Vanessa Zopp

Counsellor and Psychotherapist (MBACP; FdSc) She/her
Hornchurch RM11 & Romford RM1
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About me

I am a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist professionally trained in Psychodynamic Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and I am a Registered 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). 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 or generalised anxiety disorder, bullying,  psychological or sexual abuse, depression, perfectionism, relationships issues and low self -esteem. I have also experience with bereavement and young adult issues in the workplace and at the university.

If after reading here you are still curious to know a bit more you can find additional info in my website, or simply get in touch with me via mail.

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 for who you really are and be understood in the context of your environment and past 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:

- a more explorative attitude towards your past (Psychodynamic Counselling) 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.

- or a more active attitude focussed on the present (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) where we will work more on the consequences of the past in the here and now to proactively change the way you think and behave.

- integrative approach: time to time I may decide with you to have a more integrative approach in line with our work. You will be always informed about this and we will discuss whether you feel this is useful.

I am also influenced by 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.

My practice 

Aside from in person psychotherapy, I offer video calls via skype, Zoom or Whatsapp.  The way I offer sessions my change to meet health, government, professional body guidelines and work and life requirements.

I believe that therapy is a safe space, and that it can also mean a ‘safe virtual space’ for us to explore about you and support you during a difficult time.

For more detailed information, please visit my website under FAQs

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. 

I will be truthful and acknowledge my limits. If I believe you will get better help receiving support from other professionals/organisations, I will let you know and support you in this.

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 for Online Counselling:  this led to Professional membership of ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online)
    ACTO promotes, maintains, improves and advances online counselling and psychotherapy as a recognised method of therapeutic delivery within the mental health professions.
  • FdSc Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Accredited BACP Course)
  • HCE Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics
  • My private practice is insured with Towergate Insurance n. ZOVX01IN01

I am a Registered member of he Britsh Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I also continue professional development expanding my skills and knowledge by regularly attending workshops, conferences and seminars as well as monthly clinical supervision.

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.
I also worked as Bereavement Counsellor and University Student Counsellor in the charity and public sector. 

I I am proudly neurodivergent and a LGBTIQA+ ally.

I am comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds, sexual orientation and religion and I know I have to do my part in society.

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.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

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.

ACTO

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

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.

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.

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Fees

£60.00 per 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

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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. 

Hornchurch
RM11

Romford
RM1

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