Victoria Hepburn

Victoria Hepburn

Hastings
TN34

Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21

07989 360182

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Hastings
TN34

Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21

07989 360182

About me

I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of BACP working with adults and young people aged 16 years and above. I currently work from a practice in Eastbourne and Hastings areas. I have experience supporting people with range of issues including: anxiety, bereavement, depression, trauma, abuse and relationship issues. I offer a place to be heard by someone skilled in listening who is not connected to your concerns but willing to go through them with you. Having someone to "walk alongside" as you explore your thoughts and feelings can bring new perspective and insight that can offer comfort and new opportunities for change.

I believe that counselling is a place to be heard on a profound level in a supportive relationship. My way of working is to pay attention to the way that you as an individual tell your story, what that means to you and which areas you experience difficulties. Telling your story is often a huge step in the direction of finding a way through difficulty. Sharing with someone your thoughts and feelings is not always easy. I recognise how creativity can work as a tool for building self esteem and expressing difficult thoughts and feelings in a safe way.

I am an integrative counsellor which means I draw on a variety of influences and theory in my work. My training includes: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Person Centred theories as well as Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy. Integration is for me finding a thread that anchors us. I believe that in difficult times we can lose sight of the thread that helps us feel whole. Working mindfully and creatively can help to find a perspective that steadies us through life's challenges. I offer clients the opportunity to be heard and responded to in a safe, non judgemental way that fosters an attitude of listening to ourselves for healing and growth. I facilitate anger management groups through a counselling charity in Hastings and have also co-facilitated creative therapy groups for women who have experienced abuse.

Research shows that it is the relationship between counsellor and client that is the most significant indicator of therapeutic benefit for the client. The working relationship that I build with my clients is the most important aspect of my work, I will often share with you the theories that inform my thinking as I believe that you are the expert when it comes to understanding you.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines ensuring I offer my clients a safe and confidential service.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with a variety of concerns including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Low self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Pornography addiction
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce/separation
  • Carers of family members
  • Identity crisis
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm

I have experience of working with young adults at YMCA Dialogue and with adults on low wage/benefits at Counselling Plus Community. I offer both short term counselling (6-12 sessions) and open ended contracts.

In addition to my counselling practice I have experience supporting children and adults with acute mental distress, including employment as a tutor working with children diagnosed with autism. In my work with children with autism I also worked closely with families. I have been inspired by this to continue working with children, young adults and families, particularly in working to overcome barriers to support and learning through counselling.

Qualifications

~Humanistic Integrative Counselling BACP Accredited Diploma
~Certificate in Counselling Skills with an emphasis on Mindfulness-Based Practise, OCN accredited One Year Advanced
~Counselling Skills, CPCAB Level 2
~MA Creative Writing and Personal Development
~BA Hons. English and European Literature

CPD Counselling Courses

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Transaction al Analysis• Transactional Analysis 101• Trauma and Recovery• Depression• Shame• Psychological Games• The Shame of Addiction• Advanced Counselling Skills• Attachment, Attachment Disorder, Trauma and Recovery• Contact and Immediacy • Safeguarding• Equality and Diversity• Trauma Informed Approach

Member organisations

BACP

Photos & videos

  • Victoria Hepburn image 1

Fees

£45 for evening/weekend sessions, £40 for weekday daytime sessions (before 5pm)

50 minute session time.

Initial meeting reduced fee of £20, this gives us a chance to be sure that I am the right counsellor for you before committing to working together. I may refer you to another counsellor if it becomes apparent that you would benefit from a counsellor with a different approach from mine.

Maps & Directions

Hastings, TN34
Eastbourne, BN21

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Various evening and daytime appointments please contact for details

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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