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. My aim as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist is to not only provide an understanding and empathic space for you to work through (and make sense of), the difficult emotions you may be feeling, but to also help you in making the changes you want to see in your life.
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. The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) is the UK's leading governing body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Prior to training as a therapist, I worked in a mental health crisis unit, providing informal counselling to people from all walks of life.
My professional advice and opinions have appeared in the media (such as The Huffington Post problem page, Metro and Newsweek). To take a look please see here.
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.
As well as my Master's, I hold the NHS recognised Counselling For Depression qualification, which is NICE approved and licensed to be delivered in NHS services.
I previously worked for the charity MIND, providing short term counselling for an NHS talking therapy service.
If you would like to see further training I have undertaken, please click here.
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:
Emotional abuse, including therapy for gaslighting (Read more about therapy for emotional abuse here)
Loss including infant loss
Low self-esteem and low self confidence
Toxic relationships and behaviours
I am a member of BICA (British Infertility Counselling Association) meaning I have had specialist training in and am qualified to work with both men and women struggling with fertility issues. I have also completed The Foundation For Infant Loss accredited training.
At times I am approached by various media outlets such as magazines and websites to provide an opinion or article on a mental health related topic. If you are a member of the media and think I could help you in some way, please contact me.
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. Many people I see also feel that remote therapy fits in very easily to their lives; they can fit in a session in the middle of, or straight after their working day, as opposed to travelling to a certain address and factoring this additional time into their day. While I work remotely from my home office, it remains a quiet, confidential and safe space.
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 Rogers, Person Centred Therapist
My Qualifications and Professional Memberships
Therapeutic Counselling (Master of Science)
English Literature and Counselling Skills (Bachelor's degree with Honours)
Person Centred Experiential Counselling For Depression- BACP Accredited Course (NHS Recognised)
MBACP (Accred) (Registered, accredited member of British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy)
MBICA (Member of British Infertility Counselling Association)
How long does each therapy session take? ?
Individual sessions are 50 minutes long. Couples counselling sessions are 60 minutes.
How much do you charge?
I charge £75 for individuals per 50-minute session, and £95 per 60-minute couples counselling session. These prices are below average for a therapist with a level 7 qualification.
Can I stop anytime?
Yes of course, once we start working together there is no obligation to continue, if, for whatever reason you feel you don't wish to continue. I just ask that you let me know at least 24 hours before our next booked session.
Is everything confidential?
Absolutely. I adhere to the BACP's confidentiality guidelines.