Virginia Brailsford

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MSc MBACP(Accred)Integrative EMDR Psychotherapist/Supervisor
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Belper DE56 & Derby DE1
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About me

About me

I am a qualified, accredited and experienced Integrative therapist and supervisor. 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)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
  • Person-centred approach
  • Attachment theory

My Experience:

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:

  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Distress
  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Sexual and physical abuse and violence, in particular working with the impact of childhood abuse and emotional neglect
  • Low self esteem and confidence
  • Depression
  • Work related Stress

My Counselling Approach:

I always work in collaboration with my clients as it is my belief that the client knows what's 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

My Qualifications:

MSc Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) Part 1, 2 & 3

Certificate in Counselling Supervision

Diploma in Counselling Skills & Studies in Psychotherapy

Certificate in Couples and Relationships Counselling

Other training:

  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
  • Integrative Trauma Treatments
  • Shame and Guilt

I hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and I'm a registered and accredited member of the BACP.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£60.00 - £100.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individual Psychotherapy £60.00 (50 minute session)

EMDR £100 (90 minute Session)

Couples or Relationship Counselling £70.00 (50 minute session)

Individual Supervision £60.00 (60 minute session) £90.00 (90 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.

When I work


Belper, Derbyshire, DE56

Derby, Derbyshire, DE1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

I specialise in working with the impacts of abuse & trauma. I work collaboratively with therapists to ensure the best use of their supervision time.

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Virginia Brailsford
Virginia Brailsford