Hello, I ‘m Virginia.
Welcome to my website.
I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor, working with adults in Deal and Canterbury, Kent and Islington, London.
The prospect of beginning counselling, and/or returning to counselling, can be difficult… but well worth it!
I hope that I can help you to resolve some initial uncertainties so that you can decide to go further with me for counselling. I am happy to answer any queries at an initial session.
I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor, working with adults in Deal in Kent and Islington in London.
Most of my working life has been in a personal development context. During and between my trainings I worked as an English lecturer in further education. I was inspired in my training by person-centred and humanistic psychology and began my journey in counselling and psychotherapy.
My first counselling work was with young people, within a college (from 1991-2) and also in a youth agency (from 1992-1997). Following this, I was a volunteer counsellor in a charity offering low cost counselling in a community centre (2004-2007), a volunteer counsellor at Metanoia Institute’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (2007-8) and an honorary psychotherapist in an NHS psychotherapy department (2008-2010).
I have worked with people with wide-ranging experiences and concerns, including anxiety, depression and issues to do with identity and relationships. I have also offered shorter-term telephone counselling in an employee assistance programme (2004-2010), often supporting people at times of great isolation and enabling them to find a way forward. I worked in an NHS project providing short-term counselling (from 2010-2011).
I completed an initial Diploma training as a counsellor in 1991 at the Institute of Education in London.
I gained a Post graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies in 2012 from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
I am an Ordinary Member of the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners.
I am a Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I recognise how difficult it can be for people to face and talk about their experiences, as well as the importance of hope and self- acceptance. I have respect the diverse experience and needs of people who come to therapy; I have found each person has gained from the experience and has been able to benefit in their lives.
Counselling is a way of helping people who are often distressed or affected by their experiences; it can help the person live with these difficulties. As you begin to reflect, and develop a dialogue, you may develop insight, self-understanding and compassion. This can begin to effect the changes you seek.
I believe that we all have the potential to enhance our lives and develop our potential, through understanding. counselling offers the opportunity to change.
My theoretical understanding is drawn from attachment, humanistic and relational perspectives which I use in relation to your experience. I recognise the impact of traumatic experience from the past. I might explore with you how your patterns and past relationships may have shaped your experience in the present, or focus on the here and now. I recognise the important role of cultural, spiritual experience and beliefs. I value the individual’s search for meaning.
I believe that the relationship we develop is fundamental to counselling. Through our developing therapeutic relationship you may discover insights into how you relate, and other possible ways of being and responding.
I bring warmth and openness to my work, seeking to create a trusting relationship. I am flexible and empathic, working to develop understanding and insight to enable self-acceptance and growth.
I aim to work with you in a supportive and collaborative way, to explore and clarify your options in the here and now. I will provide a safe place where you can express your feelings and explore your issues. We may also use mindfulness if you resonate with this approach.
I work in accordance with the BACP ethical framework for good practice. I undertake continued training to keep my knowledge and skills up-to-date and attend regular clinical counselling supervision with an experienced psychotherapist/supervisor.
Why Choose Me?
I have a wide experience of the needs and situations that arise for people in their lives.
I have had considerable experience of short-term and open-ended/longer-term counselling.
Some people may decide to come for counselling for a specific period and need which has arisen in specific situations; others may want and need longer-term work, as they know that they will need more time, working with issues of long-standing such as depression, self esteem or abuse. There are benefits to be gained in either and I would be able to work with you and review as your needs may change and unfold.
Things you need to know
If you would like to see me for counselling I offer three locations, one in Broadstairs, and one in Deal, both of which are in Kent, and the other is in Islington, London. For more information please see below.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
£45 per 50 minute session.
Some lower cost spaces may be available, so please enquire regarding availability of these spaces if you are interested.
Transport / Parking:
Please note a Sat Nav will not identify the house so… If coming from St Peters direction you’ll pass the cabin cafe on your left, just after you’ll see a speed camera sign also on the left, indicate left now and turn into the wooden gates (the entrance is opposite no 50 Northdown Hill which is painted bright blue).
There are separate entrance and exit gates at Havisham House, please adhere to the one-way flow of traffic. The car parking area is situated past the main property adjacent to the exit gate. There is no waiting area; therefore please do not arrive for your session until 5 minutes before hand. There are toilet facilities on site.
Meeting your therapist:
Havisham House is a private residence; therefore access to the grounds is prohibited until accompanied by your therapist. We have arranged that your therapist collect you 5 minutes before your session is due to start from the car park. Your therapist will then lead you to your room.
For further information about Kent Counsellors please visit their website here.
The Golf Road Centre, 28 Golf Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6PY
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
£45 per 50 minute session. I am also available for telephone counselling and I am happy to discuss the possibility of lower fees.
Transport / Parking:
The centre is on local bus routes and parking is available in central Deal.
Spiral Holistic Therapy Centre, 2 Shelburne Road, Islington N7 6DL
(N.B. The entrance to Spiral is around the corner in Annette Road)
£55.00 per 50 minute session. I am available for telephone counselling and I see some clients from Spiral’s low cost scheme when working in Islington.
Transport / Parking:
Spiral is on local bus routes and the nearest Underground station is Holloway Road on the Piccadilly line. There is one hour free parking on Holloway Road in bays, two hour free parking in the Waitrose car park for customers, two hour pay and display parking bays on Loraine Road and Hornsey Road, and all day pay parking at the Sobell Centre (entrance on Hornsey Road opposite Arthur Road).
If you would like to make an enquiry or to book an initial session with me then please contact me via email or phone.
07792 965 875