Verity Spencer MBACP, BSc Psych (Lon). Advanced Dip. Integrative Counselling
I am a qualified Humanistic Integrative Counsellor with over ten years experience. I offer professional psychological support in a dependable, calm and confidential environment, where you will have an opportunity to explore your feelings and to understand yourself and your life from a different perspective. The aim is reduce confusion and to enable you to make informed choices, manage challenges, or to make positive changes.
The process involves making connections and then identifying what changes can be made in your life. Therapy also encourages you to recognise and consider what cannot be changed.
Many people are nervous at the prospect of coming to counselling, especially if it's for the first time, so the first appointment will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your reasons for attending counselling and to consider the best way forward.
I am a member of BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a graduate member of the BPS (The British Psychological Society).
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc. Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, a BACP accredited course at CPPD, London. This provided a solid foundation in the major approaches of Psychodynamic Concepts and Person Centred Counselling.
Advanced Certificate, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. (The Twickenham Therapy Centre)
Working with Couples. (Tavistock and Portman)
Certificate, Mindfulness and Meditation. (British Mindfulness Institute)
Certificate, Online and Telephone Counselling. (Counselling Tutor)
Enhanced DBS Certificate.
I have regular clinical supervision and a regular programme of continuing professional development.
I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and as such am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am also a graduate member of The British Psychological Society.
My private practice is convenient to reach from Chertsey or Virginia Water. I work with young people and adults who are experiencing sadness, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement and loss, and low self-esteem.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Individual sessions 50 minutes. Fees £50.
Payment by cash or bank transfer.
Please telephone or email for an appointment.
Please do enquire about the possibility of concessionary rates.
All appointments are currently via Zoom or phone. Please contact me for details.
I hope to be working face-to-face again from Monday 17th May, subject to government approval on 13th May.
Before becoming a counsellor I spent many years working in the media both in the UK and abroad.
I am mindful to hold an awareness of my client’s view of the world. My experience has attracted a number of clients from various cultures, who have said they found it helpful that I am understanding of religious and cultural differences and show a respect for others' societal norms.