Victoria Hepburn at Toolbox Therapy

Victoria Hepburn at Toolbox Therapy

St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex

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About me

People often search for a counsellor because they want help to cope differently. It may be that you feel that right now you aren't coping at all. In seeking a counsellor you are already beginning to trust in the idea that you can find a way through the challenges you face. Whether you need help with trauma, anxiety, depression, bereavement or anger issues; I believe you can build the tools to help you through it. Seeking support will help you make a start. Life is often not comfortable or straightforward and sometimes it can seem unbearable. If you are in a place where you feel under resourced to cope with the strains in your life it can really help to have someone to share your concerns. I believe in developing resilience. Resilience is the capacity to recover from strain or difficulty. I have worked for years developing tools to help build resilience so that when life inevitably becomes a strain, for whatever reason, I have the capacity to find the strength in myself to go forward. I will work with you to help you develop your own tools for coping. The most important tool in my kit is sharing with others. In sharing connections with others through my work, I have found that anyone can build resilience and find their own way through difficulty.

I am an integrative counsellor which means I draw on a variety of tools in my work. I am particularly interested in using creative writing as a therapeutic tool and have studied this to Masters degree level. I specialise in working with trauma and people who struggle to work through past bereavement. My extensive training includes: Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Person Centred theories as well as Mindfulness and Narrative and Trauma Therapy. I facilitate anger management groups through a counselling charity in Hastings and have also co-facilitated creative therapy groups for women who have experienced abuse.

I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines ensuring I offer my clients a safe and confidential service.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have experience of working with a variety of concerns including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Low self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Pornography addiction
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce/separation
  • Carers of family members
  • Identity crisis
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm

Through my work at a local charity I have experience of working with adults suffering from suicidal thoughts, trauma and domestic abuse. I run anger management groups for adults and children. I previously supported young adults at YMCA Dialogue. I offer both short term counselling (6-12 sessions) and open ended contracts.

In addition to my counselling practice I have experience supporting children and adults with acute mental distress, including employment as a tutor working with children diagnosed with autism.


~Humanistic Integrative Counselling BACP Accredited Diploma
~Certificate in Counselling Skills with an emphasis on Mindfulness-Based Practise, OCN accredited One Year Advanced
~Counselling Skills, CPCAB Level 2
~MA Creative Writing and Personal Development
~BA Hons. English and European Literature

CPD Counselling Courses

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Transaction al Analysis• Transactional Analysis 101• Trauma and Recovery• Depression• Shame• Psychological Games• The Shame of Addiction• Advanced Counselling Skills• Attachment, Attachment Disorder, Trauma and Recovery• Contact and Immediacy • Safeguarding• Equality and Diversity• Trauma Informed Approach

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£50 for 50 minute session time.

Initial meeting reduced fee of £20, this gives us a chance to be sure that I am the right counsellor for you before committing to working together. I may refer you to another counsellor if it becomes apparent that you would benefit from a counsellor with a different approach from mine.

Maps & Directions

St. Leonards-on-Sea, TN37

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults