Victoria David BA (Hons) MBACP (Accred)
I am an experienced counsellor for adults and young people. I work in a relational and collaborative way combined with warmth and integrity within clear ethical boundaries. I offer a confidential and supportive space for you to bring whatever is troubling you, whether this is a specific issue or a more general feeling that your life is not how you would like it to be.
I believe that everybody’s personal experiences are significant and important. I am interested in hearing your unique story and understanding how the challenges you are experiencing are affecting you. I will work alongside you to help you understand your situation, to make sense of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, to come to terms with difficult experiences, to discover ways to support yourself and to find a way forward which feels right for you.
Therapy can help us to meet life’s challenges with more acceptance and resilience, and to live more at ease within ourselves, our relationships and the world.
Underpinning my approach is the belief that humans are essentially relational beings. It is within relationships that we develop our beliefs about ourselves and the world, and our patterns of relating. Therefore, the relationship between client and therapist is central to effective therapy and so it is really important that you feel comfortable with me. I will not dismiss or criticize you but rather I aim for you to feel heard and validated, and to feel safe to share your thoughts and feelings with me. I understand that starting therapy can feel really daunting and it can take time to develop a trusting relationship with a therapist.
The first session is an opportunity for us to meet, for me to hear about what has brought you to counselling and what you would like to achieve. It also gives me the opportunity to check that I will be able to help with what is troubling you. After this session there is no obligation for you to continue. If you decide you would like to work with me then we will commit to meeting regularly, usually once a week. I offer open-ended counselling which means you can work with me for as long as you need to and this may be short-term (6-12 sessions) or long- term.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work according to their ethical framework, which can be found at www.bacp.co.uk.
Alongside my counselling practice I offer Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) for people who feel they would like a different form of therapy from room-based counselling. I am a senior registered LEAP EFP practitioner.
Please visit my website for more information and you are very welcome to contact me in confidence, either by email or phone, if you have any questions or would like to arrange a session.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling: Wealden Psychology Institute (BACP Accredited).
BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy First Class Honours: Anglia Ruskin University.
Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (LEAP).
Person-Centred Art Therapy Certificate (PCATS).
I am currently studying for a MA/PG Dip Professional Practice Counselling & Psychotherapy: Advanced Clinical Practice, at the Minster Centre, London.
I have been counselling clients since 2012 and have worked with children and young people with Place2Be, YMCA Dialogue and Fegans. I was a counsellor for adults with Cruse Bereavement and Sussex Community Counselling Service. I am now in full-time private practice working with young people and adults.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling - £50 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.
Weekdays during the day and some early morning and early evening times are available.