Vanessa Crockford BACP Accred. Dip TA Couns. BA (Hons) BSc (Hons)
289 Abbeydale Road
The Natural Health Practice
1 Station Approach
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 25 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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Human Givens psychotherapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
For individual 1 to 1 sessions - £45 for 50minutes.
Couples sessions are £60 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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer some flexibility with regards to the appointment times.
Types of client