Dr Vanessa Holbrook
My name is Vanessa Holbrook and I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist. I offer individual therapy based on psychological theory, to explore your experiences, whilst providing a compassionate and empathic therapeutic space.
People access therapy for many different reasons and I believe that it is important for us to work together to think about what you want to gain from the sessions. I can help guide you through the therapeutic process by drawing from integrative, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches. These can be tailored to best suit your individual needs.
I appreciate that meeting with a therapist for the first time can be daunting and therefore recommend having initial contact over the telephone, or via email, so that you can ask questions about the process. We can talk through how psychological therapy could be helpful for you right now and set up an initial appointment.
This initial appointment allows us both to think together about the difficulties that you are experiencing and how a psychological approach can help you at this time. If we decide to continue to work together, we will discuss what we will work on and how often our sessions will take place. I hope to be able to help you make sense of the difficulties that you have been experiencing and to find ways to help you through this.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed Counselling Psychology doctoral training and have been working within the NHS for over 8 years. I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and follow their Ethical Code of Conduct. I have also completed a postgraduate diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy at the University of Birmingham.
I am influenced as a psychologist in supporting adults (16+ years) to develop a better relationship with themselves. I am currently working with people that have a range of eating difficulties and who have a difficult relationship with their body within an eating disorder service. I have experience of working in a range of NHS settings as well as at The Priory Group within the mental health services. I have worked with people who have emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression and OCD. I can also help people to deal with and process traumatic events, as well as supporting people through loss and bereavement, bullying, low self-esteem, assertiveness building and relationship difficulties.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The fee for one-to-one hour session is £80. The initial session will be an assessment session.
I work from two private consulting rooms in Kings Heath and at the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. Parking is readily available and it's location has good links to local public transport. Appointments are offered on weeknights (Monday – Wednesday after 7pm) or on Saturday mornings. Free parking available within walking distance from both locations. There is a waiting room in both locations.