Victoria Lawson

Victoria Lawson

Counsellor in Minster

I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with over 10 years' experience working within the NHS and Social Care settings. Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile, I appreciate that embarking on therapy can be a challenging decision and I hope to provide you with some information about how I practice. Please feel welcome to give me a call for a free initial telephone conversation if you have any questions or would like to know more about the therapy I can offer. I have spaces for private therapy sessions on Mondays.

Background & Qualifications

I am a Specialist Counselling Psychologist working within the NHS within a Secondary Care Community Mental Health Team. I have a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and a Masters Degree in Psychology. I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council and am a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society. I keep fully up to date with Continuing Professional Development and routinely update my skills with training and extra learning.

My Specialisms

I work with individuals struggling with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, often at a point of crisis. Stabilisation and grounding is a key part of the therapy as well as providing a safe and containing space to explore difficulties and patterns that may be causing problems day to day. I work with individuals struggling with Anxiety, Depression, OCD, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Traumatic Stress, Personality Disorders, Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder.

Traumatic experiences, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement are key triggers that can bring people to Secondary Care Psychology and I work extensively with individuals around these areas.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

I am trained integratively, meaning I can draw upon a range of therapeutic models to best suit the needs and the goals of the individual. I work from a predominantly CBT position, drawing upon psychodynamic principles with a humanistic underpinning to my training. This means that therapy can take a skills based more practical CBT approach whilst also attending to the relationship and working with you to attend the issues underlying your difficulties. As a Chartered Psychologist Evidence based practice is key, and I consider NICE guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in our decision making for what may work best for you and your goals.

My practice has moved more towards a Third Wave CBT approach, encompassing Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I was recently recruited as a research therapist for a clinical trial at University College London (UCL) developing a protocol for ACT in treatment resistant Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This process involved receiving specialist ACT training and supervision whilst seeing clients in the trial and has proved a very effective approach for managing difficulties.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy In Person £50 per 50 minutes
Counselling In Person £50 per 50 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £50 per 50 minutes