Vicky Bellman MBACP
Hi, my name is Vicky, and I'm a fully qualified counsellor offering one to one counselling to adults and teenagers in Hawkhurst
How I work
Inclusive ● Dynamic ● Affirmative
Compassion, resilience and empathy are the foundation of my practice. I enjoy, and am committed to, providing a dynamic therapeutic service; creating a bespoke counselling experience with each client. My work is inclusive and affirmative, and I am passionate about supporting you as you reconnect with and reclaim your strengths, and restore your resilience. I am robust, reliable and consistent. I provide a solid presence; whilst you may currently feel burdened by the load you are currently carrying, I won’t buckle.
My therapeutic model is based in person-centered practice; it is a non-judgmental, empathic and honest approach, which allows people to explore their true selves. I work integratively, which means I can be flexible in drawing from a range of humanistic models to meet each person’s individual needs. I take a creative, embodied approach - our emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual selves are all connected, and it can be useful to consider ourselves as a whole, rather than focusing on one bit. You are the expert on yourself, and I am there to facilitate you as you connect with what you would like to be, and the life you would like to live.
I offer short or long term counselling, with evening and weekend appointments available.
For further details of my practice, please visit my website.
Before committing to weekly sessions, I would recommend meeting for a free assessment, to establish what you like to gain from counselling, and how I can best support you. To organise an initial session, please contact me by phone or text on 07419 190930 or by email using my contact form at the top of my profile.
Where I work
A place to heal, to change and to grow
My practice room in Hawkhurst is located just outside the town, within the calm surroundings of a shepherd's hut in The Walled Nursery. The Walled Nursery offers privacy, tranquility, and a naturally therapeutic space. There is plentiful free parking, a lovely cafe and restaurant, and calm grounds.
RECLAIM YOUR STRENGTHS ● RESTORE YOUR RESILIENCE
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I hold a Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling, and a Certificate in Counselling Skills, from Wealden College. The training is accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
Recently completed course:
Counselling and Therapeutic Interventions for Working with Women Overcoming Experiences of Domestic Violence: A multicultural and feminist approach (OCN accredited)
I attend regular Continuous Professional Development training, to order to ensure my practice is relevant and informed. Recent training days and conferences have included:
- Trauma Summit, Belfast
- Child to Parent Violence
- Working with Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Working with Diversity
- Working with Loss and Bereavement
- Trauma, PTSD and the Body
- Working with Shame
- Anxiety, Depression and Young People
- Working with Narcissism
Troubled Teens and the Rage to Feel Alive
An Insight Into Bullying: Breaking The Cycle
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
Trauma and the body: Somatisation and Dissociation
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
An Introduction to Filial Therapy
Working with Women affected by Domestic Violence
Working With Shame and Self-loathing in Trauma Survivors
Working With Those Whose Sexual Behaviour Has Harmed Children
Working with Adults and Children with Anger Problems
Making Trauma Therapy Safer
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their Code of Ethics; I'm also a member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation. I'm fully insured and DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly known as a CRB check).
Alongside my private practice, I also work for a counselling charity, working with people of all ages. Previous counselling positions have included working with children in schools, working for an organisation with women affected by domestic violence, and working with adolescents and adults in an affordable counselling agency.
I have helped people struggling with a variety of issues, including abuse, low self esteem, depression and anxiety, bereavement and loss, bullying, identity and sexuality, relationship issues and family breakdown. A comprehensive list of the issues I work with can be found below.
As a non-diet professional, I work with body image and self esteem, disordered eating, and diet culture recovery using a weight neutral perspective, which incorporates Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size (HAES) approaches to healing. My practice is body positive and inclusive of diverse expressions of health and wellbeing.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Photos & videos
The price of a fifty minute session is £45. Consistency is important in counselling, and weekly sessions are advised.
Before committing to weekly sessions, I would recommend meeting for a free assessment, to establish what you like to gain from counselling, how I can best support you, and how long we will initially agree to work together.
I believe quality emotional support should be available to everyone. Whilst it isn’t possible to offer concessionary rates on all my sessions, I do have a limited number of appointments available at a reduced rate, for those who are experienced financial difficulty. Please contact me to discuss this further.
I offer a discounted rate of £35 to counselling students.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Evening appointments available.
Types of client