"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 practice meditation to support my wellbeing, enjoy journaling through writing and art and being outdoors/connecting with nature.
I am also a football fan, enjoy music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
I am a former Civil Servant, NHS Adult Mental Health Support Worker and Receptionist, and Local Authority Bereavement Services Officer.
I have also trained and volunteered with the following established organisations:
I have experienced counselling myself and felt the benefits in all areas of my life. However, this is not the only reason I trained as a counsellor. My interest is people and human relationships.
I established Azalea Counselling after qualifying as a counsellor, and I provide counselling for adults of all ages. My experience includes face-to-face, telephone and online counselling.
I now work solely online and over the phone and have undertaken a Certificate course approved by the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and National Counselling Society (NCS).
As an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, I adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice and regularly consult with a counselling supervisor. I am also fully insured for my counselling work.
I have been providing counselling since 2011, and I hold the following qualifications:
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
Certificate in Couple and Family Counselling
Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling
Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (accredited course)
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling
Centra Counselling Level 1.
I have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas:
Art Therapy and Journal Therapy
Challenging Behaviour in Children and Young People
Domestic Violence and Abuse
Introduction to Child Psychology
Mindful Mental Health
Moving Your Practice Online
Postnatal Depression Awareness
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation.
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 - it underpins my personal and professional relationships.
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 utmost to help you feel part of a safe, trusting and supportive relationship and genuinely accepted (as opposed to judged) and understood.
I do not lead the counselling sessions - it is your space to bring and explore or reflect on whatever feels important/matters to you. I can, however, support you with any goals you may have.
Listening is a big part of what I offer, yet I am not a passive listener - I actively engage with you to help you get some clarity or a fresh perspective on things and develop your self-awareness.
Creative mediums, including journal writing, can be used to support self-expression, self-awareness and coping skills. I have received training to facilitate and support this process.
I may offer information to support the work we are doing, yet I won't give advice, provide solutions or make decisions for you. Everyone is different, and only you can know what feels best for you.
My goal in our work together is to enable you to make choices and changes you wish to make and continue to be the best you can be.
We can explore the possibility of counselling together
I can offer a free individual consultation of 45 minutes or a couples consultation of 60 minutes. The consultation can help us establish if we could work well together - online or over the phone.
If you would like to book a consultation or ask questions before taking that step, you can call 07729 193629 or use my contact form.