Vicky O'Sullivan, MBACP (Accredited) Adults and Young People
With sixteen years of counselling, and a total of 30 years of experience as a therapist working in educational, health and social care settings, I provide counselling and psychotherapy for adults and young people 11 years and over.
Many people use counselling to help them through difficult periods in their lives. It can help to gain understanding and clarity with regard to personal issues, allow careful consideration of life options, facilitate an improvement in self esteem, and provide a platform to move forward.
Counselling can be helpful if we are experiencing difficulties related to depression, stress, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems, health issues, poor self esteem and many other challenges that life may present us with.
Even people who have supportive family or friends may find it difficult to discuss their personal issues with those close to them. Counselling provides a setting that is impartial and confidential and can provide a forum to move towards a better state of mind.
I am highly experienced and qualified counsellor, having graduated in counselling from the University of Surrey in 2001. I provide counselling to adults and young people. My approach is Humanistic, primarily Person Centred.
After leaving school I trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked in health and social care for 30 years. I was always very interested in the psychological and emotional aspects of the work with my clients and so decided to develop this interest and begin training as a counsellor. I began by studying for certificates in counselling skills and theory when my children were small and continued my studies at the University of Surrey as they got older and I had more time.
Since then I have continued to study and develop my professional and clinical skills.
In addition to my private practice I have worked for 13 years as the counsellor at a large secondary school in Hampshire and spent 7 years providing counselling for a 6th form college in Surrey.
I was also a long term member of the Surrey Trauma Support Team.
My approach is Humanistic, primarily Person Centred. I have additional training in other theoretical approaches such as Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis and Existential Therapy and these also inform my work.
Humanistic Counselling focuses on personal growth and development. As a Person Centred Counsellor I will offer you a safe, non directive, non judgemental environment in which you will be able to talk freely and explore your concerns.
This approach puts the emphasis on the positive relationship between the counsellor and client which enables an open and honest expression of feelings in order to gain insight, clarification, consider options and have greater control over the future.
I provide face to face counselling to individuals and couples in a welcoming therapy room in my home. Our work together can be short term or long term depending on your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (University of Surrey) - 2001
Post Grad. Diploma in Attachment Based Therapy (Wimbledon Guild) - 2015
Certificate in Couples Counselling - 2016
Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists - 1981
Certificates in Counselling Skills and Theory
Autistic spectrum disorders
Cruse Bereavement Counselling
Extensive trauma training
Critical incident debriefing
Post qualifying certificate in Counselling Young People
Post qualifying certificate in the Psychology of Trauma
Post qualifying certificates in Attachment Theory
Post qualifying certificate in Working with Eating Disorders
Post qualifying certificate in Working with Addiction
Post qualifying certificate in Neurobiology - the impact of trauma on mind and body
Post qualifying certificate in Growing up Female
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues related to disability or poor health
Mental health issues
Autism spectrum disorders
Low self esteem
Major life changes
Family and relationship issues
Issues related to the elderly
Unhappiness, distress and sadness
Individuals: £50 per hour.
Couples: £60 per hour
(I keep a few appointments available at a reduced rate for those in receipt of benefits, on low incomes or for student counsellors. I would be very happy to discuss this with you so please ask).
Evening appointments available
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk/ethicalframework)
I hold professional liability insurance and am CRB (police) checked.
Please feel free to call or e mail if you would like to find out more or to arrange an appointment.
You can also check out my web site: www.vicky-counselling.com
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments available Monday - Friday
Types of client