Tracy Avis  Associates CBT

Independent Psychotherapy and CBT Practice


Phone: 07792524591

Ptolemy House, Reading Road, Wallingford OX10 9DN


Claire Vickers

I originally graduated with an English degree from the University of Oxford, before going on to train and work as a teacher.  I then completed a Masters in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at UCL, before deciding more recently to focus on the clinical side of psychology at Goldsmiths University, by studying for my Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is when I met with Tracy Avis who I've now worked with for nearly 3 years and with whom I continue to have regular clinical supervision with. 

I practice in several settings in Oxfordshire at private clinics and at the Oxford Brookes University Staff Counselling Service.

I work with clients on a variety of issues, including:

  • Depression and low mood
  • All anxiety issues (such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, OCD, Phobias and Health Annxiety)

To extend my standard CBT training with these problems, I have studied a framework developed by David Burns, a key early developer of CBT, called TEAM-CBT (

I have a particular interest in helping people with symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and have furthered my understanding of these difficulties by training in specialist strategies (Rumination-Focused and Inference-based CBT) that can either:

  • Enhance traditional Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP),
  • Or be effective in cases where ERP alone is not fully successful

I offer therapy from an office in North Oxford (Summertown), or online via Zoom. I work with individual clients (adults over the age of 18), and I am fully accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within their professional and ethical guidelines.


Currently, I am also working on a paper with my academic supervisor at Goldsmiths, looking at the relationship between therapeutic engagement and personality traits.