Vicky Riddiford Dipl. Counselling, Registered Member BACP (Accredited)

Vicky Riddiford Dipl. Counselling, Registered Member BACP (Accredited)

Yate
South Gloucestershire
BS37

07919 158972 / 01454 320088

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Yate
South Gloucestershire
BS37

07919 158972 / 01454 320088

About me

I have worked as a counsellor for almost 10 years and I provide my clients with short term or long term counselling from a quiet, private room conveniently based in the centre of Yate, South Gloucestershire.

How counselling can help you


I can offer you a safe and confidential space to talk through the issues that are troubling you. We can explore your concerns at your pace, and work together towards understanding and resolving them.

During your sessions I will support you through the process of understanding how your current situation has come about, and looking at 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. 

My approach

I am a psychodynamic counsellor, which means I will be helping you to explore and untangle the conflicts and struggles that go on within you, and how they may be linked to your early experiences. People often find themselves repeating unhelpful patterns, and not being able to understand why this happens, or how to feel empowered to make different life choices.

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 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and dissociation, as well as the inevitable damage to trust and attachment caused by these traumatic experiences.

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.

Getting started

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.

After an initial discussion on the telephone or via email, we will meet for our first session. 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 things. If we then agree to go ahead and work together, we can decide on a focus and an initial number of sessions, and then we will 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. 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.

I am committed to my Continuing Professional Development, and I have completed a variety of training including workshops and courses on trauma and dissociation, attachment, dreams, unconscious processes, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

I have almost 10 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

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Fees

Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long, and cost £45 per session.

Further information

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.

Maps & Directions

Yate, BS37

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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