"Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals".
- L. J. Isham
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 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 have experienced counselling myself and felt the benefits in all areas of my life. I have also witnessed many other people heal, grow and change through the experience.
I offer person-centred counselling for adults of all ages
I practise person-centred counselling (developed by the Psychologist Carl Rogers), yet its philosophy is something that I embrace in all areas of my life and have done so for a long time.
I trust that you have the strengths and inner resources to heal, grow and change yet appreciate that it can be hard to hold onto that belief within yourself. Perhaps life events or relationships have affected your self-worth, self-esteem or identity or left you feeling unsupported.
I also trust that counselling and other supportive relationships can nurture the person you are or would like to become and enable you to make choices and changes you may wish to make.
As a person-centred counsellor, I'm committed to being alongside you as best I can and by creating and providing an environment where you can feel valued, accepted, heard and understood.
I do not lead/direct the counselling sessions - you can bring and explore what feels important to you, including matters concerning your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.
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 work with creative mediums such as art, journal writing, emotion cards, mindfulness affirmations - we may explore such mediums if we feel it would be helpful for you.
I may offer information from time to time, yet I won't advise, provide solutions or make decisions for you. Everyone is different, and only you can know what feels right for you.
My goal (and hope) in counselling is to enable you to find a way through your difficulties and continue to be the best that you can be.
We can explore the possibility of counselling together
I offer sessions online using Whereby, FaceTime or Zoom, or by phone.
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.