Virginia Godden Diploma in Counselling & Supervision MBACP Registered
I think that sometimes we just need someone to listen, to truly hear what we are saying, and to be there in the moment, just for us. I am reminded of the following quote when I think of counselling;
"When someone is in your life for a reason, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed outwardly or inwardly. S/he has come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually." by Anonymous.
How I Work
I am an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor. Integrative means that I combine different ways of understanding and helping people. The main theories I follow are termed ‘Psychodynamic’ and ‘Person-Centred’.
I am fully insured, registered with the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and follow the BACP Ethical Framework. I am able to work with adults, adolescents, and children on a 1-1 basis. I am able to offer counselling at home in a suitable and confidential environment, and I undertake home visits.
Ultimately, I believe that everyone is different and therefore I would like to discover the unique person that you are. In this way we can work together to find your way forward. My aim is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, confidential, and caring space where you can explore any difficulties you are experiencing or have experienced in the past. I believe through counselling you can develop a sense of acceptance of who you are and come to terms with life events.
What Happens Next?
Once you contact me and I have answered any outstanding questions we would arrange a free consultation session lasting approximately 30 minutes. This would be to complete an assessment so I can understand what support you may require and to offer you the opportunity to decide if you would like to work together.
We would then arrange the regularity of sessions (e.g. weekly), fees, and discuss initial amount of sessions. For example, this may be a total of 12 initially, with a review half way through to see how these are working for you. However, we can review any concerns throughout our work together.
I offer sessions weekdays between the times of 9:00am – 5:00pm however do offer evening slots if daytimes are difficult.
I appreciate how difficult it can be when you have made the decision to seek support, to meet with someone face to face that you don't know. It may be easier to have a chat on the phone, text or email to help you make this life making decision to seek the help you need.
Do feel free to use this service.
Training, qualifications & experience
ABC Level 4 Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling.
NCS Level 6 in Professional Supervision
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
Over 20 years of experience of working with adults, children and their families from a variety of backgrounds in different settings. This has included management roles within a Care Home for adults with additional needs and for an Outreach Team supporting Children and Families. I also have a significant amount of experience working directly with a variety of different agencies and vulnerable groups in order to offer clear support.
Alongside my private practice I also work as a Counsellor within several local schools.
Qualified General Nurse (not currently registered/practising).
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free 30 minute initial assessment.
Individual (Adult or Child) 50 minute session - £40 payable by either cash or bank transfer.
Couple 90 minute session - £60 payable by either cash or bank transfer.