill alone - it needs care, time and awareness, like a tree that needs tending if you want it to grow.

Generally speaking, as couples, we seem to lack the basic communication skills and psychological understanding required to make love last. They are not taught in school or anywhere else, and without them, many couples suffer or survive on scraps and compromise. As you may have noticed: a good relationship does not fall into our laps – sustainable love needs active attention.


You can download a full guide to our couples workshops for this year below, which includes: Full details on each workshop; Information about the workshop leader; The venue in Oxford; Optional workshop days and times; How to register your interest. (The Free Talks Guide is in the section above!)

Guide to Couples Workshops

Summary of Weekend & Evening Workshop Titles for 2019:

1. When the honeymoon is over …
“You are not the same person that I fell in love with!”

2. Making commitments and recovering trust after infidelity
"Having fallen in love, commitment is easy. But beyond that....."

3. Why should I love you more than you love yourself?
“You do not love me enough!” “Why can’t you love me in the way I want to be loved?”

4. What is the deeper purpose of couples fighting?
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” Hamlet Act 2, scene 2

What to do next...

Click here to book or express interest

Or you can: email us or phone us to register your interest. Don't forget to subscribe to the OTS Newsletter in the right hand column to be kept up-to-date.



Creative Workshop for Personal Development

Trainer: Lizzie Cummings
Time: TBA
Date: TBA
Venue: Oxford TBA
Fee: £45/£40 concs

This is an experiential workshop in which we use play, storytelling, myths and movement to explore personal identity and how we relate to others.

Stories are all about the human condition. They hold up mirrors to help us reflect on, understand and empathise with who we are. They tell us about our wounds and offer solutions, speak to our desires and invite us to grow. Their universal themes remind us that others suffer, struggle and triumph in similar ways to ourselves, and that our isolation can be bridged through the shared similar experience of others.

Play allows us to rehearse life, try out new ideas, find out what does and doesn’t work for us; we can make mistakes and nothing bad will actually happen. Through play we can develop emotional and social confidence, expand our imagination, learn how we come across to others and get a better sense of who we are as individuals.

Is this workshop for me?
This workshop is for you if you find that, so far, talking and thinking has been of limited help to you. We will get up and explore moments, characters or themes within stories that resonate with us. This imaginative approach opens us to aspects of ourselves that are otherwise often hard to get in touch with. We can experience how we actually feel because our bodies as well as our minds are engaged in the process. There will be plenty of time for the group to discuss and reflect on what we have experienced whilst “playing”, and how to connect it to each individual’s personal development. Furthermore, as we begin to relate to each other, we can begin to support each other through our shared understanding. Equally you may feel inspired by other group members’ different approaches to life, and together develop ways to grow and make the changes you need.

Do I have to be good at drama and movement?
No. Therapy is never about performing and this is no different. We use the arts as vehicles to express, explore and understand how we feel and who we are. That’s all!

If you have any further questions you are welcome to email me here

Click here to book or express interest



Workshops for Personal Development using Dance, Movement and Imagination

Trainer: Lizzie Cummings
Time: TBA
Date: TBA
Venue: Oxford TBA
Fee: £45/£40 concs

Dance is one of the most direct ways to connect to how you feel and who you are. It takes us out of our heads and into our bodies where we can discover authentic ways to express ourselves and explore how we connect to others. The dancing body can help us let go of physical and mental tension, move beyond our perceived limitations and find a more centred way of being. We will focus on different qualities of movement to help you develop your repertoire of natural self-expression through the body.

Imagination is a boundless resource for creativity and change. I will guide you to use your imagination whilst dancing. Imagination and movement combined allows images and feelings to arise from our unconscious which can help unlock positive aspects of ourselves that are often hard to access. It can also allow our wounds to have expression and so move towards cathartic release and the possibility of healing.

Reflection brings us back to words and allows time for our thoughts to take shape with a new perspective based on our bodies’ experience. We may dip into conversation and then back into movement. This process helps you to connect body and mind which allows for a more balanced and emotionally healthy relationship with yourself.

Do I have to have experience in dance to join this workshop?
None whatsoever. This kind of therapeutic dance is not about technique or performance. It is about finding ways to express and connect to yourself through your body, whether it is moving or still.

This workshop aims to help you to:

  • Deepen the connection to yourself and others through dance
  • Use your imagination to move beyond your perceived limitations
  • Develop your capacity to express and communicate
  • Encourage a positive relationship with your body
  • Find release through spontaneous movement

    If you have any further questions you are welcome to email me here

    Click here to book or express interest



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