Dr Jonathan Pointer, BSc (Hons), M.St., PsychD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, HCPC reg.
Chartered Psychologist & Psychotherapist
First Class Honours Degree in Psychology
Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Practice (Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
Chartered Psychologist with British Psychological Society
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council
Experience: I have worked in mental mealth for over 20 years, both within the NHS and non-statutory services, including different mental health charities and Oxford University. I have worked with many people who have experienced emotional distress and a wide range of mental health problems, including anxiety disorders (such as worry, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and health anxiety), OCD, low mood, depression, low self-esteem, repeated relationship difficulties, jealousy, envy, anger, guilt, shame, assertiveness difficulties, difficult transitions, and adverse life events.
I also work with the LGBTQ+ community, and welcome clients who would like to have a supportive discussion in relation to their sexuality or gender.
Bespoke therapy: What has happened to you, and how you have understood these experiences (interwoven with your biological predispositions), have made you who you are, today. There is only one of you in this world. Therefore, I would like to offer you the experience of having bespoke therapy.
Together, we can celebrate your uniqueness, rather than 'pathologise' your experiences. We can focus on your strengths, and if you are not sure what they are, we can find them and develop ways to use them to your benefit. We can think together about what enables you to manage some situations, and transfer these abilities over to areas of your life that you are finding more difficult. Where there are issues to be considered, we will reflect upon how best to manage these in a fruitful way, drawing on different theories and interventions that suit both you and your situation. Throughout this process, I will encourage you to learn about yourself from a place of gentle curiosity and compassion.
You will find that therapy with me feels natural, and often enjoyable. My clients have often been surprised by how much they look forward to the sessions. This is because I believe that as well as giving unconditional regard, support, and solace, there are also times where it is important to draw on my clients' natural abilities to face times of adversity with humour. Humour, contrary to what some people think, if timed carefully and sensitivity, does not distract from the seriousness of the situation, but instead offers a light reprieve, and allows for difficult experiences or interventions to be thought about without them feeling unmanageable. Therapy can be hard work, but it does not always need to be painful. However, when it is painful, we can face your pain, together.
As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, my integrative perspective affords me the opportunity to draw upon a range of theories and interventions when offering therapy; these include a range of bio-psycho-social theories, existential philosophy, eastern philosophies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), meta-cognitive therapy (MCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness, psycho-educational therapy, person-centred therapy, positive psychology, and psychodynamic therapy. This process encourages a normative, compassionate, resilience-building narrative in which your strengths are highlighted. Together, we will work towards developing a joint understanding of your inner world, taking account of many differing psychological processes, and place these in relation to both past and current social/environmental contexts.
Conversational Style: Therapy can take many different forms, and be implemented using a variety of styles. For example, cognitive behavioural therapy is often delivered using manualised therapy in the form of protocols. However, a more conversational style (that includes socratic questioning; analysing and reframing thoughts, feelings and meta-cognitions; working with metaphors and imagery; and developing and carrying out behavioural experiments), can bring this form of therapy to life. Similarly, psychodynamic therapies can, at one end of the spectrum, feel quite cold and remote to the person experiencing the therapy, or, at the other end of the spectrum, feel more like a warm, exploratory conversation. In my experience, regardless of the form of therapy, most people prefer a conversational style that incorporates emotional support, psychological insights, and strategies to face challenges in life. Therefore, when you are having therapy via SKYPE/FaceTime with me, I will use this conversational style, which feels natural whilst being a very powerful agent for change.
Each 50 minute therapy session via Skype or FaceTime with me, gives you the opportunity to gain emotional support, psychological insights, and practical strategies, for the challenges in your life.
Missed & cancelled sessions (with less than 48 hours notice) are payable in full.