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About me

Life can be unpredictable, challenging, stressful and puzzling at the best of times, and in times of crisis, loss or transition, even more so.  I aim to offer my clients who are experiencing a crisis in their lives the opportunity to find their true and honest voice in the confusion, to clarify their thoughts around what had happened and what might happen in the future, and to support them through the emotional distress that came with the difficulty or loss.  Through the practice of non-judgemental support and listening, combined with gentle exploration of the issue, I have found that clients can achieve a deeper understanding of the various aspects of the crisis and tap into their own resouces and resilience to face what needs to be faced.

Training, qualifications & experience

My counselling qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and an MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have worked with people experiencing bereavement and addiction as well as carers experiencing the impact of addiction in their lives. I have also worked with teenagers in crisis, women who are new mothers and are struggling with motherhood and possibily post-natal depression, men and women facing divorce, and people dealing with chronic illness.

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.

Fees

Additional information

I have no doubt about the efficacy and benefits of counselling for people in crisis, and I believe that it should be financially accessible to as many people as possible. To that end, my fees are £30 per hour.

Availability

I am available during the day and evenings Monday to Friday.

East Twickenham
TW1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Virginia Barnston

Virginia Barnston