Victoria McCracken BA (Hons), PG Dip
I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Psychotherapist and I believe that any individual encountering difficulties may benefit from counselling.
Counselling can offer a safe space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings that are causing you worry or distress. The counselling relationship can help you understand what is wrong and support you to find new ways of coping with your thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
I offer a therapeutic relationship which is based on trust, empathy and acceptance. I will listen and support you to find your way forward. I believe that you can benefit from counselling at any age and I am able to reflect and integrate different ways of working dependent on your needs.
All Counselling Sessions during the Coronavirus Pandemic will now take place using online platforms (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp or Messenger Video) or by telephone. This is to keep everyone safe as well as following the advice of the Government, NHS Scotland and my governing body BACP.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently offer counseling & Psychotherapy to Young People and Adults within my own Private Practice.
I have experience working within a variety of settings within the voluntary sector ; drug & alcohol services, children & young people (Aged 5 to 16), Bereavement service within a Hospice (Aged 16+) and latterly as Service Manager for a Children and Young People's support and counselling service.
I can draw on a range of approaches to support you in finding your way forward and these include motivational interviewing, play, CBT.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Stirling University
- Postgraduate Diploma in Drug & Alcohol Studies - University of the West of Scotland
- BA (Hons) Social Science
- I have also undertaken the following additional training:
- Counselling Couples and Families - A Person-Centred Approach
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Working with Trauma
- Mental Health First Aid
- Child Protection Inter-agency Level 2
- Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 (UK)
- Solihull Training
- Lifestory Work
- Talking Mats
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Sessions at this time will take place using a variety of online platforms (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp or Messenger Video) or by telephone.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch via text, email or telephone.
I can offer a free initial telephone consultation. This will allow you to get a sense of how I work and ask any questions. If you decide you are happy and would like to go forward then we can arrange an initial appointment.
During the initial appointment we can look at what you would like to get from counselling, and if you are happy to continue we can arrange our next appointment. Many people choose to have weekly or fortnightly sessions to suit their own circumstances but we can discuss this during our first appointment. Each appointment will last for 50 minutes.