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

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Psychotherapist ~ Central Oxford and Stanton St. John

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?

My counselling and psychotherapy practice in the village of Stanton St. John (near Headington and Wheatley) 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 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.

"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, findatherapist.

"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, findatherapist.

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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,

  • Depression, grief and loss
  • Boarding school syndrome
  • Ethnicity, identity and belonging
  • Illness, disabilities and independence
  • Sexuality, intimacy, safety and shame
  • Parenthood, fertility and miscarriage
  • Work & study - choices and obstacles
  • Loneliness, relocation and adjustment
  • Stress, anxiety, jealousy, obsession, and compulsion
  • Relationships problems, conflict, abuse, trust and control

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

    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. You can see photos of the therapy room in Stanton St. John on the About Therapy page.

    A psychotherapy session costs £65.

    I can provide counselling via Aviva and BUPA health insurance schemes. If this is relevant for you please check with your provider if your policy covers psychotherapy and which conditions apply. You will need their authorization before arranging therapy with me and details of how many sessions you are permitted. I will also need details of any excess you pay and an authorization code if you are with BUPA.

    Face-to-face sessions are available in Stanton St. John. The Oxford clinic closed during the pandemic and, for the foreseeable future, I do not anticipate offering sessions in Oxford. Instead, online and telephone sessions are available. The encrypted video and audio therapy mediums are WhatsApp and Zoom.

    For some people being on camera is helpful and for others it is a distraction. I am guided by clients on which type of therapy is the best for them. 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.

    The Stanton St. John consulting room is two miles beyond the city boundary. Stanton St. John is the peaceful village north east of Oxford. It is a few miles away from Wheatley. There are numerous quiet cycle lanes and walking paths to surrounding towns and villages, as well as free street parking and a secure bicycle locking location. The village is on a hill (100 m) above Oxford so cycling from Oxford includes some climbs. The 108 and 118 buses run to the village from Bicester, Beckley, Boarstall, Cowley, Horspath, Horton, Headington, Forest Hill, Littleworth, Waterperry, Wheatley and central Oxford. Unfortunately, this bus service could be cut so please check its status if you need it. The Otmoor Flyer and H5 bus also stop nearby. Counselling for Headington, Wheatley and Marston locals is particulary convenient, it's a fifteen minute drive away. If Wheatley is your nearest big village then this location could be the right place for you. Availability - various times on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

    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? page. My academic and clinical qualifications are detailed on the About Anneli page, they are validated by the UKCP, which is the main psychotherapist validating institution in the UK.

    If you are unsure whether or not to talk with a psychotherapist take a look at the Resources page, 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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