CLINICIANS

Our team of therapists have all received Master's level degrees, or higher, from the University of Oxford. Our clinicians maintain the highest level of skill in their field, while implementing the most effective form of therapy available according to current research. Each therapist has undergone the most thorough training, which follows UKCP Guideline Standards. 

 

In addition to extensive and rigorous training of a minimum of 4 years, all of our therapists have undergone a minimum of 150 hours of personal therapy to insure they offer the best possible service to our clients. This extensive personal therapy is unique to psychodynamic psychotherapy and reflects the nature and positive outcomes of the therapeutic technique. As registered members of UKCP , our clinicians regularly undergo continued professional development and endeavour to enhance their theoretical and clinical expertise concurrently.

 

JOHN-HENRY CARTEr

founder of the discovery therapy

PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPIST, ba, msc, mst (oxon), ukcp, bacp

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JOHN-HENRY IS A PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPIST WITH OFFICES IN OXFORD AND LONDON. HE WORKS WITH INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES AND GROUPS OF ALL AGES WHO FACE A WIDE RANGE OF COMPLEX MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. JOHN-HENRY GRADUATED WITH DISTINCTION (MST) FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. HE IS CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN DOCTORAL (DPHIL) PSYCHODYNAMIC RESEARCH AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY. 

JOHN-HENRY FOCUSES ON PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL, PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY IN OXFORD AND LONDON, AS WELL AS ONLINE. HE HAS EXPERIENCE IN WORKING WITH ADULTS, TEENS, PRE-TEENS AND ADOLESCENTS, THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, PROFESSIONALS, COUPLES AND GROUPS. HIS AREAS OF SPECIALTY INCLUDE DEPRESSION, TRAUMA AND PTSD, ANXIETY, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND ATTACHMENT, BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS, SEXUALITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, MARRIAGE, IDENTITY AND SELF-ESTEEM, LIFE TRANSITIONS AND EXISTENTIALISM, CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY, SELF-HARM, ADDICTIONS, ANGER AND EATING DISORDERS.

THROUGH THE LENS OF PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY, JOHN-HENRY SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND AND EXPLORE EACH INDIVIDUALS’ NEEDS AND ISSUES THROUGH THE COMFORT AND SAFETY A WARM, NON-JUDGEMENTAL THERAUPETIC ENVIRONMENT. OFTEN INCORPORATING PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES, SUCH AS THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS, HE EMPHASISES THE CREATION OF AWARENESS, SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE. LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM THERAPY CAN BE PROVIDED, WITH therapy TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF EACH CLIENT. 

PRIOR TO BECOMING A PSYCHOTHERAPIST, JOHN-HENRY PLAYED PROFESSIONAL RUGBY WITH SALE SHARKS. HE ALSO CAPTAINED OXFORD UNIVERSITY RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB AND LED THE TEAM TO A RECORD 3 CONSECUTIVE WINS AT THE VARSITY MATCH. JOHN-HENRY CURRENTLY WORKS PRIVATELY, AS WELL AS WITH VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS. HE ALSO WORKS AS A PSYCHOTHERAPIST FOR COGNACITY, A MENTAL WELLBEING PRACTICE BASED ON HARLEY STREET IN LONDON. IN ADDITION, HE HAS WORKED WITH GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS IN VARIOUS ADDICTION REHABILITATION CENTRES, AS WELL AS IN WELFARE ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE PROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYERS ASSOCIATION. HE HAS SPENT MANY YEARS WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS IN A NUMBER OF SETTINGS, AS WELL AS OFFERING LEADERSHIP SUPPORT IN PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTS.

JOHN-HENRY IS AN ACCREDITED MEMBER OF THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (MBACP - 136160) AND AN ACCREDITED MEMBER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNCIL FOR PSCYHOTHERAPY (UKCP). HE IS INFORMED BY AND FOLLOWS BOTH THE BACP ETHICAL FRAMEWORK AND THE UKCP ETHICAL PRINCIPLES AND CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT.

*PRIVATE INSURANCE ACCEPTEd

 
 
 

DAVID ANDERSON

PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPISTBA, PGCert, PGDip, Mst (oxon), Mst

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David is a psychodynamic therapist based in Oxford, working with a broad range of clients experiencing psychological distress. His areas of specialism include; anxiety, academic-related stress, work-related stress, young adults, relationships, depression and disillusionment.

David is a graduate of the Masters Programme in Psychodynamic Practice at the University of Oxford as recognised by UKCP. In addition to conducting both short and long-term counselling sessions, David provides specialist provision for Oxford University, advisory support for secondary schools across Oxford and has extensive experience and knowledge of autism and mental health issues.

Prior to his psychodynamic training David studied Film Aesthetics at Oxford, following on from his undergraduate degree in European Film and World Cinema.

 
 

Laura McDonald

Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, PGCert, PGDip, MSt(Oxon)

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LAURA IS passionate about working with clients of all ages facing important life events and helping them to reach their full potential. SHE WORKS WITH A RANGE OF DIFFERENT AND COMPLEX ISSUES, INCLUDING ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDERS AND EXISTENTIAL ISSUES.

Through HER interest in organisational dynamics SHE haS gained insights into many peoples’ experiences of work and family life and how their problems may be shared and overcome through appropriate psychological therapies.

Laura studied counselling and psychotherapy for four enjoyable and rigorous years at postgraduate level, culminating in a Masters degree from the University of Oxford. Since then SHE HAS worked with children, young people and adults within various organisational settings. Laura also has a Certificate in Health Sciences.

LAURA HAS tutored in counselling and psychotherapy for the University of Oxford and contributeS articles to professional counselling journals. 

 
 
 

Dr Farah Mitha

DPsych, BSc, MSc, PG Dip CBT, MBACP Accred., MBPsS

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Farah has over 13 years clinical experience of working both in the NHS and private sector, providing evidence based psychological treatment, interventions and guidance for adults throughout the life span, as well as teenagers over 14years and couples.  Being a Counselling Psychologist, qualified psychotherapist and an accredited CBT therapist, she tailors her approach to the individual client needs.   Mainly using Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), she also integrates other evidence-based approaches to work towards the client’s therapeutic goals. These may be short term goals, that lend themselves to briefer therapy, or longer-term goals leading to more in-depth exploration of longer standing issues.  Therapy is seen as a collaborative process to help clients make the changes they desire.

Her clinical experience include a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties from mild depression and anxiety, to complex trauma, with a special interest in OCD. She is able to offer specialised trauma treatment for PTSD in the form of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).  Alongside her clinical work, Farah is able to provide coaching and level A and B psychometric testing.  She also enjoys disseminating her knowledge through professional supervision and has a special research interest in mindfulness.