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MBACP, Dip.Couns, Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist

About me

My name is Vicky Aykroyd. I offer a safe, supportive, confidential space to work through whatever difficulties or challenges you are facing.  I offer empathy and compassion and will not judge you. Together, we can explore your situation in a way which leads to fresh perspectives and perhaps a new understanding of yourself.  Rather than presenting you with solutions or giving advice, I will work to empower you to make your own changes, moving forward with the life you want to lead. 

I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with all kinds of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties and addiction.

I am an integrative counsellor which means I use a range of approaches and techniques in order to tailor my way of working to take account of your unique needs and preferences. I do not believe in a one size fits all approach.

As a qualified counsellor, I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework. 

If you would like to book an appointment or if you are unsure, please get in touch. I am always happy to arrange an initial telephone call to talk about the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful and if I am the right therapist for you. There is no charge for this. 

I know from personal experience that reaching out and asking for help can feel scary and confusing.  It may not feel like it but, by visiting this site, you have taken the first step towards healing and change.

Please message me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.  

I work from 2 locations:

  • Birmingham Holistic Health Centre, Kings Norton (B30) - Mondays
  • Renaissance Therapy Centre, Harborne (B17) - Wednesdays/Thursdays

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications

  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 3 Award in Supporting Trauma Risk Management
  • Recovery Coaching Certificate
  • Certificate in Addictive Desire Recognition

Continuing Professional Development

  • The Fundamentals of Working with Couples
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA101)
  • Goals in Therapy - Actualising our deepest directions
  • Talking it Better, from insight to change in the therapy room
  • Existential Therapy - basic principles and how to integrate them

Background

I spent almost 20 years working as a projects lawyer and in legal regulation. 

I am a trained work-based Trauma Practitioner, Mentor and Wellbeing Supporter. I have completed training as a Recovery Coach and in 2017 I founded a peer support group for women experiencing problems with alcohol.  Alongside my private practice, I work as an outreach counsellor for a charity supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence. 

Member organisations

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Sessions last one hour. My standard charge is £50. Occasionally, I am able to offer concessions.

My charge for Couples Counselling is £65.

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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Renaissance Therapy Centre, 10A Station Road, Harborne, Birmingham, West Midlands, B17 9JT

Birmingham Holistic Health Centre, The Lakeside Centre, 180 Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, B30 3NU

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples

Key details

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