Victoria Le Tissier MBACP (Accred) Individual, couple and family therapist.
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I offer an empathetic, safe environment within which clients and I can work together to facilitate the potential for change. I work in a way that is warm, open and ready to engage and interact with you, not judging you for who you are or what you bring to therapy. As a therapist I work with individuals, couples, families and young people. I work in an integrative way which means I have a toolbox of skills and techniques from different therapeutic orientations on which I can draw depending on what is needed, combining these as necessary.
Systemic Counselling is about making a difference to the way we live by looking at how individuals behave within groups or systems, such as families or couples. Psychodynamic Counselling takes into account how previous experience may have affected an individual, including attachment issues and unconscious processes. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy concentrates on identifying what people want to achieve in counselling and facilitating them to make lasting change by recognising and drawing on their own resources.
My practice is collaborative, enabling clients to recognise and make the most of their own skills and abilities, creating a space where you can begin to move forward and achieve your goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons.) in Psychology from Southampton University, accredited by the BACP; a level 2 Certificate in Counselling from Stonebridge Associates; a Masters in Relationship Therapy (couples, families and individuals) with the Relate Institute (validated by the University of Hull and accredited by BACP).
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I have undergone extensive further training, including counselling young people, mental health issues, adult attachment, grief and loss and have completed research into human sexuality. Ongoing training and continuous professional development is fundamental to my practice.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Working effectively and ethically is important to me. I adhere to the BACP code of ethics; my work is regularly supervised where client confidentiality is maintained. I keep up to date with developments in the field, regularly attending courses, workshops and other professional development activities. I comply with current data protection legislation and the security of client information is of up most importance. My practice is fully insured.
I am a member of the BACP, HACP and work as a Relate registered practitioner.
Frequently asked questions:
Is counselling right for me?
The initial session is an opportunity to explore this. We will discuss how we will work together, e.g. the number of sessions, confidentiality, fees and any questions or concerns you may have. You will also have the chance to talk about the circumstances that bring you to counselling and your hopes and expectations.
At this point there is no commitment and you can take time to think about continuing with counselling. What have you got to lose?
There is no commitment at this stage and you will then have time to decide whether counselling feels right for you and if you would like to continue. What have you got to lose?
What happens in counselling?
I endeavor to create an environment where you will feel at ease and able to be part of a collaborative process. Not a patient/doctor type of relationship, but one where I have expert knowledge of relationships but you are also respected as being expert in your relationships. I ensure you are informed about the counselling process and given opportunities to give feedback as to what is helpful and useful for you. Therapy can sometimes feel challenging and there maybe times where you feel outside your usual comfort zone but I try to make sure you feel supported and safe within the counselling environment.
What about timings?
Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes. It is possible that session may be less frequent especially as therapy is coming to an end. I try to offer regular weekly slots, but understand that people have busy, complicated lives and will always try to be flexible where possible. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
How long will I have counselling for?
It is very difficult to put an exact number on the amount of sessions you will need. Everyone and every situation is different. Some people only have a few sessions, others may need longer term support. I would generally advise that we meet for an initial session and see how we get on; from then on we can plan for six further sessions with regular reviews. Planned endings are always preferable but of course you can finish counselling whenever you wish; breaks in counselling are sometimes useful too.