I am a trained counsellor with an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) awarded by CPCAB. Prior to this, I did Volunteer Alcohol Counsellor Training and a Certificate in Christian Counselling. I have also completed The Foundation for Infant Loss Training and the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) Foundation Course in Infertility Counselling. I am an accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development to refresh and enhance my skills. In recent years I have completed courses in written word therapy and Solution- Focused Brief Therapy.
I consider myself an integrative practitioner and work using a range of theories including 'person-centred', 'attachment theory,' 'Compassion Focused Therapy' and 'Cognitive Behavioural Therapy' (CBT). I believe above all, that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the most important determining factor in positive results for the client, which is why I am open to feedback and invite regular reviews. I am warm, empathic and down to earth. I have been told I am easy to talk to.
I work face-to-face, over the telephone and online. I have completed 'Moving your practice online-a brief course for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners' by Online Therapy Institute.
Comments from former clients
"Vanessa is an excellent counsellor. She was very accepting of me and helped me to go to difficult places."
"If I needed counselling in the future I would go to her again."
"I have recommended Vanessa to friends."
"I can't really thank Vanessa enough for how she helped me through a very difficult time."
"When I started counselling with Vanessa, things were so very dark and troubled and with her support a more centred me has grown."