A. Wills Virgo - Counsellor MBACP
Hi, Im Wills Virgo.
April 2020 COVID 19
During this difficult time of uncertainty I will be able to offer digital counselling through zoom or over the telephone.( I will be returning to face to face counselling from the beginning of September, this is of course for thoughs clients who would like to work this way)
Things may seem pretty bumpy at the moment and finding yourself in this unusual situation may seem scary, what is being asked of us is a tall order and you may find yourself with feelings that are hard to make sense of, I'm here to help,give me a Call on 07799646998 For a friendly voice & listening ear, we can discuss how I maybe able to help and what support you need during this time. Stay safe
Welcome to my counselling profile and thank you for clicking on my page, im an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist working with individuals in Brighton & hove.
Some of us reach a point in our lives where how we are living is no longer OK. There may be a specific event or incident that is affecting us in some way, or we may just have a sense that something is not ‘right’ and we want to understand what is going on, and maybe do something about it.
Deciding to seek counselling can seem a difficult first step particularly if you have never done this before. However, many people who have attended counselling say that they grow through the experience, undergo transformation and leave with hope for the future.
What is counselling or therapy? Well, it is a way to help with problems that arise in your life. It is often described as talking therapy. Its a dialogue, which is non-judgmental, confidential and a place to talk to an impartial person about your worries. It's a chance to find a path through difficult times in your life.
My practice is best described as relational counselling. It is a non-directive form of therapy, which acknowledges that you are the expert on your life and that I do not claim to have any answers that you cannot find from within yourself. However, it can be helpful to be supported in finding these answers or a path which is where therapy plays an important part.
My part is to listen, accept and assist in enabling you to gain increased awareness of yourself, your environment and the implications of the choices you make, leading you to a more meaningful and fulfilling life. My method relies heavily on a collaboration, with me acting as a guide for you to explore what you need to.
My approach enables clients to become aware of the strengths they have and through this process develop and build a trusting relationship where clients can freely explore their feelings, where I support them with positive long term change.
I am a fully qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I also work as counselling tutor within Worthing college.
I am passionate about helping clients explore and work through their difficulties and issues,I have extensive experience of working as counsellor with the following issues such as anger, loss, low self-esteem, and self-confidence, substance abuse, anxiety, bereavement, domestic abuse, eating disorders, sexual violence, self-harm, feeling sad, panic disorders and relationship issues.
I work collaboratively with you to agree on how your sessions are structured and to ensure we have an agreed outcome to work towards. In my experience counselling is most effective when people feel safe enough to learn about themselves, to identify beliefs or responses that aren’t helpful anymore and start to explore new ways of thinking.
I offer one-to-one counselling on a short or long term basis which depends entirely on you. Either way we will regularly review our work together to ensure you are getting what you need out of the counselling process. Our first initial session will give you a chance to meet me and to discuss your needs and expectations. If you decide to continue then we will regularly meet each week for 50 minutes.
If you have any questions or want to book an initial session, please email, text or call, I look forward to hearing from you. I offer a free initial session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- CBCAP Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPD Training in:
- Domestic Violence
- Suicide Prevention
- Self Harm
- self image
How do you manage negative thoughts? That inner voice saying, 'I’m not good enough’, ‘I am not as smart as’, ‘I should be better than’, ‘I should be perfect in my job, relationship and life!
These distorted beliefs take their toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Therapy can help you understand your thoughts and feelings and help you see and believe in your own abilities and worth as a person.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per 50 minute session.
£30 a session for counselling students, with a minimum commitment to 20 sessions.