Dr. Victoria Galbraith CPsychol AFBPsS - HCPC Registered Psychologist
Covid-19 Update to Practice: I'm a Registered Psychologist providing Online Therapy (inc. CBT, EMDR) and Mindfulness courses via Zoom, Skype, Telephone, Email & Instant Chat. Recognised mental healthcare provider for major health insurance companies inc. BUPA/ AXA.
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I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist (HCPC registered practitioner) with an independent psychological therapy practice with clinics held at the Nuffield Health Hospital, Hereford; and a Ludlow clinic. I also offer remote appointment via Zoom as appropriate. I am recognised as a mental health care provider with all the major health insurance companies (e.g. BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Pru Health) .
I have many years experience of working therapeutically and training others to work with a wide variety of client difficulties and diagnoses, from personal development/growth and relationship problems to mild, moderate and severe mental health difficulties; and I also work with young people. My aim is to build a collaborative relationship with you, in order that you feel comfortable working with me and to identify underlying issues to empower you to consider change.
I consider myself to be an integrative practitioner which means I can tailor the way I work to suit you and your reasons for coming to see me. I use the predominant models of psychological therapy in my work (CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), humanistic, psychodynamic, EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing)) and also mindfulness techniques.
I have over 15 years post-qualification experience in the field of Counselling Psychology; and throughout my employment to date, I have worked within the NHS, the private sector, in a consultative capacity for various private and commercial organisations, and for over a decade as a professional trainer on a professional doctorate course in counselling psychology. More recently, I was programme director for the professional doctorate in counselling psychology at the University of Wolverhampton and currently work as Registrar for the British Psychological Society's Qualification in Counselling Psychology.
I have been involved in writing and editing books, namely as co-editor for the 4th edition of the Handbook of Counselling Psychology, published by Sage in 2016; and Topics in Applied Psychology: Counselling Psychology, published by Routledge in 2017.
I have been featured in a variety of media publications (for example, Wellbeing @ Work Series for Teachers TV, Five News Live; newspaper and magazine articles include The Independent, Daily Express, Glamour, Men's Health, Top Sante, Mother & Baby, Psychologies) and have provided psychological assessments for the BBC.
What to expect:
I know that you may be entering unchartered territory by taking the first step of entering into therapy and many individuals can feel quite anxious when faced with this situation. My aim is therefore to make sure that the first session with me is as warm and welcoming as possible for you so that you can gain a good understanding of what it might be like to work with me.
I aim to provide a safe, professional, respectful and confidential service to adults and young people. I am accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means that I abide by their code of conduct and ethical guidelines.
Consultation session: I am here to listen to you without judgement and I have a variety of approaches and techniques that I can draw upon in order to assist you. In a first session with me, you will be asked to explain as much about your reasons for seeking assistance as you can, so that I can gain a better understanding of how I may be able to assist and ways in which we may work together. However, if this feels uncomfortable for you, rest assured, we will always be working at your own pace and if you feel uncertain about explaining certain things, I will respect your decisions at all times. During this first session, it is hoped that you will feel supported and understood; and you can see whether you feel comfortable working with me. If, at the end of the session, you feel as though you would like to continue working with me then we can arrange another appointment or alternatively you can go away and have a think about it.
If you decide that you would like to continue working with me, I usually suggest six further sessions with the opportunity to review progress every session; with the option of continuing beyond six sessions should we both feel that this would be appropriate. Some people require six sessions or less; others may need many more than the initial six sessions.
As a Registered Practitioner Psychologist, my aim is to assist individuals to make decisions for themselves , to improve their sense of personal wellbeing and to alleviate distress. My work is concerned with the application of psychological theories and techniques to help people deal with everyday problems associated with life events.
My psychological therapy service is available to individuals seeking help for themselves as well as to clients referred by other agencies.
Training, qualifications & experience
Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
MSc (with merit) Applied Forensic Psychology
Post-MSc Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Postgraduate Certificate in the Foundations of Psychological Counselling
BSc (hons) Psychology
Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert in HE)
Mindfulness Teacher Training (Mindfulness for Stress/MBSR, Mindfulness for Health,
Mindfulness in Schools (Paws B and .b))
Diploma in HypnoBirthing
Counselling Psychologist - Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Chartered Psychologist:
- Division of Counselling Psychology
- Special Group in Coaching Psychology
- Qualitative Methods Section
Fellow and Registered Practitioner of the Higher Education Academy
Accredited Mindfulness Teacher with Breathworks
Member of the HypnoBirthing Association
Work for Professional Body:
I currently work as Registrar for the BPS (British Psychological Society) Qualification in Counselling Psychology and, until recently, served the Society's (BPS) Training Committee for Counselling Psychology.
I have previously undertaken the role of Assessor for BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer additional services, including consultancy for organisations, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction groups (MBSR), Mindfulness for Health (pain) groups, Mindfulness in Schools (both the Paws b (7-11 year olds) and .b programmes (11-18 year olds)), workshops, retreats and media work. I am a fully trained HypnoBirthing teacher, which is a full antenatal training preparing couples for a calm and confident birth.
For retreats and workshops - take a look at my websites (www.drvictoriagalbraith.co.uk and www.seacotherapy.co.uk) for further details.
£90 - Remote Sessions via Zoom/Skype/Telephone (50-mins)
£90 - Instant Chat
£45 - Email Therapy (one e-mail response per payment)
£50 - Email Guidance
4-Week Online Mindfulness Course with focus towards Covid-19 Stress:
Currently online via Zoom - £40 for 4-week course, with proceeds towards NHS Charities Together
Trainee therapists, NHS Staff, British Armed Forces and reduced rate appointments:
I offer a discount on appointments for members of the British Armed Forces, Blue Light workers and NHS Health Professionals. Please discuss with Vanessa Craddock (secretary) upon enquiry. I also have a sliding scale for those unable to afford the regular fee and am therefore able to offer some reduced rate appointments - please enquire for further information.
Health, wellbeing, mindfulness and Hypnobirthing retreats also available.
Please enquire (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
I am recognised as a mental health care provider with all the major health insurance companies (e.g. BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Pru Health) .
Appointments are either weekly, fortnightly, monthly or at the client's convenience.
Ethics: I am a Counselling Psychologist which means that I abide by the Professional Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Therefore, you have every right to expect that I will conduct myself professionally, responsibly and according to the ethical laws, regulations, and code of conduct of these organisations, of which I am a full professional member.