Virginia Stirling (MNCS) Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
I believe that when you share what's going on for you within a consistently supportive and non-judgemental environment, you will be able to start making the changes you want to make or simply better understand how you really feel about things.
I am a National Counselling Society (NCS) Accredited Registrant Therapist and Clinical Supervisor; experienced in working with young people and adults from a range of backgrounds; including working with those experiencing anxiety and depression, bereavement, relationship issues, panic attacks and survivors of violence and abuse. I work in a person-centred way offering a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental, safe space for you to share whatever is on your mind.
My counselling approach:
I appreciate and respond to all of the clients that I work with as individuals and tailor my therapeutic approach to match their needs. I place a good deal of emphasis upon working within the Humanistic Model of counselling, offering a person centred approach; listening and helping the client to explore any problems that they may have; offering acceptance and support to help address feelings resulting from trauma, of emotional low mood and symptoms of depression and anxiety. I also work, where appropriate, with other Models of counselling, including:
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to help clients overcome habitual negative thinking and find a more positive way forward;
-Mindfulness to help clients to manage over-thinking and spiralling of thoughts, introducing calm and clarity
-Psychodynamic work, helping clients make sense of the past, bringing understanding and acceptance to the present.
Counselling is not about telling you what to do or giving advice but it is about offering to see and feel things from your point of view, to 'get alongside you' offering encouragement for a happier future.
Getting in touch:
Taking the first step towards getting counselling support can be scary and I am more than happy to talk on the phone with you before we meet to explore what you are seeking help with and for us to decide whether we should meet for an initial session to see if the counselling relationship will work for you. After that, if we both feel that counselling will be beneficial for you, we can agree to meet on a regular basis. Alternatively, please email me and I will respond.
How much counselling might I need and when is it available?
I offer short and longer term therapy so you don't need to worry about deciding how many sessions might be helpful in the first instance, we can discover that as we work together.
I provide 50-minute sessions throughout the week (including evening and weekend appointments) in a private and comfortable therapy room in Eaton Ford, St. Neots. I can also offer flexibility via Skype sessions, if required.
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check certificate for working with children and adults.
Training, qualifications & experience
National Counselling Society Diploma in Counselling.
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Certificate in On-line and Telephone Counselling
Specialisations and further qualifications in:
Working with Anxiety and Depression.
Working with Children and Young People.
Working with Survivors of Trauma and Abuse
Teaching - Qualified Status.
Training and Group Work.
Training and Experience in:
- Working with People Who Have Disordered Eating
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self Harm
- Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence
- Working with Gestalt Techniques
- Couples Counselling
- Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
- Creative working with children
- Creative Art Therapy
- Working with Shame
- Body Psychotherapy
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Phone session: approximately 30 minutes: Free
Counselling session of 50 minutes - £45
Initial session: Free
Counselling sessions: £35
Concessions offered for
My private and comfortable counselling room is easily accessible, on the ground floor and there is parking.