Victoria Martin MBACP (Accredited Register)
Looking-Glass Counselling is based in Llandudno, on the Great Orme, where I have a large, comfortable therapy room, a safe, private, calm and relaxing space, where we'll work together to understand what's really bothering you and what you can do about it.
You might feel a little anxious about talking to a counsellor, you might believe that you ought to be able to deal with your difficulties by yourself. But you're probably finding that turning your worries over and over in your mind isn't solving anything; it might even be making you feel worse!
You probably already have people you can talk to, such as family or friends. But sometimes you need to talk to someone who isn't involved in your life, someone who won't judge you or the situation, but who will listen with empathy and compassion, someone who has the training and expertise to help you find your way forward.
I am a warm, non-judgemental and down-to-earth person, and during your FREE 30 minute Introduction Session, you will find that you quickly feel relaxed and that it's a relief to talk about things.
I'll use my knowledge, experience and expertise to truly understand you and, together, we'll get a clear idea of what you want the counselling to achieve for you. By the end of the Introduction Session, you'll be able to make an informed choice whether and how you want to take things forward.
To find out more, or to book your FREE Introduction Session, visit my website at www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/availability
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a First Class BA Honours Degree in Philosophy, an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Certificate of Highter Education in Psychology, with further training in CBT, Transactional Analysis, Strategic Intervention, Relationship Counselling, Health and Nutrition, Hypnosis, NLP and EFT. While I originally qualified as a Person-Centred Counsellor, over the years I have continued to develop myself both personally and professionally, gaining knowledge and experience, and my own unique counselling "style".
I am a Registered Member of the BACP, which means that you can be assured my counselling training and qualifications have met the professional standards of the largest professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK and you have the security of knowing that I'm bound by their code of ethics and conduct (go to www.bacp.co.uk).
I came into counselling from a teaching background and my first counselling role, beginning in 2010, was for the top FE college in Lincolnshire, working with at risk children in school and home settings. I also spent a year volunteering as a counsellor for the Northamptonshire Youth Advisory Service, where I gained further experience of working with young people. I also worked for two years as a Volunteer Counsellor for the mental health charity, Mind, working with adults. I relocated to Llandudno and set up in Private Practice in February 2014.
Since May 2016 I have also worked as a part-time as a Schools Counsellor. I'm a member of the BACP's. Children and Young People division, which keeps me up to date with all the latest developments in the theory and practice of counselling young people, and am one of a rare breed of private counsellors who work with Young People (aged 11+), so that parents who don't want their child to sit on a waiting list can get help when it's needed right away. I have up to date Safeguarding training and a current DBS certificate (parents can verify this with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) by applying online - you just need the certificate number and my date of birth, which I'll provide on request).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couples: Improve communication, forgive the past and rescue your relationship.
- Weight Loss: Uncover and eliminate the psychological and emotional reasons why you struggle to lose those unwanted pounds.
- Fertility: Before you spend thousands of pounds on fertility treatments, make sure you have eliminated any and all emotional or psychological blocks, which could be what's preventing you from becoming pregnant naturally.
- PTSD, using Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), an approached being used widely and with proven success, for example, by the US military for the treatment of veterans with symptoms of PTSD.
- Pain management, using Advanced EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), often described as "acupuncture without the needles".
- Phobias, for example, fear of flying, fear of spiders, fear of giving birth, etc.
To find out more, book your free 30 minute Introduction Session now at www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/avilability
FREE 30 minute Introduction Session
To book now, go to www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/availability
£50 session rate
Reduced session rates for block bookings (when paid in advance):
10% off 4 sessions - £180
15% off 6 sessions - £255
20% off 8 sessions - £320
To find out more about fees and payment options, please go to www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/fees.
I am fully covered by all the relevant professional and public liability insurances, I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, as required by the Data Protection Act 1988 (go to www.ico.org.uk) and I have a current DBS Certificate. In accordance with the BACP Code of Conduct and Ethical Framework, I attend monthly supervision sessions with a BACP accredited clinical supervisor.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime, evening and weekend appointment, plus the convenience of online booking at www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|