Vicky Riddiford Dipl. Counselling, Registered Member BACP (Accredited)
07919 158972 / 01454 320088
How can counselling help you?
Are you feeling troubled by worries or difficulties which are preventing you from leading the life you want? Together we can safely explore your concerns in a confidential and non-judgmental space so you can begin to move forward with your life.
How will we work together?
During our time together I will support you through the process of understanding how your situation could be connected to your past experiences and current influences. You can then begin to find new ways of looking at your life, and develop new strategies for moving forward. The key to the success of counselling is in establishing a trusting relationship, where you feel listened to and understood. This can enable you to explore topics which might feel too sensitive or upsetting to discuss with friends or loved ones.
How long will we work together?
You can choose to work short-term and focus on a particular issue, or you may prefer to have longer-term support, to give yourself time to work things through at your own pace.
What is my approach?
I am a relational, integrative counsellor, which means I draw on a variety of counselling models and theories to inform my thinking. My main focus is psychodynamic and attachment-based, so I will be helping you to explore your unconscious thoughts and feelings, and how they are linked to your early experiences and to your current struggles. I also have a lot of experience in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma, so I have a good understanding of PTSD and dissociation, as well as the inevitable damage to trust and attachment caused by these traumatic experiences.
What are my professional credentials?
I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy - Certificate No. 027623). This means that I adhere to the Association’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling, and I have regular counselling supervision. I also have professional indemnity insurance, and I am committed to my continuing professional development to keep my knowledge and skills up to date.
Where will we meet?
I have a counselling room in Therapy Health & Beauty Clinic within Yate Leisure Centre. The room is quiet, confidential and comfortable. I offer individual counselling to adults on a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, eating disorders, trauma and abuse.
What will the first session be like?
After an initial discussion on the telephone or via email, we will meet for our first session. This will be a chance for us both to decide if we can work well together. I will ask you to tell me a little bit about what is troubling you, and briefly about your life history, so that we can start to make sense of how you've got to where you are today. If we then go ahead and work together, we can agree on a focus, decide on an initial number of sessions, and then we'll regularly review to see how things are progressing.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) – University of the West of England 2008 (level 6 qualification, BACP-accredited)
Certificate in Counselling Skills – University of the West of England 2006
One year Introduction to Group Analysis qualification – Group Analysis South West 2008
Accredited and Registered Member of BACP (Certificate No. 027623) since 2012
A wide range of Continuing Professional Development, including:
“The Nature of Trauma and Dissociation” – Confer UK
“Trauma and the Body” and “Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery” – PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
Various workshops and courses on subjects including attachment, dreams, unconscious processes, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
I have many years’ experience working as a counsellor in Third Sector organisations in Bristol, with adults with various mental health issues and very difficult life experiences. I also provide brief, time-limited counselling in an NHS IAPT service, as well as open-ended counselling in private practice.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- 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
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
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Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long, and cost £45 per session.
I work within Therapy Health & Beauty Clinic at Yate Leisure Centre, which is in the shopping centre, a few minutes’ walk from the bus station and about 15 minutes’ walk from the train station. The room is accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. It is a quiet, private and calm environment.
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Types of client