Psychological therapies include ‘talking treatments’ like counselling and psychotherapy and there are many different types. Counselling is available at GP surgeries in Oxfordshire and you can speak to your doctor about accessing this. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is available in Oxfordshire through the TalkingSpace service. TalkingSpace provides CBT via groups, classes, individual CBT and guided self-help and this can be accessed by calling them on 01865 901222 (it’s self-referral so there’s no need to go through your GP). Other types of psychological therapy may also be available through your GP.
You may decide that you want to visit a private counsellor or psychotherapist. There is currently no overall regulatory body for counselling and psychotherapy. However, there are a number of professional organisations, and some of the main ones are listed here. Always check that your counsellor or therapist is accredited by an organisation with a code of ethics, insurance and a complaints procedure.
There are some organisations, such as Relate, which offer low-cost counselling/psychotherapy. We list some of these in our directory – just search for the topic ‘psychological therapies’.
Professional organisations for counselling and psychotherapy
- British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- British Psychoanalytic Council
- British Psychological Society
- United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy – UKCP
For assistance and advice on making a complaint about a counsellor or therapist or any other social care or health professional: