Victoria Martin MBACP (Accredited Register)
3 Tabor Hill
01492 440690 / 07846 484760
I'm a Pluralistic Integrative Counsellor, which means that I believe there are many different methods and approaches that I can use to help clients and that different things are likely to help different people at different points in time. I start from the assumption that you are the expert on you and your problem, and my first job is to understand you and to help you to gain a clearer understanding of the issues and problems you're bringing to therapy. How I work with you will depend on what you want from therapy and how you would prefer to work towards your therapy goals. We'll figure all this out together.
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 worry over and over in your mind, rather than solving anything, is just causing that worry to grow.
You may 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.
Counselling is an investment in yourself. It's dedicated time and space for you to unravel your thoughts and understand yourself more deeply, to grieve losses, and to build resilience towards life's challenges.
Looking-Glass Counselling is my private practice, based at my home on the Great Orme in Llandudno, where I have a large, comfortable therapy room, a safe, private, calm and relaxed space, where we'll work together to understand what's really bothering you and what you can do about it.
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 is 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 CertHE 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 growing into 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 been working as a part-time as a Schools Counsellor in the Wirral. 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
- 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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couples Counselling, Marriage Guidance and Relationship Rescue. To find out more, book your FREE 30 minute Introduction Session now at www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/availability.
- Specialist Weight Loss Coaching, to help you uncover and eliminate the psychological and emotional reasons why you struggle to lose those unwanted pounds. For more information, book your free 30 minute Introduction Session now at www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/availability
- Pregnancy and Birth Anxiety, to help you to address and overcome your fears and worries about giving birth and becoming a new Mum.
- Treatment for 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, exam anxiety, fear of giving birth.
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
**I do not charge for cancelled or missed sessions**
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|
Convenience and flexibility of daytime, evening and weekend appointment, plus online booking at www.looking-glasscounselling.co.uk/availability. 60 minute and 90 minute sessions available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|