Welcome to my counselling directory page. I specialise in addiction and trauma counselling for the individual, couples and families.
Firstly I would just like to acknowledge the courage it takes to address yours or a loved ones addiction.
Asking for help is often the first step towards change.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and help you feel comfortable about your decision to address yours or an others issues with addiction.
I have worked in the field of addiction for the past 27 years and have been a qualified therapist for the past 23 years.
I specialise in issues directly associated with and surrounding addiction. Including addictive behaviour such as gambling, sex addiction and certain eating disorders that are perceived as having addictive elements.
As a fully qualified post graduate counsellor and registered member of the BACP and FDAP (Federation for drug and alcohol practitioner), my career has taken me around the country working with individuals, families and authorities. From my one to one and group work in female prisons in 1994 through to coordinating a drugs project in Bristol alongside GP's. To currently coordinating a families and addiction service within a busy Trafford based counselling practice.
Helping people overcome an addiction is my speciality, whether it be an addictive substance or addictive behaviour, I have the knowledge and experience to help.
Addiction is an illness, therapy is the treatment
Addiction is an illness and my work over the last 30 years has shown me how destructive it can be. But NO addiction is permanent. I've helped people to understand what drives their addictive behaviour - the cause - and given them the life-tools to make a positive change.
20 YEARS OF POSITIVE CHANGE
I don't just enjoy helping people beat addictions - I'm passionate about it. Every client I've worked with has learned something about themselves and their dependency. I've witnessed individuals and families achieve complete healing, have their dreams awakened and wellbeing enriched.
By using my experience and therapy techniques I'm able to help people make truly breathtaking changes to their lives - to be part of that process is a true privilege.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, I'd be more than happy to provide you with a free initial telephone consultation.
Addictions I work with:
Drugs - illicit - including cannabis
Over the counter drugs such as codeine
Love and relationship addiction
Compulsive over eating
Families affected by addiction
Although my speciality is addiction I can also offer a broad range of counselling for a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, bereavement and relationship issues counselling.
Individual and Family Counselling
My approach is integrative counselling which allows me the freedom to use a wide range of therapeutic approaches which help deal with addictive behaviours. These include solution focused interventions, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, family systemics, CBT and ACT. My aim is to build a relationship within which you as the client can truly feel heard and understood. I aim to listen empathically with acceptance and without judgement.
'Working with Vicky was a life changing experience as she was able to explain addiction to me in a way that I had never understood before. This helped me to then move forward and make the positive changes in my life that I had only ever been able to dream about before. I felt that I was freed from the isolation, fear and constant thoughts of wanting to end my life. The effects on my family were amazing. They started to trust me again. I thought I had lost them.
Vickys ability to make me feel that i was not alone with my addiction and that i was not a bad person helped me to start to believe in my own ability to change. For the first time ever I felt like somebody truly got me and had a wealth of experience to be able to help me learn how to live drug free again.'
Testimony/client story 2
'When i first met Vicky i was at the end of my tether with my sons addiction to cannabis. I felt like I was going mad as he kept telling me that everyone smoked 'weed' and that it wasn't a problem and that it was me that was paranoid. Half the time I just didn't recognise the beautiful boy i had brought up, he had turned into an aggressive, silent, angry creature that lived in my house. The pressure of dealing with his moods swings effected the whole family and almost caused my husband and I to separate. I could also see how my younger children were beginning to copy my eldest son. I was afraid that they I were going to end up the same way.
As soon as I met Vicky I felt like she understood what I was going through. She helped me to separate my own feelings of guilt from my sons behaviour. Somehow along the way I had started to blame myself for his dependency. She allowed me to understand that I needed to learn to detach from him in a loving way. It was so hard at first and I needed a lot of support to help me 'let go with love' from my boy. She invited him into to one of our sessions and explained to him that there was help for him if he wanted it. At first he was really resistant but the more he saw me changing the more he began to feel his own consequences. It was with Vickys help that i was able to allow my son to feel the pain of his addiction and finally he started to seek help for himself.
I learnt so much about myself whilst being in therapy. I began to understand that things that I had experienced in my past shaped the way I responded to people in the present day in an unhelpful way. I thought I had entered into therapy to get help for my son but what in fact happened was that due to Vickys warmth, understanding and skills I was able to make changes within myself that have completely changed how i view myself and the world. Vicky taught me how to value myself again. I can never thank her enough for her support through one of the most difficult times in my life'
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained in individual counselling and group work up to and including a post graduate diploma in counselling.
I have trained up to certificate level in counselling and supervision. I clinically supervised a team of counsellors in a community drugs project for several years
I am a qualified addictions counsellor. I have been qualified for 22 years and have 27 years of experience in providing support to those affected by addiction.
I am a fully qualified holistic therapist.
I am currently training to become a mindfulness teacher and facilitate mindfulness meditation groups at The Counselling and Family Centre in Altrincham, Cheshire.
I hold a current DBS disclosure certificate and I am fully insured to practice in a private setting.
I also attend regular supervision to monitor my professional practice in order to keep counselling a safe and confidential space in which to explore and heal difficult feelings and issues.
Read more: www.addictioncounsellingwilmslow.co.uk
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
Concessions offered for
Please contact to discuss fees
I provide a short free telephone consultation for you to decide whether I provide the service you are looking for in relation to yourself or a loved one
Monday to Friday 10 -8 30pm
Addiction Therapy Explained
Addiction therapy is a completely confidential form of counselling designed to break the denial, shame and guilt that can keep you stuck in the cycle of addiction. Therapy can help you to understand and explain addictive behaviour, the reason behind it and how it effects your daily life.
Most importantly, counselling gives you an opportunity to talk openly about your thoughts and feelings with an experienced therapist. You can speak in complete confidentiality in a safe and reflective space, with no judgement and nothing you say will shock.
Often people with an addiction/addictive behaviour are afraid to peak to their GP as they do not want any mention of this on their medical records. Counselling provides a safe place to address your issues without ever having to disclose to a medic.
I am available all day on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday mornings and Thursday and Friday late afternoon/ evenings. If it is not possible for you to attend at these times please contact me and I will see if I can book a room on a temporary basis at a more convenient time. Please note this is not always possible but I will try my best to accommodate you.