Vicky McGuirk Dip.couns. Registered member BACP
I often get asked why I decided to be a counsellor. The answer is that my own personal counselling changed the direction of my life and there started my journey on this road.
I believe that each person is unique and that therapy should be tailored towards individual needs. We can all find ourselves in situations that we find overwhelming and sometimes it’s hard to talk to those closest to us. I offer a safe space which is completely confidential, so you can be reassured that whatever you say stays in the counselling room. This will be your time and the sessions will be client led. Together you and I will explore your thoughts, feelings and goals to try and make sense of what has brought you to counselling in the first place.
Due to the current climate I am unable to offer face to face sessions but can accommodate telephone, zoom or other mediums by agreement.
What to expect in your first session.
I understand that the thought of counselling can be daunting. I offer a free 30 minute ‘get to know each other’ session to ensure that we feel comfortable working together. In this session we can discuss what it is that you hope to gain from counselling, and it will be a chance for you to ask any questions that you may have. If you have any initial questions, please feel free to call or email me in advance to this.
Therapy can be exposing so it’s really important that you feel happy in the environment that we are working in.
What happens next?
If you decide to engage, weekly sessions will last 50 minutes and cost £40 per session. This can be for long or as short as you feel you need. We will regularly review progress, helping you to make this decision.
I am a fully qualified and insured counsellor with experience of working with adults and young people. I am a registered member of BACP and follow the code of ethics and good practice. I can help with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, anger, trauma, depression, life changes, bereavement/grief.
All of my work is supervised on a monthly basis by my supervisor.
I attend regular CPD in order to keep my skill set current and to broaden my knowledge.
Due to the current situation with Covid 19 I am unable to offer face to face sessions in the same room. However, I can offer sessions by Zoom, which is as close to face to face as we can get.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am qualified in Integrative Counselling. As one size does not fit all, this allows us to combine different theories, models and approaches in our work to find the best way for you to move forward in your life.
Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling
Level 5 certificate in counselling children and young people
Level 3 certificate in Cruse Bereavement Care
I have been volunteering as a counsellor since 2017 at Crossroads Care Kent, Herne Bay.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
‘I feel much ‘lighter’ and feel like myself again. I haven’t felt like this in ages. My counselling sessions have been a great help.’ VM
‘You have made a difference to the way I feel. It's such a wonderful thing to have someone listen to you. There are few people who can do it with the understanding that you reached out to me. You have made a difference in my life and for this I am grateful.’ SR
‘Thank you for helping me through a difficult time.’ MR
‘Thank you for your help and support during our sessions. I am now entering a new phase of getting used to life without him.’ AE
‘Although my issues were outside influence, which I had no control, the counselling helped me manage my own feelings towards those issues and in turn helped me to make decisions that before the counselling I couldn’t do.’ SL