You may wish to know a little about me before deciding whether to make contact
Hi, I'm Vicky. I am a down to earth person, easy to talk to and have a genuine interest in other people, including listening to and learning from others.
I am a Mum to Charlie, partner to Alan, and have a dog, parakeet, and coldwater aquarium. I am a football fan, enjoy going swimming and bowling and connecting with friends and family.
I run an established counselling practice and have a background in providing emotional and mental health support within the voluntary and public sector - Cruse Bereavement Care, Bereavement Services, NHS Adult Mental Health, Solent Mind and Women's Aid.
I have been counselling since 2011, and hold the following qualifications:
I am trained in First Aid, and have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas:
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice and regularly consult with my counselling supervisor.
I am a Practitioner Member of the Person-Centred Association, have a counselling profile on Psychology Today and the Welldoing Directory.
I am passionate about counselling, meditation, being outdoors and connecting with nature, and self-expression through art and writing.
I have had 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 can offer long or short-term person-centred counselling
My approach to counselling is person-centred (developed by the Psychologist, Carl Rogers), yet its philosophy is something that I embrace in my whole 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 understand that 'life' gets in the way of that. Relationships and life events may have affected your self-belief, self-esteem or sense of identity.
I'm committed to being alongside you as best I can, with whatever you choose to bring to counselling, and by creating and providing an environment where you feel safe, accepted, heard and understood.
In sessions, I may offer information and encourage self-care, yet I won't advise, provide solutions or make decisions for you. Everyone is different, and only you can know what is right for you.
And, while I can listen at a deep level, I am not a passive listener - I actively engage with you and offer feedback so that you can gain a fresh perspective on things and develop your awareness.
I strive to offer a flexible and creative approach using art and journaling - sometimes, it's hard to vocalise thoughts and feelings. You may wish to use or experiment with these mediums.
My goal (and hope) in counselling is to enable you to make sense of your struggles, find a way through them and continue to be the best that you can be.
We can explore the possibility of counselling together through an introductory session
An introductory session offers an opportunity to be introduced to one another, ask questions and talk through counselling. I will do my utmost to make you feel welcome and at ease.
Here you can share a little bit about what's brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve from it, and my aim is for us to establish whether we could work well together.
If you would like to book an introductory session or ask questions before taking that step, please call 07729 193629 or submit the contact form on this website.