Vanessa Crockford BACP Accred. Dip TA Couns. BA (Hons) BSc (Hons)
I am now offering online and telephone appointments due to the Coronavirus.
Deciding to come to therapy can sometimes be frightening and daunting so I will offer you a space where you can work with me to explore and understand your feelings, how they impact on your life, and find new and different ways to experience less conflict, less stress and more balance and happiness. Sometimes in life, we want to make a change to be happier or to make life different for ourselves. The cornerstone of successful therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist. It is important to me that we are able to work together so we can discuss how to do this in order to achieve the changes you desire.
Other times, change is forced upon us making us question "what is the point?". These might include the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, a home or our mental or physical health. Change can raise a variety of feelings, and some of these feelings can be difficult to understand and live with. These can include anxiety, fear, sadness and anger.
I have had the privilege of working for 30+ years with people who have experienced a range of mental health issues in the private and NHS sector. I have experience of working with people who have a wide range of difficulties including bereavement, anxiety and panic, anger, self-harm and personality disorder, or other diagnosed mental health disorders such as bi-polar disorder and clinical depression. I am also experienced in working with people who have survived child sexual, physical and emotional abuse and the impact of this on their adult lives.
I also work with people who may have relationship difficulties relating to family issues, raising children and couples work. In particular, where diversity has a role.
At your first appointment, we will spend time understanding the difficulties and distress that you bring to counselling.
Often, clients will have 6 to 8 weekly sessions with a review at the end of this period, and can be extended if necessary.
Whether you come as an individual, or a couple or group on your journey through life, we can explore feelings, thoughts and behaviours and discover new ways of finding your way through difficult issues and achieve a greater sense of peace and wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am currently working towards the Certified Transactional Analysis (CTA) and am a member of the Berne Institute. I am also a member of the Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA) and adhere to the ITA and BACP Codes of Ethics and Professional Practice. I also have 25 years experience of both private and NHS practice and experience of working on a 3 day Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Programme for people who have experienced trauma and/or have a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.
I hold the following qualifications.
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications
Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy
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
For individual 1 to 1 sessions - £50 for 50minutes.
Couples sessions are £70 for 75 minutes.
- Emotionally unstable personality disorder
- Life changes including loss, bereavement, maturing and change in family life
- Trauma including sexual, physical and emotional abuse
- Relationship difficulties
- Self harm