About Me And Why Telephone Counselling:
Hi my name is Vicky, (if you hadn't guessed already, lol) I’m a qualified professional Counsellor in private practice and apart from being passionate about delivering a quality easy to use service, that takes the hassle out of getting to and from therapy, I'm also a dedicated Mum to a gorgeous 8 year old girl.
People often ask me, how I manage to listen to people and their problems all day, but the truth is, it’s rarely all day, as it’s important that I take regular breaks and manage my self-care, however, I often feel energised by the work that I do with Clients.
Working with people whatever their issue or concern is rarely a chore. I enjoy what I do and being of service to others, is rewarding and makes me feel like I am living my life’s purpose, so I feel very grateful for that.
I studied Counselling over several years starting in 2009 and qualifying in 2015. As part of the professional development we are expected to access Counselling during the training.
Accessing regular therapy sessions during and after pregnancy became a hassle, even though I enjoyed my sessions. I didn't drive and I had little support when it came to childcare once my little one was born. The time and energy and money it took to arrange childcare and then wait for public transport, took up precious time away from my new born.
It was this experience that made me think there must be an easier way to access therapy, however upon research, I noticed Counsellors rarely offered remote counselling of any sort without the feeling that it wasn't their usual practice and only upon special arrangement would this be possible. I just felt like I'd be putting them out and so needless to say I never managed to arrange remote therapy when I needed it the most! Once I qualified as a Counsellor, I started to contemplate the kind of service I could offer, and wondered if I could provide the service that I wished I’d had when I needed it the most, so I did some training in Telephone Counselling, to support me in my endeavour and I absolutely loved it! That was it! I decided to niche in Telephone Counselling and Tel:Vicky was born!
I love remote counselling as not only does it allows me to work from home and around school times, (which if you're a single mum you'll know is not easy!) but also allows me to work with others who find it difficult to balance their self-care needs within a limited time frame too.
A Note About My Personal Experience with Therapy
I have found personal therapy not only to be a wonderful insight to my professional development as a Counsellor but also a valuable support during difficult times in my life as well as a great tool for personal development.
To this day I still see my Counsellor at various opportunities as well as having monthly supervision to support the work I do which is good ethical practice.