Paula Maddison Psychotherapy & Counselling For Couples & Individuals
Witney, Oxfordshire

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Psychotherapy and Counselling in Witney

UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist working from 11 West End, Witney, which has easy access from surrounding villages, such as Eynsham, Long Hanborough, Carterton, Freeland and North/South Leigh. I offer couples counselling and also individual counselling and psychotherapy.

People decide to come for Counselling for all kinds of different reasons. It may be that your relationship is not working for you and you want some space to think about it, together? It may be that there is a particular problem that has arisen and has knocked you 'off balance'? or it may be something you have been considering for a long time. On the other hand, counselling may be something that has been suggested by someone close to you or by a professional, such as a GP. Whatever the reason, it can be daunting to consider counselling or psychotherapy 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 counsellor. 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 psychotherapist or counsellor for you to work with then make a booking for an initial session, at 11 West End, Witney, 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 considering counselling at this time 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 counsellor or psychotherapist if you wish.

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Relationship counselling for couples

My focus with couples is all about re-connection. I am trained in using 'Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples' Click here for further information and use a structured, but flexible approach to help you move from disconnection to re-connection.

Our focus together will be on emotions and how your 'way of being together' works for you and also the ways in which it doesn't work. We will examine this together and make changes with a focus on how emotions are thought about between the two of you. All the time, we will be working on creating ways in which you can engage with each other so that the relationship works for both of you.

We start with an 'initial session' all together, so I can find out what you are looking for as a couple. Then, if you want to go forward, I will have an individual session with each person where I will want to find out about your experiences of close relationships - from childhood onwards. We will then come back together for a fourth session where I will invite you to explore the beginnings of your relationship and how it has progressed. From there we will work together on uncovering the unhelpful patterns that have developed between you and discovering new ways of being together.

I usually work with couples for at total of 15 - 20 weeks, although it can be longer.

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. Sometimes, there is nothing that you can put a 'label' on when you are thinking about coming for therapy, as you may just be feeling a bit 'out of sorts'. Maybe not handling the demands of your life like you used to? Whatever the issue that brings you to psychotherapy or counselling, 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.

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, with centres in both Witney and Oxford offering psychotherapy and counselling, along with therapeutic groups and other self-development opportunities. 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’ psychotherapist or counsellor for you. OTS is committed to providing impartial advice, information, assessment and recommendations for people throughout Oxfordshire, 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. Options to work from Therapy Centres in either Witney or Oxford
3.. Impartial information about therapy generally as well as services and practitioners available in the region.
4. Introductory and educational events as well as workshops on specific topics.
5. Referral service helping you choose the ‘right' therapeutic option for you as an individual, couple or family concerned.
6. Low-cost therapy service (with advanced trainees and recently qualified therapists).
7. 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.

As restrictions on our day to day life begin to re-emerge in order to bring down the rate of Covid infection, this seems like a good time to reflect on practices that worked well for many people during the early days of lockdown. This is a very touching blog from a woman who experiences a significant mental heath condition and the enormous value she found in the simple act of walking and talking. Click here

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