Vanessa Bunting-Palmer, MA Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)
Often, even though we may want to change, we feel stuck in familiar ways of dealing with situations and unable to move forward in our lives.
I am a psychodynamically-trained counsellor, which involves looking at the patterns which we have learned growing up and through our family relationships and formative experiences and how they affect us today. This means that present painful situations that have their roots in the past can be understood in a different and clearer way. This insight can then offer the choice on how to move forward into the future.
In addition to being psychodynamically trained, I have also incorporated different theories into my practice and this enables me to work flexibly, both with the traditional ‘talking therapy’ and with the use of creative tools, including sandplay.
Our work together will be personalised to your needs and conducted at the pace that you want. Our sessions can also include creative and play activities as suit you. The aim of the work is to find solutions that work for you and that enable you to make the changes you want. It is my greatest joy as a counsellor to witness a client leave behind that feeling of being 'stuck'.
The opportunity to be listened to, in confidence and without judgement, is the essence of counselling. From this basis it then becomes possible to build a trusting relationship which is at the heart of any work that we do together.
Arranging an initial appointment is the first step towards this change. Our first meeting gives you the opportunity to talk about what brings you to counselling and what you hope to get out of it, to ask any questions you may have and for us to discuss how we might work together.
If you would then like to continue, sessions would be weekly, lasting for 50 minutes. We can work
- open-ended, with no limit set on the number of sessions, or
- time-limited, usually for an initial 6 sessions, which is then reviewed.
Training, qualifications & experience
Masters Degree in Counselling, University of Reading
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Reading
CPCAB L6 Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Redlands Training
Postgraduate Certificate in Education
I am a psychodynamic and integrative counsellor, with many years of experience working with both adults and young people, in private practice, in school and at a BACP accredited youth agency.
I also have 25 years’ experience as a teacher and Head of Year in a secondary school.
As a registered and accredited member of the BACP I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework. I have regular supervision and continue to develop my skills with frequent Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £45 for a 50-minute counselling session. This fee also applies to the initial assessment session.
I work from a beautiful log cabin set at the end of my garden, which offers a warm and confidential space in which to talk.