Victoria David BA (Hons) MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor registered with the BACP and work with children, young people and adults. I am also a registered senior LEAP Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) practitioner.
Counselling. Talking to a trained counsellor, who is not part of your everyday life, provides you with a neutral, caring and confidential place where you can talk about whatever is troubling you. Having someone really listen to you without judgement allows for experiences, thoughts and feelings to be unpacked and explored. This develops self-awareness, understanding and acceptance, which opens up the possibility for emotional healing, choice and change to help you live a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
I am an integrative counsellor, which means I am able to draw on different approaches. Everyone is different and experiences life in their own unique way, so my intention is to work in the best possible way to suit your individual needs. Central to my approach are offering a genuine, non-judgemental and empathic therapeutic relationship together with the belief that people have the capacity for growth and change and are the best experts on themselves. Therefore I will work alongside you to help you explore and discover your own answers and reach your own conclusions in order to move forward with your life in a way which feels right for you.
Children express and explore their thoughts and feelings through play and creative activities. Counselling provides children with a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space where they can be themselves, feel listened to and gain understanding about their thoughts, feelings and experiences. This develops emotional resilience, which helps them manage the difficulties in their lives and so grow and thrive in the world.
I am experienced in helping clients of all ages with a range of difficulties including: bereavement, loss, relationship issues, family breakup, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and abuse.
I offer new counselling clients a free half an hour session so we can meet and you can decide if you would like to work with me.
EFP is an experiential form of therapy and involves non-ridden active and reflective exercises with horses; no previous experience of horses is necessary. Horses are prey animals and their survival depends on being highly attuned to their environment and living as part of a social herd. It is their innate survival instincts and intuition which makes spending time with horses a powerful opportunity for emotional healing, personal growth and learning. EFP helps with many difficulties and life events including: relationships, anxiety, stress, depression, abuse, trust, respect, empathy, recognising and understanding emotions and managing arousal/energy levels.
I do not offer a free initial EFP session, however, if you would like to have a chat over the telephone to decide if EFP might be helpful for you then you are very welcome to do this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling: Wealden Psychology Institute (BACP Accredited).
BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy First Class Honours: Anglia Ruskin University. This included a specialist module counselling children and young people.
Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (LEAP).
Person-Centred Art Therapy Certificate (PCATS).
I have been counselling clients since 2012 and have worked in primary and secondary school settings with Place2Be and YMCA Dialogue. I was a counsellor for adults with Cruse Bereavement and Sussex Community Counselling Service.
I am currently a counsellor with Fegans and work with children and young people in a community setting. This is alongside my private counselling and EFP practices where I work with children, young people and adults.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling - £45 per 50 minute session.
Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy - £80 per 90 minute session £60 per 60 minute session.
Concessions are available for clients on benefits or low income and students.
Free off road parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays during the day and some early morning and early evening times are available.
Types of client