Dr Vicky Lawson
I am a chartered health psychologist specialising in one-to-one therapy and coaching to support mental and physical wellbeing. I have worked in eating behaviour, physical activity, weight management and related fields for 15 years as a clinician and researcher, in the NHS, universities, and in private practice.
My focus is on supporting change around two key things we do on most days – eating and moving. How we do these can of course have a tremendous impact on our mental and physical wellbeing – both positive and negative. Many people struggle with their relationship with food and their weight. We are bombarded with messages about what we ‘should’ be doing, surrounded by judgments about what we are doing, and these are often internalised as self-criticism. These can leave us feeling so many things, including shame, confusion, frustration or indeed not knowing quite what we feel. I offer support to develop a more peaceful, nourishing and enjoyable relationship with food and our bodies.
I also coach people who wish to make changes to what they eat and how they move to maximise their long-term health and well-being experiencing greater joy being in their bodies, freeing up energy to live life more fully.
My treatment approach is integrative, including CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, and compassion based approaches. I am also an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist (DIT) with the BPC. This is a type of therapy looks at how attachment and relationship patterns can affect our lives and is an effective treatment for depression. Considering attachment issues can also be particularly helpful alongside other more CBT based approaches when working with issues to do with eating and food.
I am committed to non-discriminatory practice and welcome clients of all body sizes, identities, cultures, faiths, sexualities and diversabilities. If you would like to discuss working with me, please email me to book a free 30 minute initial phone consultation.
I offer both short and long term therapy, and we can decide jointly how long we might potentially work together. To give you an idea this will probably be between 6 to 8 sessions initially followed by a review to discuss further sessions or next steps. At present all sessions are offered over Zoom or phone.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Chartered Health Psychologist, accredited by the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health Care Professions Council. I am also an accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapist (DIT). DIT is a time-limited psychodynamic therapy that focuses on our attachment style and how this might affect our current relationships.
For more information about me and my publications please visit my website https://vickylawson.net
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£130.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£130 per 50 minute session. Some concessions available for low income.