Vickie Hands, PG Dip Counselling, PG Dip CYP Counselling MBACP/NCS(Accred)
I consider the therapeutic relationship at the heart of the counselling work as it is through the relationship with others that we create meaning and our view of self-worth. You will be welcomed into a warm, empathic, non-judgemental and genuine relationship helping to build a safe space to explore and unpick past or present experiences, allowing for reframing and re-experiencing.
As an Integrative Counsellor working with children, young people and adults over the long and short term, I work within the Relation Integrative Model which bring together aspects of the three main branches of counselling theory – Humanistic, Psychodynamics and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, integrating them into an approach that is flexible and tailored to meet the specific needs of the client.
As well as using verbal ways of communication, I work creatively with those who may find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally, or are looking for alternative ways to express and explore. If appropriate to the client, this creativity evolves through the work with an individual and can incorporate, for example, sand tray, imagery, metaphor, modelling clay and art. I believe exploring, either creatively or verbally, can bring about understanding and acceptance, helping to heal and move through current difficulties.
Taking the first steps in counselling can seem daunting and there can be so much to read that can becoming overwhelming. If you would like to learn more, or get an idea of what to expect from counselling please just send me a text or an email for an informal chat.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Special Recognition Award - Outstanding Commitment)
Level 4 Acceptance and Commitment therapy
Level 4 Diploma in Counselling
Level 2 Diploma in Counselling
Areas of Training through Workshops and Online Training
Complex trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Bereavement (Adults and Children and Young People)
Solution Focused Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Prevent - Recognising Radicalisation
Hidden - Child Sexual Exploitation
The Art and Science of Attachment Informed Psychology
Primary School Counselling Project Manager - Place2Be
Children/Young People/Adult Counsellor - Talk in the Bay
Primary and Secondary School Lead Counsellor - TalkingZone
Counsellor - Affordable Talk
Counsellor - Flying Start/Newport Community Counselling Service
Counsellor - Cardiff Women's Aid
Primary School Counsellor - Place2Be
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are 50 minutes to 1 hour
Individuals (Children/Young People/Adults): £50 per session
I am committed to ensuring counselling is accessible to all and as a result offer a percentage of daytime sessions at a reduced rate to full time students and those on a lower income.
Reduced Rate (Student/Lower Income): £35 per session
I am knowledgeable and fully committed to issues surrounding Child Protection and Safeguarding across all my work, and ensure ongoing and regular Continued Professional Development, keeping updated with research across the counselling and psychotherapy field.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions and complaint procedures.