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Are you feeling down and insecure? Do you feel lost and want to make sense of a painful experience?
Maybe you're unhappy in your relationship and don't know whether to stay or leave? Or perhaps you have lost a loved one and are searching for ways in how to move on?
Together, we can work through whatever it is that brought you to seek help, and I can support you in making the changes you want to see in your life.
I am North London based however work with clients from anywhere in the UK via Zoom or telephone.
Call, text or email me to start your journey today.
Hello, I'm Victoria. If you're reading this it's very likely you are looking for help; if that's the case I'm very glad you found my website. Please take a read to find out a bit about me and my experience and feel free to get in touch.
I am a fully accredited BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over 10 years experience working in the NHS, charity and private sectors. Prior to training as a therapist I worked in a mental health crisis unit, primarily focusing on suicide prevention with people who have experienced trauma.
About my training
I hold a level 7 Masters of Science degree in Therapeutic Counselling which is accredited by the BACP. This means I have undergone extensive training and studying to practice as a Counsellor/Therapist. As part of my training I was required to complete a minimum 160 supervised practice hours with clients and submit a vast number of assignments and essays that had to meet a high level of academic rigour. I was also required to undergo therapy with a counsellor myself, for a minimum of 40 sessions, enabling me to gain further insight into myself and experience what it feels like to be on the receiving end of therapy.
I currently work for the charity MIND, providing short term counselling for an NHS talking therapy service.
What does accreditation mean?
I am individually accredited by the BACP; this means I have met the BACP higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. In order to gain this I had to show evidence of my work with clients, as well as evidence a minimum of 450 post qualifying client hours.
I have experience with working with a variety of issues, including:
Low self-esteem and low self confidence
Toxic relationships and behaviours
Shame and guilt
I am also a member of BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) meaning I am qualified to work with both men and women struggling with fertility issues.
Read my blog on some of the above topics here
What To Expect
I am an integrative therapist, meaning I draw upon a variety of modalities, but I largely follow a mix person centred, psychodynamic and CBT approaches. As I am trained in a variety of modalities I am able to tailor my approach to suit your needs.
In the first session I will ask you to tell me what brought you to seek help and we can set goals for our time together (if you have any).
What happens in the sessions really depends on what you would like to "get out" of therapy. We will work towards this together in a safe, non-pressurising space and I will use my training and experience to ascertain the best way to help you.
I am often asked how long therapy takes- there is no definitive answer to this, as everyone is different, although NHS guidelines advise a minimum of 8 sessions and in my experience, most of my clients feel a significant change or improvement within 8-12 sessions.
Counselling and Psychotherapy is not about giving advice and I will never tell you what to do or force my own opinions on you. Your treatment and best interests are at the forefront of my work, and
no matter what issue has brought you to therapy, I guarantee that you will be met with warmth and compassion.
You can read more about therapy with me here.
About Telephone and Zoom/Skype counselling
I have been seeing clients for therapy sessions over zoom and telephone since March 2020. Initially I wasn't sure how I felt about this! However, I have been very surprised as to how well remote therapy actually works. The main aspect I love about remote sessions is that I can work with people anywhere in the UK; distance isn't an issue. To read more about the benefits of counselling and psychotherapy via zoom or telephone please read more here.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change" Carl Roger's, Person Centred Therapist
Therapeutic Counselling (Master of Science)
English literature and Counselling (Bachelor degree with Honours)
MBACP (Registered member of British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy)
How long does each therapy session take? ?
Sessions are 50 minutes long.
How much do you charge?
I charge £65 per session, which is below average for a therapist with a level 7 qualification.
Is everything I tell you confidential?
Absolutely. I follow the BACP's confidentiality guidelines; everything you tell me remains strictly between you and I.
Do you provide ad-hoc sessions?
Yes, if you can not commit to weekly sessions (for example, you might be a shift worker) I would be happy to work with you on a flexible basis.