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Counsellor and Psychotherapist MBACP (Accred),FdSc.

About me

I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist Accredited member of BACP and Accredited Registrant (MNCS Accred) of NCS.  I am also a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). In the last 7 years I have held different positions in the third sector and private practice. I am professionally trained in Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). If you are going through a hard time suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or even if you are not sure yet, I am here to listen and help

I practice across a wide range of issues and have specialist experience of working with people with anxieties such as social anxiety, bullying, psychological or sexual abuse, depression, perfectionism, relationships issues and low self -esteem, ADHD, Work stress and burnout, life transitions and Identity. I have also experience with bereavement and young adult issues in the workplace and at the university.

If after reading here you are considering to work with me , just get in touch for an initial phone call. 

How can counselling help me?

Counselling has proved to be effective in improving lives of those experiencing social anxiety, bereavement, family issues, feeling sad or empty, low self-esteem, abuse and work or study stress, relationship problems and many other issues of people in distress.

I am compassionate and emphatic, dynamic and thoughtful, and I offer a space where you can be truly listened in a non-judgemental, open, warm way in a safe and quiet space.

My approach

My way of working is collaborative, this means that we will decide together the best approach for you. My core training is Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).  I am also informed by Existential Counselling. This means that I am interested and I work with the past and present.

I am a LGBTIQA+ ally and I am sex-positive. I am neurodivergent-affirmative and pro self-advocacy (knowing yourself, knowing your needs, and knowing how to get what you need). I am a Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)-affirmative individual. I am anti-racist. I value diversity and I am against discrimination in all its forms. However, I know I must do my best to learn and be always vigilant and aware of my own blind-spots. 

Psychodynamic Counselling: it explores the past in relationship to the way you feel and behave in the present. The purpose is to gain a better understanding of yourself which will trigger changes in your life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: it focusses on 'the here and now' to proactively change the way you think and behave. Exercises and tasks must be done in between sessions and are  collaboratively set together. Existential Therapy: Existential refers to philosophical themes addressing the difficulties of being human and the awareness of death. The focus is on the personal meaning you have about things in life rather than on the imposition of a theoretical explanation by me, the therapist. The aim is to help you understand more about yourself and foster the awareness that you can choose how to be in the world by changing or tolerating the way things are. 

We will do this at your pace, keeping into account also the practicalities of your life, your preferences and goals of therapy. Together we will create greater awareness about your behaviours and achieve a better, fulfilling life.

We will also decide whether a time-limited approach (a set number of sessions) would work better for you or a more open approach.

To do so, I usually allow 2/3 initial appointments, so that at the end of those we will have decided together what suits better your needs, for how long and which will be the goals of therapy. Shall we come to the conclusion that you will get better help from other professionals/organisations I will support you in finding the right ones, if you wish to. 

Online:  Aside from in person psychotherapy, I offer video calls via skype, Zoom or Whatsapp.  Online sessions offered to people living and residents in UK. Online therapy is not appropriate with suicidal thoughts and longstanding severe mental health conditions. 

What to expect in your first session?

During the first 2/3 sessions (their name is assessment), we will look at your reasons for coming to counselling together with your hopes, expectations and aims for therapy. You will understand a bit more about therapy. 

This is also a good opportunity to get to know each other: for you to reflect on whether you wish to work with me and for us to decide whether we feel that working together can be good and appropriate for you. Shall we come to the conclusion that you will get better help from other professionals/organisations I will support you in finding the right ones, if you wish to. 

Choosing your therapist is a very important step, whatever the therapy our relationship is deemed to be the predictor of a good outcome from therapy. I will always allow some time to reflect whether you feel comfortable enough to work together.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications

Presently I am studying:

  • BSc (Honours) Psychology with Counselling
  • Diploma Online Counselling & Psychotherapy equivalent to L7 Postgraduate

I hold:

  • Diploma L2 Certificate for Online Counselling
  • FdSc Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Accredited BACP Course)
  • HCE Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics
  • Undergo regular CPDs and fortnightly Supevision 
  • My private practice is insured with Towergate Insurance n. ZOVX01IN01

I am an Accredited member of he British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Experience

I have more than 6 years experience of working with people with a wide range of anxieties, depression, relationships issues, phobias, life crisis, self-esteem, perfectionism and stress, work related issues.
I also worked as Bereavement Counsellor and University Student Counsellor in the charity and public sector. I volounteered for the Samaritans for over 3 years.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

National Counselling Society
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

From £60.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Sessions are conducted weekly. Every session is 50 minutes long.

Fee per session: £60. 

Concessions offered based on individual circumstances and are subject to availability please just email me to discuss availability. 

During the first sessions you will be handed a Therapy Working Agreement and a Privacy Policy to review and sign.

I charge for missed sessions. 

More details are available on my website: www.vanessazopptherapy.com

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday to Thursday 1-9pm. 

Usually my flexibility is limited as my diary is typically full with regular clients on a weekly basis, however I can offer a place in my waiting list. 

15b Park Lane, Hornchurch, RM11

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Please be aware that the space is at first floor of a building, this regretfully means that there are a few steps that would not make it friendly for a wheelchair user, whilst it will require some navigating for someone with other mobility difficulties.

Additional languages

Italian

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Social

Vanessa Zopp

Vanessa Zopp