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 a clinical setting for the past 20 years. I currently have my own private practice but also work as the Lead Psychologist in an inpatient unit. 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. Additionally, l am a visiting lecturer on the local Clinical Psychology Doctorate courses and supervise/manage more junior members of staff.
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. 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Sessions are offered each weekday (9am - 5pm) and Monday 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 110 pounds per session inclusive of room hire.
EMDR sessions are also priced at 110 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Sessions are offered on all weekdays (9am - 5pm) and Monday and Thursday evenings (5 - 8pm).
Types of client