Virginia Brailsford MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred)
I am a qualified, accredited and experienced Integrative therapist. I have a passion for helping individuals recognise their potential and bring out the best of themselves. I thoroughly enjoy helping to empower my clients and facilitate their personal and professional growth. Raising self esteem, developing confidence and reducing anxiety is a specialism of mine.
I offer both short term and long term counselling and always work with individuals in deciding what is most appropriate for them.
How I work:
Its vital that you feel comfortable and safe in your therapy sessions, so choosing the right therapist is incredibly important. As such, I offer a free phone consultation so you can decide whether you feel i'm the best fit for you. This will help you get an understanding of how I may be able to help and whether my approach suits what you're looking for.
As an integrative therapist, I draw upon the following theories to inform the way I work:
CBT (Cognitive behavioural Therapy)
I have experience working with and supporting individuals in various settings. My work in prison settings with offenders has helped cement the importance of working non-judgmentally. Working as part of employee service's has highlighted how day to day stresses of work life can have a negative impact in all areas of your life.
Many of the individuals I have worked with have had experiences of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence so I am acutely aware of the importance of helping to build resilience, autonomy and confidence.
I have worked with different voluntary organisations across Derbyshire, offering counselling to individuals living with the impact of rape, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. I also have experience working with the difficulties that eating disorders present.
Areas I specialise in:
Anxiety and anxiety disorders
Sexual and physical abuse, in particular working with the impact of childhood abuse and emotional neglect
Effects of Trauma
Low self esteem and confidence
Work related Stress
My Counselling Approach:
I always work in collaboration with my clients as it is my belief that the client knows whats best for them. I help by validating their emotions and challenging their thought patterns with the idea that through their empowerment they can move themselves to a more positive place.
I believe that present day difficulties, whether that be problems in relationships, negative thinking or behaviours are linked to unresolved issues or experiences of the past. By raising your self awareness and understanding on how and why you deal with issues in certain ways, you can then make an informed decision on whether you would like to change your negative thoughts or behaviour.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Counselling Skills & Studies in Psychotherapy
Certificate in Couples and Relationships Counselling
- Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
- Shame and Guilt
I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and I'm a registered and accredited member of the BACP.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Individual Psychotherapy £50.00 (50 minute session)
Couples or Relationship Counselling £65.00 (50 minute session)
I am willing to offer reduced fees for psychotherapists and counsellors in training.
Please be aware that in the case of cancellation or missed appointments less than 48 hours before the time of the booked session, an alternative appointment can be arranged if possible, however, if this is not possible, the full fee will be required.