Victoria A Moore DipCouns, BSc(Hons), PGDip(psychotherapy), RN
I have completed additional training in delivering on-line therapy and therefore am able to offer remote sessions via telephone or video call during the covid 19 pandemic or if other circumstances prevent you from attending a session in person.
With a background in nursing, I am able to work with issues relating to mental health and well-being, as well as general personal and relationship issues. I can offer different therapy approaches to suit individual needs. Some concessions are available for those on low incomes and students training to be counsellors.
I specialise in counselling and psychotherapy and I am able to offer therapy without being constrained by a long NHS waiting list and limited sessions.
How I work
I respect the uniqueness of each individual and believe clients are the experts on themselves. I use a holistic approach, helping clients to use their own resources and build on their strengths, working through issues, solving problems, achieving goals, and increasing self-awareness.
My Approach & Philosophy
My approach is friendly and client-centred; and my philosophy is integrative, informed by several psychological theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic and Gestalt.
I believe that the past can affect the present and, subsequently, determine the future; and so it can be useful to explore past experiences.
For some difficulties, it helps to focus on changing the patterns of thinking and behaviour which can lie behind problems.
I also find that the relationship between the therapist and client can be very informative, supportive and healing.
Training, qualifications & experience
After qualifying as a mental health nurse within the National Health Service, I trained to be a psychotherapeutic counsellor and later completed extensive post-graduate training to become a psychotherapist. I am regularly updating my knowledge and skills with continued professional development.
I have experience of seeing clients in a GP practice and I have run my own private practice since 2002. I hold a substantive post within the NHS and remain registered as a mental health nurse.
- 2020 Certificate (merit) in Online Counselling using Audio & Webcam
- 2019 Post-Graduate Diploma (merit) in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
- 2016 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Couples
- 2014 Adolescent Mentalisation Based Integrative Treatment
- 2014 Mentalisation Based Therapy: Keeping Mind in Mind
- 2014 Post-Qualifying Certificate in Working with the Couple in Mind
- 2013 Working with People with Personality Disorder
- 2012 BSc (Hons) II.i Clinical Practice (Psychosocial Care)
- 2011 Couples Counselling and Sex Therapy
- 2008 Post-Qualifying Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills
- 2008 Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) Training, Accreditation & Registration
- 2003 Couples Counselling Skills
- 2002 BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling; European Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling; Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
- 2000 Certificate in Counselling
- 1999 Diploma in Nursing; NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse
Accreditation & Registration
As a therapist, I am a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP); and an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and United Kingdom Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (UKRCP). As a nurse, I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Code of Ethics
I abide by the BACP, UKCP and NMC Codes of Conduct, which can be found on their websites, and involve maintaining confidentiality; acting with integrity and professionalism; attending regular supervision; and holding professional indemnity insurance.
My Own Experience of Therapy
Naturally, I have also received my own in-depth therapy over several years so I am able to appreciate how it feels to be a client.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with clients on the following issues:
Stress / anxiety / OCD / depression
Eating disorders / addiction / self-harm
Emotional difficulties / personality disorders
Enduring mental ill-health / dementia
Autistic spectrum conditions / ADHD / learning differences & disabilities
Sexuality / relationships / families
Trauma / childhood abuse
Self-esteem / confidence / assertiveness / anger
Bereavement and loss / life crises
Free Initial Consultation
I offer a free initial consultation to assess your needs and discuss how counselling / psychotherapy may help you. This is an opportunity for us to get a taste of how therapy would be and consider how we might work together.
Length of Therapy
If we decide to work together, a therapeutic plan is then mutually agreed. This may be for a fixed number of sessions (eg 6-12) if short-term, focussed, work is required; or a more open-ended approach may be preferred, with periodic reviews along the way.
Fees are £60 for individuals and £70 for couples.
I am recognised by most private medical insurers.
Sessions last 50 minutes and are usually weekly, at least initially. Daytime, evening and weekend appointments are available.
I have a therapy room in north Tonbridge. I also work from the Community Support Centre, in Maidstone town centre.
Both rooms are comfortable, quiet and private. There is free parking available at both locations.
Concessions offered for
Clients My counselling and psychotherapy services are open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, religion, race, or culture.
I see individuals and couples; adults, young people and children.
As well as private clients, I am happy to see people who are funded by private medical insurance (Aviva, AXA, BUPA, Cigna, Vitality) or their employer.
Length of Therapy
I can offer both short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy.