Dr Vicky McCaig, DClinPsy, Dip Psych, BSC Hons
I have been working in helping professions for over 25 years and in that time have been lucky to work with a whole variety of people both individually and within their families and other groups. I have also supervised other professionals extensively around their own clinical work. I have been amazed by the capacity people show to overcome challenges in their lives and feel privileged to be part of their journeys. I am also forever learning and developing new approaches and techniques in my work.
I qualified as a Clinical psychologist in 2003, shortly after the birth of my son. It is safe to say my experience as a mother influenced my decision to specialise in working with children and families. I have developed a particular interest in supporting parents around behaviour and emotional challenges with their children (and themselves) and working with young people who are described as 'neuro atypical'. In most recent years I have been strongly involved in the implementation of ‘Multi Systemic Therapy’ and ‘Functional Family Therapy’ across numerous areas in the UK, which are both evidenced-based models working intensively with families where there is a risk of family breakdown. It has been incredibly rewarding to see the change these interventions have made to people’s lives.
In my private practice I work with both young people and adults with a variety of concerns, especially relating to stress, anxiety, low mood and confidence issues. I also have professional and personal experience relating to treating addictive behaviours, such as drug and alcohol use. With young people this work also includes helping parents and families to better understand the young person and learn what to do to help and support them. I work comfortably using a systemic approach, which involves looking more widely at all the possible factors which may be impacting on someone's well-being.
When I start working with someone the first few sessions tend to involve getting a good picture of what they are experiencing which then guides us to the most appropriate intervention to help. My favoured interventions draw most heavily from cognitive-behavioural, compassion focused and acceptance and commitment therapy approaches. I believe the best outcome from therapy is not just for someone to feel better confronting a current challenge but to develop skills that can also be used effectively in future situations which may arise. I also believe that psychological concepts should be fully accessible to everyone and strive to cut through any jargon as much as possible.
Although I have spent many years working face-to-face with people therapeutically and am incredibly happy in this approach, I now specialise in offering interventions online to clients. I see the use of technology in this way, not as a barrier, but a means and opportunity to connect with people in ways it has not been possible to do before. I feel that online working offers greater choice, accessibility, flexibility and creativity in the nature of the work. I am constantly developing the use of a variety of mediums including the incorporation of video, audio and avatar-based techniques. I have access to a programme called 'Proreal' and I am happy for you to ask me how this could be incorporated within our work together.
If you would like to know more about how I work and have the opportunity to meet with me to discuss the support you are looking, for please get in touch to book an initial free, no obligation 20-minute consultation slot.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
- HCPC Registered.
- 25 years experience working in helping professions both as a clinician, supervisor and programme manager including;
- Adult and adolescent drug and alcohol services
- Learning Disability services
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health services
- Systemic work including; Multisystemic Therapy, Functional Family Therapy
- Specialist skills in working with young people who are neuroatypical and their families.
- Specialist interest in working with adolescents and young adults with anxiety and mood issues.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£120.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
£120 per 50 minute Psychological Therapy session, which includes preparation of materials for session and contact between as agreed. I offer a free 20 minute consultation either over the phone or online.
I currently carry out private work Monday to Thursday 5.30-8pm. From the 1st April 2021 I will also be offering sessions on a Friday all day.