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Victoria Darby MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist

Wendover, Hertfordshire, HP22
07552086133 07552086133
Wendover, Hertfordshire, HP22

About me

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  • I am available for online and walking therapy at present.

I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor/ psychotherapist and an accredited member of the BACP.
Based in Wendover, I offer day, evening and Saturday morning sessions which last 50 minutes. I practice both short term and long term therapy and we would work together to explore whether short term or long term therapy is appropriate for you. I practice confidential one to one counselling. I am also trained as an EMDR therapist and an Attachment Focused EMDR therapist.

There are moments when you might find giving yourself time and space may enable you to explore emotions and experiences.  Counselling/ therapy can provide the opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings that you might not feel able to share with those around you.  This could enable you to view yourself and other relationships in different ways and open up new or different paths to understanding yourself.

People who come to see me have a range of experiences that bring them to counselling, such as bereavement, domestic violence, divorce, anger management, self esteem issues, loss, anxiety, PTSD, phobias, OCD, and depression.

Self esteem or negative thoughts about yourself can be a constant source of anxiety and difficult to talk through or understand. By giving yourself time to explore the patterns of negative thoughts about yourself (body image, guilt, self worth, feeling hated or rejected by others) this can open up different paths and ways of seeing yourself and those around you.

Clients often state how distressing and vulnerable it feels to be depressed and that they are often unable to share those feelings with friends, family or work colleagues. By allowing time to explore the feelings that are often kept hidden within a confidential space, this can enable understanding of what might be causing your depression and different ways of seeing you and life can emerge.

Bereavement counselling can provide a space where you are able to explore your grief without someone saying you have to 'move on' and to understand that your grief might be very different to those around you, as every persons grief is a unique journey.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), generalised anxiety and phobias have been shown to respond to EMDR therapy (National Institute of Clinical Excellence,2016). So if you are having flashbacks to a distressing event or feel overwhelmed by anxiety or a phobia EMDR might be a therapy for you. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of PTSD. For further information on EMDR please visit www.emdria.org

I have also completed the advanced training in Attachment Focused EMDR which enables clients who have experienced difficulties in childhood and it feels like that impacts on your adult life to make links and stop repeating harmful patterns or to enable you to make closer relationships to other (such as relationship breakups or lack of relationships). Attachment Focused EMDR and EMDR can also provide a clear path to work with phobias, OCD, one off trauma such as road traffic accidents and generalised anxiety and depression.

If, after reading my profile, you feel you would like to find out more or arrange an initial assessment please telephone 07552-086133. You may get the answer phone machine if I am unable to take your call at that time. Please leave a message, convenient times that I may call you back and your telephone number. Your message is treated confidentially and I will respond to your call as soon as possible.

FAQ

What happens in counselling?

There are many different types of counselling/psychotherapy and different perceptions of what occurs in counselling.  Counselling offers an opportunity for you to explore losses/anxiety/specific experiences in a confidential setting.

The initial assessment is an opportunity for you to assess if you feel we can work together and for me to assess if I am able to enter into a counselling partnership with you.

How often will we meet?

We would meet each week, at the same time, on the same day, for 50 minutes.  I will give you four weeks notice of any holiday I have and I would ask you to let me know of any sessions you were unable to make with as much notice as you were able to. With some EMDR clients we might talk through having 90 minute sessions when working through a phobia or specific issue.

How long will the counselling last?

With each person who enters counselling the length of counselling can be different so I cannot give you a definitive answer. Open ended counselling has no set time limit.  This means that when you feel you might want to end the counselling we will discuss ending together.  Time limited counselling can range from 6 to 12 weeks. Until we have met I am unable to say what whether open ended or time limited counselling might be more appropriate for you.

What experience do you have?

My background is within the NHS and Education for the last 20 years. I have had my own private practice for over 7 years and for four years before that I trained in Psychotherapy. I have coordinated a counselling service within a hospice and worked for several counselling organisations, including a hospice and an adult psychotherapy organisation. I have also trained as an EMDR therapist in 2016 and Attachment Focused EMDR therapist in 2018.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified counsellor/ psychotherapist who trained for four years in Therapeutic counselling. I am trained as an EMDR therapist and Attachment Focused EMDR therapist. As an EMDR therapist I have worked with people with sexual abuse, police with their trauma, phobias, anger issues, generalised anxiety and depression.

I am a trained bereavement counsellor and worked as a bereavement co-ordinator for a hospice charity.

I have worked with clients who have experienced issues in bereavement, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, domestic violence and losses such as bereavement and divorce.


I am an accredited member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics.
I am a qualified therapist with a Post graduate diploma in Therapeutic counselling.
I have an Enhanced CRB and I have full insurance to practice.
I am an EMDR therapist having completed part 1,2 and 3 of the 3 part EMDR training.
I have completed the Attachment Focused EMDR training by Laurel Parnell.

Please do call me on 07552-086133 if you have not had an email response in 48 hours as I will always respond to an email in 48 hours (unless I have stated I am on holiday). I have had several clients say my email has gone to their Spam account and they had not realised

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Bereavement and Loss

Therapies offered

  • EMDR
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

My fee structure is as follows:

For an initial assessment it is £65 (Monday to Friday) with no obligation.
Weekly sessions are £65 for a 50 minute session (Monday to Friday). Saturday initial session and weekly sessions are £80 per 50 minutes.

For EMDR therapy:
For an initial assessment it is £80 (Monday to Friday) with no obligation.
Weekly sessions are £80 for a 50 minute session and £120 for an extended 90 minute session. Extended sessions are only completed with mutual agreemeant and when clinically necessary. Saturday EMDR sessions are charged at £100 a session.

The fee will be discussed at your initial assessment in relation to your personal circumstances.

Please do call me on 07552-086133 if you have not had an email response in 48 hours as I will always respond to an email in 48 hours (unless I have stated I am on holiday). I have had several clients say my email has gone to their Spam account and they had not realised.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Further information

If, after reading my profile, you feel you would like to find out more or arrange an initial assessment please telephone 07552-086133. You may get the answer phone machine if I am unable to take your call at that time. Please leave a message, convenient times that I may call you back and your telephone number. Your message is treated confidentially and I will respond to your call as soon as possible.

Please do call me on 07552-086133 if you have not had an email response in 48 hours as I will always respond to an email in 48 hours (unless I have stated I am on holiday). I have had several clients say my email has gone to their Spam account and they had not realised.


Location

I am located 5 minutes drive from Tring British Rail station, 5 minutes off the A41 from junction 20.

Wendover
Hertfordshire
HP22

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I see clients during the day, several evenings until 9pm and Saturday morning. When you contact me we will explore a time that works for you.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Victoria Darby MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist

Victoria Darby MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist and EMDR therapist