Victoria is a qualified person-centred humanistic counsellor with effective outcomes, tailored to meet your individual needs.
Victoria’s counselling utilises both integrated theoretical models including cognitive behaviour therapy. Her experience to date encompasses a diverse range of issues when working with both adults and children and she is a registered member of the BACP.
Victoria’s aim of her therapy is to help you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, confidential non-judgemental environment. There you can work together to help gain meaning of a problem whether it is historic, present or related to the stress that life creates.
Victoria’s goal as your therapist is for you to gain greater understanding to help you progressively evolve and to develop coping strategies that will enable you to feel empowered and work towards a sustainable outcome for your future wellbeing.
Victoria has worked for the NHS in Primary Care Centres across the North East, supporting adults for all mental health issues using integrative counselling methods. The main issues she worked with were low mood, anxiety, and bereavement. More recently, this support has included staff of the NHS who have worked within the health service during the Covid Pandemic. Victoria has also worked as a counsellor for many charities, including a national mental health charity working with adults in all areas of mental health including sexual abuse, work related stress, bereavement, low mood, anxiety, divorce, and other relationship issues including trauma.
Whilst working for a bereavement charity, she worked with clients experiencing grief and loss, which included providing support for complicated grief, traumatic death, suicide, termination, neonatal death, and other loss such as adoption. She also successfully completing the charities foundation degree course in Bereavement. She has experience of working with children, specifically with self-harm, bereavement, family breakdown, relationship difficulties and emotional and physical abuse. She has worked both in educational settings and in children’s services, specifically with children with special needs, which includes communicating with families and other fellow professionals working within the NHS, children and young people’s services.
Victoria also has worked within the GP referral team, speaking with clients by phone and referring them to the appropriate services to meet their personal mental health needs.
Victoria ran her own business for many years and has expanded her experience into counselling. Working closely with members of the public of all ages including children, gave her great knowledge and understanding of human diversity and how life events can affect the wellbeing of both children and adults. Since April 2020 Victoria has also been an emergency response volunteer, assisting the NHS healthcare system during the Covid 19 Pandemic, specifically helping and supporting the vulnerable in the Newcastle area.
Qualifications & Experience
BA Degree with Honours – Counselling – Sunderland University
Bereavement Foundation Course
Difference and Diversity: Understanding Ethics
Working with Relational Depth Training
Dream Completion Technique, working with Trauma and Insomnia
Disenfranchised Grief Training
Developing personal confidence and self-awareness
Wellbeing in the workplace, understanding stress and stress management