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Talks & Workshops for Everyone


OTS Talks & Workshops For 2018/19

Now that we have a new therapy centre in Oxford as well as our centre in Witney, we are able to offer more events to a wider section of our community. This year we are offering:

8 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.

Introductory Workshop for Couples - 20th January

This one-off introductory workshop will give you a broad coverage of our other couple workshops detailed below.

4 Workshops for Couples

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



Free Talks for 2018/19

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 2018/19:

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

Introductory Workshop for Couples
(you can find the full list of couple workshops in the next section!)

Trainer: Michael Soth
Time: 10.00 - 13.00
Date: Sunday 20th January
Venue: OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre,
First Floor, 142-144 Oxford Road, Oxford, OX4 2EA
Fee: £50 per couple

We have had a number of applications spread across a number of different couples evening workshops we have available, but not always enough interest to go ahead and hold the workshop. So we are offering this introductory Sunday morning workshop which will have a broad coverage of our other workshops listed below. This introductory workshop is designed to give space to you as a couple. We invite you to invest in your relationship. Generally speaking, as couples, we seem to lack the basic communication skills and psychological understanding required to make love last. These skills are not taught in school or anywhere else, and without them, many couples suffer or make each other 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. Where do you find the psychological tools to support the growth and deepening of your relationship?

The trainer, Michael Soth offers this workshop with the help of OTS couple therapists who will assist him in creating a safe and conducive atmosphere. It is likely that we will spend some of the time in smaller groups, to give everybody a chance to speak and get involved, if they want to.

There is a maximum of 16 places available on each event. To reach as many couples as possible, we have made these workshops especially affordable.

Click here to book or express interest




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 2018/19:

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.



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