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Vickie Hands, PG Dip Counselling, PG Dip CYP Counselling MBACP/NCS(Accred)

Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF24
07491673276 07491673276
Cardiff, Caerdydd, CF24

About me

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
Domestic Abuse
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

Member organisations


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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative

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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

Further information

​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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Counselling room is situated on the ground floor with easy accessibility



Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Vickie Hands, PG Dip Counselling, PG Dip CYP Counselling MBACP/NCS(Accred)

Vickie Hands, PG Dip Counselling, PG Dip CYP Counselling MBACP/NCS(Accred)