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

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 LGBTG+ 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

Laura McDonald

Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, PGCERT, PGDIP, MST(OXON)

Laura is a graduate of the Master’s Program at the University of Oxford, where she has returned as a part time lecturer and tutor. Her classes have a keen following among professionals looking to hone their counselling skills in a variety of roles and institutional settings, from theology to midwifery. One of her proudest achievements is in devising and delivering University of Oxford’s first (and so far only) course dedicated to counselling in schools.

Through her involvement in professional sport and corporate it delivery, Laura understands how life challenges can feel temporarily overwhelming for most of us at some point in our lives, however successful we might be. Laura is especially skilled in helping clients overcome anxiety, whether performance related, fear of social situations or worries about health and family.

Her life experience has allowed Laura insight into many people’s experiences of work and family life and how the issues these bring may be shared and overcome through appropriate therapeutic intervention. Laura works with all age groups while her research interest is focused on older teenagers and young professionals. She also provides consultancy to organisations concerned with meeting the mental health needs of their staff.