Dr Vicky McCaig
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In my personal profile I hope to give you enough information so you know who I am both as a Psychologist and a person so you can decide if I am the one best placed to support you or your loved one at the current time.
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. All the techniques I use I have explored and used in my own life.
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 in my early career. I 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'. 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 people of all ages presenting with a variety of concerns, especially relating to stress, anxiety, low mood and confidence issues. 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.
I am a Meditation Teacher accredited with the British School of Meditation and believe strongly in promoting these approaches to enhance wellbeing and consistently practice this myself. I can incorporate these into my therapeutic work with clients or teach these aspects specifically either on an individual or group basis. I have also completed training in ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques’ (Tapping) and can offer specialist sessions using this modality or incorporate this as part of our work together.
I am a KonMari Consultant where I can support people to declutter and reorganise their external environment to enhance their inner wellbeing and gain more clarity and freedom in their lives. This approach has completely transformed my own life and I find it exciting to share this with others.
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 all my 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' (Home - ProReal) which I am happy for you to ask me about 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.
- Meditation Teacher.
- Trained in Emotional Freedom Techniques ('Tapping').
- KonMari Consultant.
- 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.
- Specialist interest in using 'Energy Psychology' Techniques such as 'Tapping' and Meditation/Mindfulness.
- KonMari Consultant (Marie Kondo decluttering technique) and special interest in how our outer environment impacts our inner wellbeing.
- Special interest in using online technologies.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£130.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
£130 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.
When I work
I currently carry out private therapy work Monday and Tuesday 5.30-8pm and Friday mornings.