Graham McDonald Dip.Couns (MBACP) Counselling in Banbury, Oxfordshire

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About Me

I run my private practice in Milcombe, Banbury. I am an integrative counsellor which means that I have been trained in a number of theoretical approaches.

I can therefore work with clients combining different approaches such as Person-Centred Theory, Psychodynamic, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), or sometimes with a single theory approach, dependant on the client's needs.

The Theory Approaches I Work With

Person Centred Theory - A gentle and supportive way of working, providing clients with a space where they can talk freely and openly about what is going on for them in an understanding and non-judgemental environment. Clients are then more able to discover and accept aspects of themselves, and this can help them to develop answers which will assist with moving past their issues or to cope with them more easily.

Psychodynamic Theory - I also work psychodynamically, where we will look at what's going on in the here and now, with the understanding that the way we cope and deal with things in the present are usually linked with the same unconscious coping mechanisms from our early past. At one time this may have worked, but in the present day, may not work as well. Psychodynamic theory works by finding the unconscious patterns of behaviour and relating from the past that may be linked to present day issues. My work would be to help the client bring these deep rooted ways to the surface, in order for the client to be able to change them if they wanted to, to ways that are more suited to them today.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or CBT is a therapy that is often used to treat symptoms such as depression, anxiety and OCD. When an event happens that causes the client to hold an irrational or negative belief, it creates a consequence which causes the belief to continue. In CBT the therapist will work with the client to change the belief of the activating event, which will change the course of the consequence into a more positive and realistic outcome.

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Working with Young People

As well as working in private practice, I work as a school counsellor in Windsor, Berkshire, where I am the lead counsellor working with pupils aged 11-16 years old, and 6th form pupils 16-18 years old.

The symptoms of struggling with mental health are no different for young people than for adults, I hear similar issues being talked about by young people as I hear from adult clients. It was what originally moved me to work with young people. I believe that if the issues were dealt with early enough with counselling, the individual would perhaps not require counselling as an adult, or would at least have the tools to be able to cope better.

Most schools have counsellors today which is good news, as many of these young people will be able to grow into adults and live normal functioning lives without mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self harming, etc.

I am qualified to work with children and young people. I hold a Level 2 Safeguarding certificate and a certificate for Working With Children and Young People. Also as part of my continued professional development, I have attended additional training: Working with Young People and Working Creatively.

Working with young people does sometimes require a different approach than working with adults, as young people can initially respond to counselling differently than to adults, sometimes as counselling wasn't their choice, but perhaps the choice of their parents or guardians. However, I have found that once the therapeutic relationship forms and their trust in counselling grows, I have witnessed incredible growth with many of the young people I have counselled.

I'm a registered member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical framework of good practice, maintaining a safe environment for my clients. I continue to attend regular CPD courses in the field of counselling, which keeps me up to date in my practice.

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and I am fully insured.


  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling

Additional CPD Training Courses Attended

  • Anger Management
  • Racial and Cultural Difference
  • Working With Young People
  • Feelings
  • Depression
  • Working with Loss and Grief
  • Working Creatively
  • Understanding Trauma
  • Developing a Trauma Informed Practice
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Understanding Sexual Preoccupation
  • Getting the Most from Supervision


I would be very happy to have a chat on the phone about your needs and how counselling can help. Please feel free to call me on 07588 606606 or to email me click here

Further details about my fees and where to find me can be found on the Contact page.

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