Vicky's Professional Qualifications and Experience
I have a BSc. degree in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. I began my counselling training in 1995 at the same university, taking a 3 year course to gain a Certificate and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.
Throughout my counselling training I was also employed by the NHS and worked in a specialist in-patient unit for adolescents, supporting the therapeutic group work that the young people were offered.
I moved to Hampshire in 1999 and worked briefly for Social Services with children in care before taking a counselling post at a College of Further and Higher Education. For 8 years I was responsible for the counselling provision at the college, offering individual counselling, working with groups of students and providing staff consultations.
Since 2008 I have been employed by a local university to provide individual counselling to the student community which in the past included staff . I therefore have extensive experience of working with a wide range of adults in terms of age, culture and ethnicity. I have also provided psycho-educational workshops on the subjects of how to manage exam anxiety and relaxation. I completed the Westminster Pastoral Foundation Certificate in Supervision in 2009 and provide counselling supervision to volunteer counsellors on placement at the University.
I have also undertaken training in Counselling Couples and have been awarded a Certificate In Couples Counselling by Basingstoke Counselling Service. I currently do not offer Couples Counselling within my private practice but I find that this training informs my work with individual clients who wish to discuss relationship issues.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which is a professional body that sets the standards for good and ethical therapeutic practice. I am also a UKRC Registered Independent Counsellor.
Other training's I have undertaken include: Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Childhood and Sexual Abuse; Mindfulness; Understanding Self Harm and Self Esteem, Assessing Risk, Basic Techniques in Dialectical Behavior Therapy ( I am not a qualified DBT Therapist), How to Provide Online Counselling, to name but a few.
I work as an Integrative Counsellor, as I have integrated various counselling theory and techniques in to my work as I have developed professionally.
My core way of working is client-centred and therefore it is very important that I am able to listen to you without judgment, and as far as possible, understand how you are experiencing your situation. It is also important that we find a way of working together that suits you and your needs and therefore other theory or approaches I am able to use include: Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Techniques, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Mindfulness. We can discuss any of these approaches in more detail during the initial session and generally how we can work together in a way that is helpful to you.