Hello! Thank you for looking at our profile. Vanessa and Vashti and set up Hillmorton Counselling Centre in 2017. Having met walking our Cockapoo dogs, realised we shared a common interest and background in counselling, and in particular working with children and young people.
The Hillmorton Counselling Centre is a counselling practice based in Rugby, Warwickshire, offering face-to-face Person-centred counselling to children, young people, and adults. We specialise in working with young people from 10 years upwards, as well as with adults.
Video or Telephone Counselling
Video or telephone counselling however may be more suitable for you than face-to-face counselling. We have taken specialist training to work both online and over the ‘phone with clients. We work with both Zoom and Microsoft Teams, which are confidential and secure online platforms. If this is something you would like to consider or have any questions around this way of working, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Vanessa - I became interested in counselling after receiving personal therapy in 2000. I found the experience very empowering and for me, changed the way that I looked at the world. This gradually led to a career change after working voluntarily with ChildLine and Cruse Bereavement.
Vashti - My interest in counselling came from a desire to understand how we can sort through difficult experiences in life without becoming stuck. I have had counselling myself, and through my work and experience, have seen lives much improved and in some cases transformed.
We are person-centred counsellors situated in Hillmorton, Rugby. We offer confidential support to children young people and adults, in a safe and peaceful environment. We have both worked in many different counselling environments with people of all ages experiencing various difficulties in their lives.
Most people at some point in their lives struggle and sometimes need to ask for help. At these times counselling can be a very helpful tool to help people overcome and make sense of whatever is troubling them. This applies to young and old alike. Unfortunately there is no magic wand – however, we know how people’s lives can be changed and improved through working closely with a counsellor, who is able to support and walk alongside the individual. Counselling for us, is not meant to be a permanent fixture in somebody’s life, but rather a safe, non-judgemental place to work through and hopefully resolve issues we are struggling to work out on our own.
Obviously it is vital that the counsellor you choose is qualified and able to work safely with you. We believe mental health is as important as physical health in order to live a fulfilling life. We have both worked hard and continue to work on personal self-development and training so that we can offer our clients the highest standard of support possible. Between us we have a wide range of skills, and we work as a team to offer each client the most appropriate counsellor for their needs.
What happens next....
If you would like to have a chat about your concerns and how counselling may be of help to you then please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email. We would aim to offer you a first appointment by the following week either face to face, online or over the 'phone and offer you the most appropriate counsellor for your needs.
Our first session is free so it will give you the opportunity to meet and see if we can work together. We can consider how often you would like to come and for how long. We would encourage weekly sessions as regular appointments will help us to get to know each other and progress with the counselling work.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our desire to offer people a safe place in which to explore their difficulties without judgement and in confidence is supported by close attention to professional standards. We engage with regular clinical supervision from outside sources to check levels of effectiveness and good practice.
We are both qualified counsellors and are Registered Members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with a Certificate of Proficiency and work to their ethical framework.
We are covered by all the relevant insurances in accordance with the BACP and both hold an enhanced DBS check. We are registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) registration number: ZA403626.
We have taken specialist training to work both online and over the ‘phone with clients. We would recommend both Zoom and Microsoft Teams, which are confidential and secure online platforms. If this is something you would like to consider or have any questions around this way of working, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Member organisations *
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
£45 per hour.
Payment by cash or bank transfer.
You can make an initial appointment free of charge, to give yourself and or your child, the opportunity to talk about whether counselling is the right step forward for you just now. You can also see whether we feel the right fit for you or your child.
Alternatively we can arrange an online initial meeting to see whether online counselling feels comfortable for you, too.
When we work
We will endeavour to be as flexible as we can - including evenings and weekends
Our Hillmorton based practice is conveniently located in the High Street with free parking directly outside our premises.