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I believe that there are times in our lives when we struggle to cope and make sense of life’s challenges, leading us to feel isolated, overwhelmed and/or ashamed. Talking to a trained, impartial third party, who has your best interests at heart, is sometimes easier than talking to family and friends and can be healing and nurturing. Counselling can help you arrive at a sense of clarity, making it easier to either change, accept or find ways of coping with your situation, promoting a sense of wellbeing. From a personal development perspective, counselling can facilitate increased self-awareness.


I believe that the root of effective therapy is based on the relationship between the client and counsellor and it is therefore, important that you choose a counsellor that you feel comfortable with, so I recommend that you talk to a few and trust your instinct. I have a strong interest in human resilience and wellbeing and it is a joy for me to work in partnership collaboratively with clients and help them to live more resourcefully and with better coping skills.


In today’s culture the importance of attending to our mental health, verses our physical health, whilst becoming more openly discussed, is still a relatively taboo subject.  I believe that it is a strength, not a weakness, to seek help when we need it and understand that it takes courage to enter counselling for the first time. We all have a need for positive regard, love, acceptance, respect and warmth from others, but unfortunately this is usually given conditionally making it difficult for us to feel valued for ourselves.  I would like to offer you the opportunity to talk to me openly in confidence, with the reassurance that I will work empathically with your best interests at heart so that you feel valued, heard and understood. My approach is warm, open and compassionate and my role is to create a safe, non-judgemental, reflective and accepting space to support and empower you.

You are in control of your sessions and I work with a blend of person-centred approach (focusing on you and the changes you want to make) and psychodynamic approach (valuing the relationship between past and present) according to the needs and perspectives of my clients.

My own personal development and wellbeing are important to me, indeed one of the ethical principles which I adhere to, enabling me to remain fit for practice, is self respect, which encompasses self care. It is not selfish or self indulgent to look after our wellbeing - it is an essential element of self respect.

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.

With best wishes


I just wanted to say a big thank you for your kind and caring help and support with my bereavement process, amongst other matters!!  I’m not sure where I’d be without our counselling sessions, but I’m certain I’m in a better place.’

Thank you so much for helping me over these recent weeks.  Your support, kindness and encouragement have been invaluable.  I really appreciate it.  I think you’ve made a good choice in your chosen path.'

I’ve never opened up and talked to someone about how I was feeling before but I have found it so helpful, thank you.’

Thank you for all your help over the last 12 weeks.  You are very good at what you do.’

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and am guided by the BACP ethical framework and accordingly receive professional supervision to ensure best practice and engage in regular continuing professional development.

  • CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB L3 Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB L2 Counselling Skills

In addition to my private practice, I volunteer at St Christopher’s Hospice as a bereavement service volunteer working with adults and as a Candle Project volunteer working with parents’ and children’s grief.

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


Additional information

I strongly believe that counselling should be affordable and for this reason I keep my fees as low as possible (£40 per 50 minute session). I offer limited concessionary rates (£30 per 50 minute session) for students and low income earners (please enquire at time of inquiry).

My practice is based in Petts Wood with easy on street parking availability. Please telephone or email me to arrange an initial consultation. Thereafter, if you wish to proceed, we can agree a regular weekly time and your counselling session will be available to you for as long as it is helpful.


Daytime, and limited evening and Saturday morning appointments.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Vanessa Hackney

Vanessa Hackney