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MIMI KESTER

Senior Accredited Counsellor

ISTDP Psychotherapist

"It is never too late to become the person you might have been" George Elliot

I am a Senior Accredited psychodynamic counsellor with 20 years of counselling experience in the NHS, in organisational settings and with students at St. Anne's College, Oxford University. After a degree in Russian and French from Bristol University, I qualified as a teacher of modern languages at King's College, London University and taught in London. Following my post-graduate diploma in counselling from Reading University in 1994, I worked as a counsellor in Primary Care at GP surgeries in Oxfordshire and at the John Radcliffe Hospital Womens' Centre.

In 1995 I took on the co-chair of the Oxfordshire Association of Counsellors in Primary Care. Until 2010 I worked for ISIS Counselling Associates as one of the counsellors employed by Thames Valley Police. I have studied further in Group Analytic Therapy and in Cognitive Analytic Therapy at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford and currently in Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (www.istdp.org.uk)

I abide by the guidelines set out in the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk). I am also on the Counselling Directory website (www.counselling-directory.org.uk) and am a member of the Association for Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy UK (www.istdp.org.uk).