Virginia Stirling

(MNCS) Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

About me

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. 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.

I am a National Counselling Society (NCS) Accredited Registrant Therapist and Clinical Supervisor; experienced in working with young people, adults and couples 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.

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.

Safeguarding

I hold advanced CBS check certification and abide by the ethical framework of the National Counselling Society. I am also registered with the ICO and abide with current data protection requirements.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

National Counselling Society Diploma in Counselling.

CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Supervision

Advanced 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
  • Mindfulness
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

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

National Counselling Society

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

From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial Phone session: approximately 30 minutes: Free

Counselling session of 50 minutes - £50

Couples counselling session of 50 minutes - £60

Trainee Counsellors:

Initial session: Free

Counselling sessions: £40

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Face to face, video and telephone sessions available. 

Further information

My private and comfortable counselling room is easily accessible, on the ground floor and there is parking.

St. Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19

Type of session

In person
Home visits
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

The therapy room is on the ground floor. There is off the road parking at the premises.

Additional languages

No

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supportive, flexibly delivered supervision across a range of counselling models and approaches. Please contact me for a free phone session.

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