Victoria Riddiford MSc, Dipl. Counselling, Reg. MBACP (Accred)
I have worked as a counsellor for almost 15 years and I provide my clients with short term or long term counselling via Zoom or telephone.
How counselling can help you
I can offer you a safe and confidential space to talk through the issues that are troubling you. We can explore your concerns at your pace, and work together towards understanding and resolving them.
During your sessions I will support you through the process of understanding how your current situation has come about, and looking at strategies for moving forward. The key to the success of counselling is in establishing a trusting relationship, where you feel listened to and understood. This can enable you to explore topics which might feel too sensitive or upsetting to discuss with friends or loved ones.
I am a psychodynamic counsellor, which means I will be helping you to explore and untangle the conflicts and struggles that go on within you, and how they may be linked to your early experiences. People often find themselves repeating unhelpful patterns, and not being able to understand why this happens, or how to feel empowered to make different life choices.
I also have a lot of experience in working with people who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma, so I have a good understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and dissociation, as well as the inevitable damage to trust and attachment caused by these traumatic experiences.
You can choose to work short-term and focus on a particular issue, or you may prefer to have longer-term support, to give yourself time to work things through at your own pace.
I offer individual counselling to adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, eating disorders, trauma and abuse.
After an initial discussion on the telephone or via email, we will meet for our first session via Zoom or telephone. I will ask you to tell me a little bit about what is troubling you, and briefly about your life history, so that we can start to make sense of things. If we then agree to go ahead and work together, we can decide on a focus and an initial number of sessions, and then we will regularly review to see how things are progressing.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes - Metanoia Institute 2021
Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) – University of the West of England 2008 (level 6 qualification, BACP-accredited)
Certificate in Counselling Skills – University of the West of England 2006
One year Introduction to Group Analysis qualification – Group Analysis South West 2008
Accredited and Registered Member of BACP (Certificate No. 027623) since 2012. I adhere to the Association's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling, and I have regular counselling supervision. I also have professional indemnity insurance.
I am committed to my Continuing Professional Development, and I have completed a variety of training including workshops and courses on trauma and dissociation, attachment, dreams, unconscious processes, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy and working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
I have almost 15 years’ experience working as a counsellor in Voluntary Sector organisations in Bristol, with adults with various mental health issues and very difficult life experiences. I currently work in a specialist service for adults who have experienced sexual abuse and trauma. I have also provided brief, time-limited counselling in an NHS 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' service, as well as offering open-ended counselling in private practice.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long, and cost £50 per session.
I work exclusively on Zoom or via telephone.