Victoria Darby MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist

Victoria Darby MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist

2 Malkin Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 7AT

07552086133

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2 Malkin Way
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 7AT

07552086133

About me

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor/ psychotherapist and an accredited member of the BACP.
Based in Watford, I offer day, evening and weekend sessions which last 50 minutes. I practice both short term and long term therapy and we would work together to explore whether short term or long term therapy is appropriate for you. I practice confidential one to one counselling. I am also trained as an EMDR therapist.

There are moments when you might find giving yourself time and space may enable you to explore emotions and experiences.  Counselling/ therapy can provide the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings that you might not feel able to share with those around you.  This could enable you to view yourself and other relationships in different ways and open up new or different paths to understanding yourself.

People who come to see me have a range of experiences that bring them to counselling, such as bereavement, domestic violence, divorce, anger management, self esteem issues, loss, anxiety, PTSD and depression.

Self esteem or negative thoughts about yourself can be a constant source of anxiety and difficult to talk through or understand. By giving yourself time to explore the patterns of negative thoughts about yourself (body image, guilt, self worth, feeling hated or rejected by others) this can open up different paths and ways of seeing yourself and those around you.

Clients often state how distressing and vulnerable it feels to be depressed and that they are often unable to share those feelings with friends, family or work colleagues. By allowing time to explore the feelings that are often kept hidden within a confidential space, this can enable understanding of what might be causing your depression and different ways of seeing you and life can emerge.

Bereavement counselling can provide a space where you are able to explore your grief without someone saying you have to 'move on' and to understand that your grief might be very different to those around you, as every persons grief is a unique journey.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), generalised anxiety and phobias have been shown to respond to EMDR therapy (National Institute of Clinical Excellence,2016). So if you are having flashbacks to a distressing event or feel overwhelmed by anxiety or a phobia EMDR might be a therapy for you. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of PTSD. For further information on EMDR please visit www.emdria.org

If, after reading my profile, you feel you would like to find out more or arrange an initial assessment please telephone 07552-086133. You may get the answer phone machine if I am unable to take your call at that time. Please leave a message, convenient times that I may call you back and your telephone number. Your message is treated confidentially and I will respond to your call as soon as possible.

FAQ

What happens in counselling?

There are many different types of counselling/psychotherapy and different perceptions of what occurs in counselling.  Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore losses/anxiety/specific experiences in a confidential setting.

The initial assessment is an opportunity for you to assess if you feel we can work together and for me to assess if I am able to enter into a counselling partnership with you.

How often will we meet?

We would meet each week, at the same time, on the same day, for 50 minutes.  I will give you four weeks notice of any holiday I have and I would ask you to let me know of any sessions you were unable to make with as much notice as you were able to.

How long will the counselling last?

With each person who enters counselling the length of counselling can be different so I cannot give you a definitive answer. Open ended counselling has no set time limit.  This means that when you feel you might want to end the counselling we will discuss ending together.  Time limited counselling can range from 6 to 12 weeks. Until we have met I am unable to say what whether open ended or time limited counselling might be more appropriate for you.

What experience do you have?

My background is within the NHS and Education for the last 20 years. I have had my own private practice for over 5 years and for four years before that I trained in Psychotherapy. I have coordinated a counselling service within a hospice and worked for several counselling organisations, including a hospice and an adult psychotherapy organisation. I have also trained as an EMDR therapist in 2016.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor/ psychotherapist who trained for four years in Therapeutic counselling. I am a trained bereavement counsellor and worked as a bereavement co-ordinator for a hospice charity. I have worked with clients who have experienced issues in bereavement, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, domestic violence and losses such as bereavement and divorce.


I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics.
I am a qualified therapist with a Post graduate diploma in Therapeutic counselling.
I have an Enhanced CRB and I have full insurance to practice.
I am an EMDR therapist having completed part 1,2 and 3 of the 3 part EMDR training.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavement and Loss

Fees

My fee structure is as follows:

For an initial assessment it is £50 with no obligation.
Weekly sessions are £50 for a 50 minute session. 

For EMDR therapy:
For an initial assessment it is £50 with no obligation.
Weekly sessions are £50 for a 50 minute session and £90 for an extended 90 minute session. Extended sessions are only completed with mutual agreemeant and when clinically necessary.

The fee will be discussed at your initial assessment in relation to your personal circumstances.

Further information

If, after reading my profile, you feel you would like to find out more or arrange an initial assessment please telephone 07552-086133. You may get the answer phone machine if I am unable to take your call at that time. Please leave a message, convenient times that I may call you back and your telephone number. Your message is treated confidentially and I will respond to your call as soon as possible.


Location

I am located 3 minutes walk from Watford Metropolitan Tube Station.

There is easy access from Junctions 19 to 21a on the M25 which is 15 minutes drive

and Junction 5 on the M1 which is 10 minutes drive from here.

Maps & Directions

Watford, WD18 7AT

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I work on Saturday mornings from 8am until 12:30. I also see clients during the day and several evenings until 9pm. When you contact me we will explore a time that works for you.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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