Victoria Riddiford Dipl. Counselling, Reg. MBACP (Accred)
I have worked as a counsellor for over 12 years and I provide my clients with short term or long term counselling from a quiet, private room conveniently based in the centre of Yate, South Gloucestershire, just a few miles north of Bristol (free parking and good public transport links).
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 work at Therapy Health & Beauty Clinic within Yate Leisure Centre, and I also have a counselling room at my home in Yate. Both rooms are quiet, confidential and comfortable. 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. 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
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 currently undertaking an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes run by the Metanoia Institute.
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 over 10 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
Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long, and cost £50 per session.
I work in two locations in Yate on different days and evenings. I have a room within Therapy Health & Beauty Clinic at Yate Leisure Centre, which is in the shopping centre, a few minutes’ walk from the bus station and about 15 minutes’ walk from the train station. The room is accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. I also work at home in Yate, in a quiet and welcoming counselling room which is upstairs. Both locations have free parking and good public transport links.