There are so many Counsellors to choose from and where to start..
You may be wondering who will really understand your thoughts, feelings and life challenges? How will Vicky work and will we get on? Can she help me to find a way forward that suits me and my own strengths and values?
Rest assured that we can use the first session to explore these questions and if you don't get the reassurance you need then it's important to keep looking and I can support you with this.
I work with clients who have emotional difficulties linked with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, low self-esteem, illness, trauma and loss/bereavement that impact on quality of life. I support clients by drawing on the most appropriate counselling approaches and strategies for each individual and I work in a warm, caring and outcome driven way.
I have a specialism in supporting patients and relatives living with long term health conditions and having worked in healthcare for 25 years, I understand the challenges of living with depression, anxiety, pain, diabetes, cancer, amputation or kidney disease for example, and the psychological and emotional impact of this.
Spending time with a Counsellor you can trust helps to build self-awareness, understanding and a realisation of choices around what can be changed in life or sometimes it can simply help us to accept and better manage what cannot be changed.
Feedback from clients:
- I felt able to talk openly and honestly
- The open questions were thoughtful and easy to respond to
- It has helped me to accept myself for who I am and move on in life
- I felt so low and counselling helped me to process what was happening and find some personal strategies
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced BACP registered and accredited counsellor offering individual counselling to adults.
25 years working with patients and professionals within the NHS, medical companies and patient organisations
- Work as an NHS counsellor within GP surgeries and NHS Trusts, supporting with staff and patients
- Counsellor at Macmillan palliative care service
- Bereavement Counsellor with experience in trauma
- Organ Donor Counsellor
- Trained as Health and Wellbeing Coach
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular experience in supporting patients and carers living with a long term condition such as depression, anxiety, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, cancer or neurological conditions.
My fee is £45 per 50 minute session.