Anneli Nilsson Psychotherapy Psychotherapy in Stanton St John, near Oxford, Headington & Wheatley

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Are you troubled by fearful, gloomy thoughts?

Often, the passing of time is enough to return us to good spirits. But sometimes we can't move on from harsh thoughts or painful feelings. If that’s where you are, getting help is appropriate.

Why stay stuck?

Psychotherapist in Stanton St. John, near Oxford

My counselling and psychotherapy practice in the village of Stanton St. John (near Headington, Wheatley & Oxford) is a peaceful place to talk and regain your peace of mind. Therapy is centred on us thinking about what is disturbing you, it is a catalyst for loosening what's stuck and freeing you to move on.

I provide short-term counselling for fast, focused work with a specific issue in mind. This might be relevant for you if you have never had therapy before or a recent event is troubling you. Examples of this work are six sessions to adapt to moving to Oxford from overseas; come to terms with a relationship breakdown, or begin processing a diagnosis of serious illness.

I also work with longer-term clients using existential and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The aim is to get to the root of the problem and resolve it at that level. To extricate oneself from painful, destructive or untrue ideas is liberating work. When old wounds heal, you are free to move on and become a more clear-eyed and better-equipped adult. Unhealthy habits and destructive relationship patterns tend not to have the same allure once you have demystified them and defused their emotional charge.

"The support and help you have given me, and my gratefulness for that, are difficult to put into words. I feel that we have come such a long way from the time I first started seeing you a few years before the lock-down. It has been tough at times but so very worth it to be in a clearer and calmer place now. This is a good sign I think and it became clear this week that perhaps I have the resources I need for now. Thank you sincerely for all the ways in which you have helped me."

Narcissistic parenting survivor, 2023

"Thank you for everything, I feel better. It hasn't just helped me, it's helped my family too. I've spoken to them about the things we discuss, and they have changed too."

Bullying survivor, 2023

"It’s hard to put into words the compassion, guidance and kindness she expresses... For anyone who has every suffered loss, been a victim of hurt from another or has hidden their true self from others, I would urge you to see Anneli. I will miss my weekly sessions tremendously, my time with Anneli was my safe place for so long but we both agree that I am now ready to enjoy life."

Trauma client, 2019

"Anneli was fantastic - as well as listening and providing solutions, she taught me about the principles behind psychotherapy so that I could understand the nature of my problems and methods of addressing them."

Bereavement client, 2017

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About Me

My name is Anneli Nilsson, I am an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor. In the 1990s, I qualified as a psychologist and later trained in integrative counselling and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Some of the issues I have worked with are:

  • ASD, ADD and ADHD
  • Depression, grief and loss
  • Boarding school syndrome
  • Cancer, illness and life appraisal
  • Sexuality, intimacy, safety and shame
  • Stress, anxiety, jealousy and paranoia
  • Work & study - obstacles and choices
  • Loneliness, relocation and adjustment
  • Recovery, resolution and self-possession
  • Relationships problems - neglect and abuse

I work with individual adults, not couples or children. If you are interested in couples therapy, you can find qualified practitioners at COSRT.

Appointments & Fees

Appointments are available between 10:30–18:30, Monday to Thursday. Sessions last for fifty to sixty minutes and take place on the same day and at the same time each week. Before and after work appointments are the most popular, particularly the last one at 17.30, so if you can get to a lunchtime or afternoon session it is more likely we will be able to start quickly. If you need an evening slot, do still get in touch as people move on and slots become available. A psychotherapy session costs £65.

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Health Insurance

I can provide counselling via Bupa health insurance scheme. If this is relevant for you do check with Bupa that your policy covers psychotherapy. You will need their authorization before arranging therapy with me and details of how many sessions you are permitted. I will need details of the excess you pay and a pre-authorization code.

Mode of Therapy

Face-to-face sessions are available in Stanton St. John. Encrypted online video and telephone sessions are also available via Zoom and WhatsApp.

For some people being on camera is helpful and for others it is a distraction. Telephone sessions are straightforward and they tend to create a quiet, focused atmosphere for thinking together. Face-to-face is a fuller and more reassuring mode - particularly if you feel emotionally volatile, or fragile. However, for those with social anxiety or troubling self-consciousness, remote sessions might feel like the safest way to start therapy. Remote sessions tend to be favoured by people with busy schedules or who prefer not to travel to sessions. I am guided by clients on which type of therapy is the best for them.


Stanton St. John is a peaceful village north-east of Oxford. It is two miles beyond the city boundary at Headington and a few miles away from Wheatley. Most people travel to the village by car. However, there are quiet cycle lanes and walking paths from surrounding towns and villages. The village is on a hill (100 m) above Oxford, so cycling from Oxford includes some stiff climbs.

The newly reinstated 108 bus runs to the village from Bicester, Beckley, Blackthorn, Boarstall, Headington, Horton-cum-Studley, Forest Hill, Langford, Piddington and central Oxford. The 280 and H5 buses stop within (cross-country) walking distance from the village.

Counselling for Headington, Islip, Wheatley and Worminghall locals is particularly convenient, the village is around ten minutes drive away. Thame, Great Milton and Bill are a fifteen-minute drive away.

More Information

If you are nearby in Islip, Kidlington, Thame or any of the surrounding villages and would like to know more about my practice such as how to begin, what happens in the holidays or the psychotherapy I offer have a look at the Questions? section. My academic and clinical qualifications are detailed on the About Anneli area, they are validated by the UKCP, which is the main psychotherapist validating institution in the UK.

If you are unsure whether to talk with a psychotherapist, have a look at the Resources section, you will find links to websites that aim to improve mental health. It can be reassuring to take a tour around these websites as they provide a calm overview of some of the main problems that trouble people and information about getting better.

Psychotherapy begins with getting in touch, calling or writing could be the first step towards feeling better. Why stay stuck?

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