Vicky Mills (nee Duddridge
Vicky has a Masters Degree in CBT, is accredited with the BABCP and has over 25 years experience of working with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and eating disorders.
Vicky works with children, young people and adults in a goal-orientated way towards change and people really do recover.
Vicky is also an Eating Disorder Specialist and has years of experience of working within the NHS and privately, with mild eating difficulties and body image problems to the more severe and entrenched eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulemia, EDNOS and Binge-Eating Disorder. and Body Dysmorphia. Vicky has presented on Radio Solent Heart Radio, schools and seminars.
It is important to include parents/carers/partners in the therapy; either in the room or by opening up healthy communication with your support network. Therapy effectiveness is maximised when all factors are skillfully worked with, including physiological effects, family dynamics, poor nutrition, emotion coping skills and unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
Vicky’s approach is compassionate but also tough love and generally people need to feel willing and ready to talk about the hard stuff and face what they may have been avoiding for some time. Vicky heavily relies on her powerful instincts and her years of training to bring about a total understanding of how problems came about in the first place and how they are maintained now, every day. In this way, individuals are empowered to change their lives for good and are often wowed at the clarity they achieve for the first time,
Vicky’s work in the NHS included Eating Disorder Services, IAPT and CAMHS as a CBT Therapist and Supervisor. Vicky’s experience in working with children includes therapist for fostering and childrens homes organisation and Connexions working with you young people. Vicky has worked with an Interpreter many times.
Vicky is a registered Therapist with most medical insurances including Nuffield, Bupa, Aviva, Nuffield and Axa PPP.
Take a look at the reviews on CBT Mills Therapies on Facebook
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters CBT Research (Low Self-esteem) University of Oxford
CBT Clinical Supervisor Training
Post Graduate Diploma C.B.T. for Severe Mental Health, University of Oxford
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Diploma Eating Disorders
Diploma Integrative Counselling
NVQ4 Working with Young People
A Level Psychology
Certificate in Understanding ADHD & Autism
Compassion Focussed Therapy with Eating Disorders (Kenn Goss)
Pathological Demand Avoidance & Challenging Behaviour, Laura Kerbey
Working with Eating Disorders in the Community Workshop
(Fairburn) CBT Skills for Eating Disorders
(Waller) CBT Behavioural Experiments
(Vitousek) CBT & Features of Anorexia
(Veale) Body Dysmorphic Disorder
(Treasure) Treating Disturbed Body Image in ED
CBT with Children & Adolescents OCD
CBT with Children & Adolescents PTSD
Volunteer Youth Counselling Training
Sexual Health, STI & HIV Awareness
Attachment & Addictive & Compulsive Behaviours
Primary & Secondary Attachments: Richard Bowlby
Incredible Years Parent Training
25 years therapy experience - 15 of which focussed on eating problems and disorders; mild, and, more severe in clinical NHS environment. Interventions include Gestalt, CBTe, Self-help, Mindfullness and Behavioural Experiments. Extensive experience of working with young people and families/carers and delivers therapy for a wide range of mental health disorders within the NHS.
Workshops include: 'What to Do if You or Someone Else has an Eating Problem' in schools and the more generic 'Eating Disorders' seminars.
Vicky has worked therapeutically with children in care and with care-leavers. Vicky has extensive experience in working with Depression, Anxiety, Low Self-esteem, Loss, Grief and Stress.
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£105.00 per session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Individual Session: £105 Returning Client: £85
Eating Disorder Workshops fee to be negotiated.
Two other therapists in Clinic who can take referrals at lower fee of £55-£65.
Appointments are daytimes in week, evenings and Saturday mornings
From Client after 7 sessions 2015:
'Your encouragement and calm empathy have really helped me to 'help myself' and see all the positives in my life. You gave me some very important points of focus, which have helped me to make some changes and I feel so much more grounded and in control'.
From Client after 5 sessions 2016:
'I went so see Vicky for counselling after becoming very depressed and suffering with anxiety and panic attacks. It really is astounding how much of a life changer and life saver the counselling sessions with Vicky have been for me. She has helped me to see things in a different perspective and to move on from my demons. I now have more confidence and self-esteem and finally feel happy in my own skin. Vicky has a real gift and I would highly recommend her expert counselling skills to anyone'.
From Client 2016:
I've had CBT before but he tried to get me to think differently without explaining why and it didnt work. Vicky helped me to have my own lightbulb moments and was willing to challenge me; I got a lot from it.
From Male Client with Phobic Anxiety 2018:
Vicky has helped my Anxiety enormously over the last 10 sessions. I would thoroughly recommend her to family and friends.