Dr Pointer - Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Private therapy consultations

via Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom,

with psychologist & psychotherapist,

Dr Jonathan Pointer

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Specially tailored counselling, psychotherapy, CBT, psychological techniques, and practical strategies, integrated so as to support you in

  • letting go of anxiety and becoming resilient to change

  • resolving/managing other issues

  • building confidence and resilience

  • fulfilling your potential

We are all trying to get through life the best way we can - looking for someone to connect with who intuitively understands us, supports us, and challenges us when needed - who brings to our problems, knowledge, compassion, and wisdom borne of experience.

Maybe that person does not live around the corner - maybe not even in the same area or country, but that’s OK, because these days we can connect in so many different ways. We are not limited by proximity. We can connect with the people who bring the most to our lives.

 
Dr Jonathan Pointer

Dr Jonathan Pointer

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Discover how Jonathan can help you,

with his expertise in a range of psychological therapies - including personal psychotherapy/counselling & the cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) -, integrated within a warm, conversational approach

via live online video calls (Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom)*

*research shows that virtual therapy/telepsychology is as effective as being in a consulting room

You will find information regarding both the fees and cancellation policy, along with Jonathan’s contact details, at the end ▼

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Experienced psychologist and psychotherapist

Therapy consultations (psychotherapy/counselling/CBT) with me will feel natural, warm, and engaging. The experience of your consultations will give you the opportunity to gain emotional support, psychological insights, and effective practical strategies, for the challenges in your life.

I have

  • extensive training in psychological therapies

  • 20+ years experience in the mental health field


Qualifications and memberships

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

The title of Chartered Psychologist is legally recognised and reflects only the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise. It is awarded by the British Psychological Society (BPS) - an institution which has been granted Royal Charter.

The title of Clinical Psychologist is legally recognised and is given to practitioner psychologists in the field of clinical psychology by the Health and Care Professions Council

The title of Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society is in recognition of my contribution to the field of psychology.

As an Oxford Graduate at Masters level in Psychodynamic Practice (Counselling and Psychotherapy), I have had extensive training in psychotherapy.

As a Doctor of Psychology, I have trained at the highest level in both the science and application of psychological research within clinical psychology, and thus offer therapeutic interventions that are both ethical and evidence-based.

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Qualifications and Registered Professional Membership

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (University of Surrey)

  • Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Practice (Counselling and Psychotherapy) (University of Oxford)

  • First Class Honours Degree in Psychology (Open University)

  • Advanced Certificate in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy (UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy)

  • Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol), registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)

  • Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


As a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, my integrative perspective affords me the opportunity to draw upon a range of theories and interventions when offering counselling/therapy/CBT; these include:

cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), buddhist psychology, eastern philosophies, meta-cognitive therapy (MCT), solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), person-centred therapy, positive psychology, existential philosophy, and psychodynamic therapy. 

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In your therapy consultations with me, you are likely to experience the following:

  • the sense of being truly listened to and understood - you will find that you can share things with me that until now have been difficult to say to another person. This can be a powerful experience

  • your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours/actions can be made sense of, when placed within the context of your past experiences, innate nature, and current circumstances

  • develop a gentle curiosity towards both the world around you and yourself

  • gain psychological insights

  • learn new strategies to manage your feelings

  • gain a more balanced perspective

  • try new ways of acting in some circumstances, that can have a powerful effect on how you feel

  • develop different relationship to your thoughts and feelings, so that you are less likely to experience being drawn in to them, as if they are taking you hostage

  • develop helpful narratives towards yourself whilst also recognising the unhelpful stories that you have been telling yourself, and which have been hindering you 

  • develop compassion for yourself and others

  • feel more comfortable with uncertainty

  • learn to recognise what are your responsibilites and what other people's responsibilities

  • become more accepting of things that you can not change

  • further develop your self-esteem

  • feel more able to take charge of your future direction in life

  • make better decisions that will serve you and others better

  • manage and/or reduce uncomfortable and painful thoughts, feelings, and behaviours/actions

  • meaningfully engage with life and all it has to offer you

  • your world will begin to grow

 

Why does counselling, psychotherapy, and CBT help?

When we try to find ways to feel better all by ourselves, we tend to engage in the same ways of thinking that have caused us the problems in the first place. Our thoughts and feelings go around in circles. We end up getting anxious about being anxious, depressed about being depressed, obsessed about being obsessed, critical about being critical, and so on.

We do not see our own blindspots in our thinking and what we do; are not always as rationale as we would like to think we are; can be cut off from parts of ourself that then seek expression in often unhelpful ways; not have as much compassion for ourselves as we might have for others; cannot find something that gives us meaning; and find it difficult to manage and/or accept change in our lives.

Therefore, it is important to have a therapist who can guide you through difficult thoughts and feelings; gently challenge you where it might be helpful; hold your hope for you when you find it too difficult to hold it yourself; encourage you to develop compassion for yourself as well as those around you, and to develop a practice of gratitude, especially when life is tough; support you in developing a narrative of yourself that includes resilIence; help you find new perspectives through reframing what is happening and/or happened; and when there is nothing that can be changed... help you practice acceptance.

A UK and international therapy service, via online calling (Skype, FaceTime, & Zoom)

I welcome clients from both the UK and across the world

 Anxiety

Therapy for anxiety

I specialise in working with people who experience anxiety. If you experience mild, moderate or severe anxiety, I want to help you.

Together, we will work towards helping you

  • no longer be controlled and restricted by your anxieties

  • live a life free of the burden of excessive worry

  • become less fearful of criticism and lessen your own internal self-critic

  • develop compassion towards yourself

  • let go of unhealthy perfectionism and other unhelpful behaviours, which you may be doing so as to feel in control, but are exhausting to carry out

This will allow you to

  • no longer feel dictated to by your anxious thoughts

  • make decisions easier

  • have more attention to focus on the people in your life and to enjoy your surroundings more

  • be free to expand your world in terms of who you meet and where you go, showcase your talents, and experience peace and contentment

  • to feel less depressed, if your anxieties have caused your mood to spiral downwards

 Social anxiety / social phobia

Therapy for social anxiety/social phobia

Social anxiety is very common, however, some people experience much higher levels of anxiety than others. If you have social anxiety, then you can appear “together,” but can be struggling inside.

However, becoming less socially anxious allows you to function better in social settings. It can become debilitating, both in terms of your work and personal life. For example, it can prevent you from standing up and presenting your work in meetings, networking effectively, as well as attend and enjoy social gatherings.

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Some of the keys factors in social anxiety, based on the cognitive-behavioural (CBT) conceptualisation, are as follows:

1) you may expect situations to be difficult in advance of them occurring, based on your memories of previous situations where you experienced social anxiety

2) whilst you are in the social situation, you may focus your attention on yourself rather than your environment (e.g. seeing the situation from your imagined idea of how others are perceiving you rather than your focus being on them)

3) after the situation, you may ruminate on what you believed happened (which, because most of your attention throughout the situation was on yourself and your internal experiences, may be more about your imagined fears, rather than reality). These imagined fears of how you came across to others in the situation will then affect your expectation of future social situations.

Therapy will intervene at all three stages.

Therapy for relationship anxieties, health anxiety, general anxiety, and stress

Relationship anxiety is where a person’s anxieties have become so intense that they have taken over their life, giving them little headspace to think about anything else.

Health anxiety is often not experienced as such at the time by the experiencer, but instead as legitimate concerns for their own health, even after getting reassurance from their GP that they are healthy.

General anxiety/free-floating anxiety is a state of anxiety that goes from one concern to another, often rapidly, rather than a fixed focus on a concern. The person feels problem-saturated and overwhelmed by the amount of anxieties that they are experiencing.

Stress is where a person feels that they do not have the resources (within themselves or externally) to manage the situation.

If you recognise any of these issues, then please feel free to contact me.

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Therapy for when feeling lost

We can all experience times in our lives when we feel lost. Maybe you have lost your way, your values, your direction, and not know what you are doing, why you are doing it, or even who you are, anymore. Maybe you have ended up becoming your worst enemy, making one bad choice after another in your relationships, friendships, or life generally, and feel increasingly confused, distressed, and lonely; knowing that you want to make things right, but not knowing how.

Talking things over, making sense of your experiences, and coming to be a better understanding of yourself can take a while, but with my support, you can begin to find your way to becoming the person that you want to be.

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Therapy for personal development

  • goals include building confidence and resilience

  • developing self-compassion and self-awareness

 
 
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Therapy for expats / emigrants - with an English-speaking therapist

Therapy via Skype is the perfect way of looking after your mental health whilst living and working away from the UK.

If you choose to have therapy with me, then you gain the benefit of having an English-speaking therapist, who has extensive training in the psychological psychotherapies.

LGBT+ affirmative

I offer affirming support for people who identify as LGBTQ+, and have worked with many people who have brought to me specific LGBTQ+ issues. These have included 'coming out,' (which never stops happening throughout a person's life), homophobia, transphobia, and particular issues related to one-on-one relationships , open relationships, and poly relationships (such as negotiating roles and boundaries). This work is often integrated alongside other issues that a client may wish to bring, but can be exclusively focused upon, if they thinks this may be beneficial.

Does online therapy work? - Yes!

Online counselling, therapy, & CBT via video calling is as effective as face-to-face therapy. My online private therapy consultations feel natural; providing the experience of emotional intimacy in the comfort of your own surroundings.

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Therapy via video calling (using Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom) have become increasingly popular. This is because clients have begun to recognise how beneficial this way of having therapy is, in terms of both effectiveness and convenience. 

Therapy on Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom is the perfect solution to people who want to access therapy from their own homes, offices, and/or while travelling, as well as for expats who want to have a UK trained, British therapist. Some clients live in areas where they would find it hard to access quality therapy, locally, and some clients have psychological and/or physical obstacles to meeting therapists in person. Clients enjoy the freedom that therapy via Skype offers. 

I use Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom for virtual meetings because they all offer a high quality service.

With regards to privacy concerns, Skype calls are entirely encrypted. In addition, Microsoft/Skype do not screen call nor store their call-data. Skype is actively working towards full HIPPA-compliant software (which is relevant for therapists based in the US). FaceTime is also an extremely confidential service, for the same reasons. Therefore, both platforms offer complete privacy. However, some people prefer using Zoom (another free service), because it has already achieved HIPPA-compliance.

The main thing to remember, is that there is no way that someone can tap your call, and thus no way that confidential information can be breached. Therefore, all of these services offer complete privacy.

Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom all offer a great service, as long as you have a good internet connection (and can even be used on 4G networks). 

Although the experience of therapy via these platforms is a little different to meeting in person, you will find the experience amazingly personal. It is a bit like how people often say that they prefer reading “real” books to reading them on a Kindle, until they try it – they then find themselves becoming quickly absorbed in what they are reading, and soon forget that they are not reading from a physical book. Additionally, when using video-calling, you are in control of your environment, and you do not need to travel back home or to work, after therapy.

My clients love the ease of having therapy with me via Skype/FaceTime/Zoom. I look forward to meeting you, soon.

Evidence for video-conferencing therapy

Research has established the efficacy of conference-video therapy (e.g. Skype/ FaceTime) with treatment outcomes, and shown that it is at least equal, and sometimes even more effective, than traditional in-office, face-to-face setting. Please see the research below, for evidence of this.


Wagner Birgit, Andrea B. Horn, Maercker Andreas. (2014). Internet-based versus face-to-face cognitive-behavioral intervention for depression: A randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. Journal of Affective Disorders.


Yuen et al., (2013) Acceptance Based Behavior Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder through Videoconferencing. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 

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The ripple effect

influencing the world around us

My wish is to inspire happiness and compassion in others, who then inspire happiness and compassion in those around them. The ripple effect shows us that we all have the power to influence the world. 

Begin focusing on your future, today

I have helped many people get their lives back on track.

Each person had their own history, their own story, and their own way of both understanding and relating to the world.

They came looking for therapy, because something was not working in their lives.

Together, we worked at helping them create happier, more meaningful lives - enabling them to move towards reaching their potential.

I would be honoured to help you, too.

Fees and cancellation policy

Fees

Each 50 minute therapy session costs £125, and is paid at least 24 hours in advance, via bank transfer or PayPal.

Payments from outside the UK will need to cover the transfer fee stipulated by your bank or PayPal (for example, for PayPal this is around £7).

I will provide you with my PayPal and bank details, when you message me, below.

Cancellation policy

As it is with other professional services, missed and cancelled sessions are payable in full, unless you have given at least 24 hours notice by email. A session will be considered missed, if you are neither available for Skyping/FaceTiming/Zoom at the scheduled time for your session, nor after several attempts to contact you over a period of 15 minutes from when your scheduled appointment was due to begin.

Contact me, directly

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Your mental health is priceless. So is having someone whom you can trust; who can be your witness, companion, and guide, in difficult times. 


To find out how I can help you, I invite you to send me a message.

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