"When someone really hears you without passing judgement on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good". - Carl Rogers
You may wish to know a little bit about me before making contact
Hi, I'm Vicky.
I'm a down to earth person, easy to talk to, and can listen in an attentive and non-judgemental way. I'm also naturally supportive of others.
I have experienced counselling myself and felt the benefits in all areas of my life.
I practice meditation to support my wellbeing, enjoy journaling through art and writing and getting outdoors and connecting with nature.
I have a background in providing emotional and mental health support within the public and voluntary sector - Adult Mental Health, Bereavement Services, Cruse Bereavement Care, Solent Mind, Women's Aid.
I now run an established counselling service for adults of all ages, and my experience includes face to face, online and telephone counselling.
As an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, I adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice and regularly consult with an online counselling supervisor.
I have been counselling since 2011, and I hold the following qualifications:
I have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas:
I'm an experienced person-centred counsellor for adults of all ages
I have practised person-centred counselling (developed by the psychologist Carl Rogers) for ten years, yet have embraced the philosophy of the approach for over twenty.
I trust that you have the inner resources to work through your struggles and the ability to thrive in your life. I also understand that things can get in the way of that, such as a lack of support, feelings of fear, self-doubt, low self-worth.
As a person-centred counsellor, I will do my best to help you feel part of a safe, trusting and supportive relationship, and genuinely valued, accepted, heard and understood.
I do not lead the counselling sessions - you can bring and explore what feels important to you.
And while I can listen at a deep level, I can also enable you to gain clarity, a fresh perspective on things and develop your awareness.
I can also facilitate and support the use of creative mediums such as art and journal writing. These mediums can aid self-expression, self-awareness and coping skills.
I may offer information when it feels appropriate to do so, yet I won't advise, provide solutions or make decisions for you. Everyone is different, and only you can know what is best for you.
My goal is to enable you to make choices and changes you wish to make and continue to be the best that you can be.
We can explore the possibility of counselling together
I offer sessions online or by phone - I'm happy to explore the options with you.
An introductory session can help us establish if we could work well together, and I will do my utmost to make you feel welcome and at ease.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, you can call 07729 193629 or use my contact form.