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About me

Life can be really tough and challenging at times as well as being fast paced. We don't often get the chance to take a moment and focus on how we are feeling, good or bad, so these feelings can add up and become overwhelming and all consuming. The counselling that I offer enables you to be able to take the time to talk through and explore some of these feelings and experiences. I have experience of working with adults on a short and long term basis for both Mental Health charities, addiction charity and within a NHS IAPT setting. I also have experience working with university students.

What to expect in the first session

Before the counselling takes place, I offer a first session where I explain the type of therapy that I offer as well as going through the Counselling contract, such as confidentiality and what you can expect from the counselling. It also gives you a chance to outline what you would like to get out of the counselling and any goals that you may want to work towards.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 2015 with a MSc in Counselling Psychology from the University of Keele. I also have a degree background in Psychology and Criminology.

I have also undergone training in CfD in 2017 in order to provide counselling within the NHS. CfD is based upon a joint model of both Person Centred Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy. This means I can work within short term model.

The main type of therapy that I am trained in is Person Centred Therapy. I decided to train in this type of therapy as I believe in the core conditions that are offered throughout the therapy sessions and the impact these can have in working through issues as well as working towards goals.

Since qualifying I ave undertaken further training in various topics, such as Motivational Interviewing, Critical Incident Debriefing and Relational Trauma among others.

Qualifications

MSc in Counselling Psychology - Keele University

CfD training - Nottingham University

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

My fees are from £50 per counselling session.

I do offer concession fees where I can. At present these are being offered to NHS workers.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

I am registered with the BACP and so adhere and work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychology. This includes confidentiality.

Buntingford
Hertfordshire
SG9

Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

My availability is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the day.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Victoria Simmons

Victoria Simmons