Dr Victoria Crooks
I am a trained and accredited doctor within the field of Clinical Psychology. I have been providing therapy and psychological interventions in a clinical setting for the past 20 years. I have held numerous Clinical Psychology posts including the Lead of a service prior to entering private practice full time. During this time, I have worked with individuals to help them to alleviate distress, develop an increased understanding and awareness of themselves and to lead a more meaningful life.
I aim to provide a confidential, professional and welcoming service founded upon my knowledge that has been accumulated from my specialist training and my skills that are drawn from my experience of providing therapy for the last 20 years. This is paired with providing a non-judgemental, containing environment where trust and compassion can be valued and developed. Seeking support and guidance is a common part of being human and is sometimes needed to overcome difficulties. Whether the purpose of therapy is learning more about yourself and your circumstances through personal discovery, gaining strategies to help with change or a different intention entirely, we can work collaboratively towards providing and experiencing wellbeing.
I also provide sessions of EMDR. EMDR is a comprehensive therapeutic approach that is centred around processing traumatic and difficult events through bi-lateral stimulation. It’s purpose is to reduce current levels of distress and it is recommended in the NICE treatment guidelines for use with PTSD. There is also a substantial evidence base for use with those who may be struggling with anxiety, low mood, phobias, childhood abuse, addiction, pain and eating disorders. Please do state if you are particularly interested in using EMDR in your therapy.
My service is located in private, discrete rooms in Sutton Coldfield. It is situated on local bus routes and there is ample free parking.
I am fully insured, a member of my professional body (HCPC) and receive regular supervision for my practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
1997: BA Hons Degree in Psychology and Sociology (BPS approved): University of Leicester.
2003: Masters of Science in Occupational Psychology: Liverpool University.
2007: Clinical Psychology Doctorate: Birmingham University.
2016: Compassion Focussed Therapy Post Graduate Diploma. Birmingham University.
2018: EMDR Training: Accredited by EMDR Europe
I have particular experience of working therapeutically with those who suffer from anxiety, depression, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders, drug, alcohol and addiction difficulties, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, abuse histories and bereavement. Common to this has been working with those who experience relationship difficulties, those who feel confused about their current emotions and those who are generally struggling to bring significance to their current lives.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are offered each weekday (9am - 5pm) and Wednesday and Thursday evenings (5pm - 8pm).
Sessions will be 50 minutes in duration.
It is possible to book consecutive time-slots if requiring an extended session.
Sessions will be charged at 120 pounds per session inclusive of room hire.
EMDR sessions are also priced at 120 pounds per fifty minute session.
If you are funding your therapy through a third party (such as medical insurers) the fees may vary. Please contact me for more details.
Please telephone 07816272328 to ascertain the availability of sessions.
Please do pick up the phone if you require any further information or would just like the opportunity to speak to me in person. Enquiries are warmly welcomed with no obligation to book sessions and it may help to feel a little more familiar with me.
Following contact if you decide to proceed, the next step will be to make an initial appointment. Here, we can begin to discuss how therapy may be helpful for you and decide how and what happens next. Part of the purpose of your first session will be to settle you in so that you feel comfortable and enabled to make guided and informed decisions. There is no pressure and we work at an individualised pace that suits your personal needs.
Thank you for your interest.