The current pandemic has impacted various areas of our lives including how and where we access counselling. Whilst initially we moved counselling appointments online, it is now possible to return to face to face appointments (from 3 August 2020). We will also continue with online appointments on request.
We have carried out a full risk assessment, which is available to view and are keeping up to date with the latest advice from the Government, NHS and our professional counselling body, the British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
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 - www.hillmortoncounsellingcentre.co.uk
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 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.
Member organisations *
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 we deal with
£40 per counselling hour (50 mins)
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.
Our Hillmorton based practice is conveniently located in the High Street with free parking directly outside our premises.