Victoria Shalet MBACP - Individual and Couples Therapist
Oxford House Therapy
24 Oxford Road North
Barnsbury Therapy Rooms
144 Liverpool Road
I believe that we all have the potential to take charge of our lives and that the therapeutic relationship can work to harness that power. Celebrating the best parts of ourselves can help us to grow or change the parts we are less confident about.
I am a warm, compassionate and empathetic humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor. I work with individuals and couples and provide a safe and confidential space to talk through whatever brings you to this point in your life. Therapy takes the form of a conversation between the two/three of us where I work to support you on your exploration to find a more satisfying way of being.
Therapy can help us at many times in our lives. We may start when we are struggling with life and feel stuck in patterns of behaviour that no longer work for us. You may want to bring any unresolved issues, current difficulties or hopes for the future.
Working as a humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor means that I see you as an individual: someone who is made up of a body, emotions, thoughts, sensations and perceptions with your own unique experience of life, one that only you know.
There is no set number of sessions and therapy can be brief (6-8 sessions) or long-term. I offer face-to-face, online and phone sessions.
Before training to be a Psychotherapist, I spent 23 years working as an actor in film, television, theatre and radio. This career of observing the human condition fuelled my interest in people and how the mind works, why we do the things we do and how our interior world manifests itself in our behaviour and the space we take in the world around us.
I am passionate about relationship and communication and enjoy working with couples at any stage of their relationship. I am clear that all relationships need cherishing (even from the beginning) and that learning how to do so can reap rewards.
As a mother, I feel particularly attuned to the sensitivities of children and issues to do with childhood. Alongside the understanding of the changing dynamics in families once children arrive.
Through my professional experience I have a great understanding of the uncertainty and joy that comes with freelance creative careers and how that can affect our self-esteem and world-view.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the BACP and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework
I trained at Spectrum Training, the largest humanistic centre for therapy in the country. I am committed to continued professional development and regularly attend courses to further my knowledge and experience.
My in-depth training has included the following courses:
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
- Basic Sexuality
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence and Prevention
- Working with Anger
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Brief Therapy
- Fathers and Daughters
- Working with Couples Training
I have continued my training in the following fields
- The Power of Intimacy - with Esther Perel and Terry Real
- Working with Men - with Terry Real
- Relational Life Therapy (RLT) with Terry Real - Levels 1-3 (in the USA)
Alongside my training at Spectrum I have been a volunteer counsellor with the Place2Be – working with children in schools, where I have received extensive training - and at Mountfield GP Surgery. I have also worked as a counsellor at Haringey Women’s Forum working with women in difficult situations and as a Samaritan where I spoke to and worked with people in crisis.
I am also in regular supervision with a BACP Senior accredited member and accredited Supervisor to ensure the highest standard of care and in personal therapy for my own growth and self care.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
£70 per 50 minute session for Individuals
£90 per 60 minute session for Couples
I also offer Skype and telephone sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am currently full but will have more space available in W4 in late February 2019.
Types of client