Paula Maddison Psychotherapy and Counselling
in Cowley, Oxford

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Psychotherapy in Oxford

Registered Integrative Psychotherapist based at the OTS-Oxford Therapy Centre, in Temple Cowley which is within easy reach of Oxford city centre, as well as Iffley, Littlemore, Headington and with easy access from the southern ring-road.

It can be daunting to consider counselling or therapy and confusing to know which counsellor to choose for the best. There are many different kinds of approaches and all the recent research has confirmed that the most important element in getting a good outcome from therapy is the interaction or connection between you and your therapist. It's all about who will work best for you.

Please have a look around my website and if you think I might be the right person for you to work with then make a booking for an initial session, where we can find out. Get in touch at Click here to e-mail

If you make the decision to make a booking for a first, exploratory session with me then during that first session we will explore your reasons for coming to therapy and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It is also a chance for both of us to assess whether we feel we're suited to working together, and there is no obligation to meet again. If the decision is not to work together, then I am happy to refer you on to another therapist if you wish.

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What issues can I bring?

You can bring any issue you wish to discuss and many people find it helpful to talk to someone who is not a friend or a member of their family. It may be that you are experiencing anxiety or depression or have issues with work or relationships and together we will work out how you see yourself and your place in your family, or the world in general and how this impacts on your well-being. As a therapist, I am interested in us discovering the unique way in which you experience yourself in the world and how you interact with others.

I have a particular interest in how we experience ourselves as gendered beings, who operate in a society that predominantly supports only binary gender identities of male/female. Many people now want to explore the idea of themselves as having a non-binary or trans identity and I am happy to support that exploration with you.

In addition, I have recently carried out research into how women experience their identity shifting as they transition through menopause and how this process affects their sense of self and again am happy to support your exploration of what menopause means for you.

Oxfordshire Therapy and Self-Development Centre (OTS Centre)

As part of my professional development and services to clients, I am an active member of the Oxfordshire Therapy and Self-Development Centre (OTS Centre) community. OTS is a diverse community of counsellors and therapists from a wide range of therapeutic orientations, offering a range of psychological therapies, methods and therapy formats. We provide a one-stop access and referral point for the general public, helping you find the ‘right’ therapy and the ‘right’ therapist for you. OTS is committed to providing impartial advice, information, assessment and recommendations as well as providing psychological services appropriate to the individual, by tailoring the therapy to what you need and want (rather than prescribing a generic therapy on the basis of your diagnosed ‘symptoms’).

OTS is committed to finding affordable solutions for those unable to meet the costs associated with therapy.

Specifically, what OTS provides for clients is:
1. Choice of therapies: access to a wide range of therapeutic approaches, methods and formats.
2. Impartial information about therapy generally as well as services and practitioners available in the region.
3. Introductory and educational events as well as workshops on specific topics.
4. Referral service helping you choose the ‘right' therapeutic option for you as an individual, couple or family concerned.
5. Low-cost therapy service (with advanced trainees and recently qualified therapists).
6. Group therapy (a range of different types of groups and approaches).

To find out more about how OTS might support you in your self-development then Click here for the OTS Centre website.


In this section I signpost you to articles of interest about emotional and mental wellbeing.

Because the concept of having a gender binary (Male/Female) identity is so ingrained in western society, then it can be challenging to think about any kind of self-identity that is non-binary. This short article explains about non-binary gender identities in a straightforward way and clear up some common misconceptions about being non-binary. Click here

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