Vicky O'Sullivan, MBACP (Accredited) Adults and Young People
With nineteen years of counselling, and a total of 30 years of experience as a therapist working in educational, health and social care settings, I provide counselling and psychotherapy for adults and young people 11 years and over.
Many people use counselling to help them through difficult periods in their lives. It can help to gain understanding and clarity with regard to personal issues, allow careful consideration of life options, facilitate an improvement in self esteem, and provide a platform to move forward.
Counselling can be helpful if we are experiencing difficulties related to depression, stress, anxiety, bereavement, relationship problems, health issues, poor self esteem and many other challenges that life may present us with.
Even people who have supportive family or friends may find it difficult to discuss their personal issues with those close to them. Counselling provides a setting that is impartial and confidential and can provide a forum to move towards a better state of mind.
I am highly experienced and qualified counsellor, having graduated in counselling from the University of Surrey in 2001. I provide counselling to adults and young people. My approach is Humanistic, primarily Person Centred.
After leaving school I trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked in health and social care for 30 years. I was always very interested in the psychological and emotional aspects of the work with my clients and so decided to develop this interest and begin training as a counsellor. I began by studying for certificates in counselling skills and theory when my children were small and continued my studies at the University of Surrey as they got older and I had more time.
Since then I have continued to study and develop my professional and clinical skills.
In addition to my private practice I have worked for 13 years as the counsellor at a large secondary school in Hampshire and spent 7 years providing counselling for a 6th form college in Surrey.
I was also a long term member of the Surrey Trauma Support Team.
My approach is Humanistic, primarily Person Centred. I have additional training in other theoretical approaches such as Attachment Theory, Transactional Analysis and Existential Therapy and these also inform my work.
Humanistic Counselling focuses on personal growth and development. As a Person Centred Counsellor I will offer you a safe, non directive, non judgemental environment in which you will be able to talk freely and explore your concerns.
This approach puts the emphasis on the positive relationship between the counsellor and client which enables an open and honest expression of feelings in order to gain insight, clarification, consider options and have greater control over the future.
I provide face to face counselling to individuals and couples in a welcoming therapy room in my home. Our work together can be short term or long term depending on your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (University of Surrey) - 2001
Post Grad. Diploma in Attachment Based Therapy (Wimbledon Guild) - 2015
Certificate in Couples Counselling - 2016
Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists - 1981
Certificates in Counselling Skills and Theory
Working with Individuals with Autistic spectrum disorders
Cruse Bereavement Counselling
Extensive trauma training
Critical incident debriefing
Post qualifying certificate in Counselling Young People
Post qualifying certificate in the Psychology of Trauma
Post qualifying certificates in Attachment Theory
Post qualifying certificate in Working with Eating Disorders
Post qualifying certificate in Working with Addiction
Post qualifying certificate in Neurobiology - the impact of trauma on mind and body
Post qualifying certificate in Growing up Female
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Issues related to disability or poor health
Mental health issues
Autism spectrum disorders
Low self esteem
Major life changes
Family and relationship issues
Issues related to the elderly
Unhappiness, distress and sadness
Individuals: £50 per hour.
Couples: £60 per hour
(I keep a few appointments available at a reduced rate for those in receipt of benefits, on low incomes or for student counsellors. I would be very happy to discuss this with you so please ask).
Evening appointments available
Concessions offered for
I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk/ethicalframework)
I hold professional liability insurance and Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) enhanced clearance.
Please feel free to call or e mail if you would like to find out more or to arrange an appointment.
You can also check out my web site: www.vicky-counselling.com