Dr Victoria Galbraith is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychology Practitioner and she can be found on the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Register of Coaching Psychologists. Her current practice is located at the Nuffield Health Hospital, Hereford.
Personal problems can have a way of taking over your life. You might find yourself repeating the same old pattern, or you might feel stuck and uncertain of whether it will be possible for you to change the way that you feel. Sometimes having a professional psychologist to talk to is the first step along the road to helping yourself.
People can find psychological therapy helpful for a host of different reasons, from a need for personal growth and development to assistance with personal problems. Some find that psychological therapy is useful when they are faced with difficult stages or transitions in their normal life cycle. Transitions may include career changes, relationship breakdown, children flying the nest, or retirement. Other people pursue psychological therapy to help alleviate distress, whether from pressures of living or through long-standing problems or diagnoses that have proved resistant to change.
Indeed, individuals may choose psychological therapy for a variety of difficulties such as anxiety and panic, depression, post traumatic stress, phobias, sexuality issues, fertility issues, identity issues, eating disorders and many many more. Others may choose psychological therapy because their life lacks direction or because their life makes no sense. Dr. Victoria is trained in modern psychological evidence-based methods to support individuals through their crises and to assist them in resolving their fears, panics, anxieties and sadness.
Dr. Victoria is an integrative practitioner, which means that she has a variety of approaches in her toolbox (for example, humanistic therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy (which stems from Freud's psychoanalysis), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) and mindfulness based approaches). However, Dr. Victoria's approach is grounded in humanism, which means that the relationship that you develop with her forms an integral part of her work. She will therefore treat you with respect and will not judge you in any way but will allow you the space to discuss whatever is on your mind in a safe and confidential environment.
People often enter into psychological therapy because they feel as though they need 'expert' advice. As a Counselling Psychologist, Dr. Victoria believes that all answers lie within you. Many people can offer advice in life - friends, family, partners - but often the reason we find it so difficult to make decisions is because we become reliant on others for their suggestions. The process of psychological therapy is concerned with personal growth and development, therefore, Dr Victoria will facilitate this process by assisting you in reaching your own conclusions. She will not offer advice as she believes that you are the expert in your own life... you are the only person who has lived it!
For further information on whether Dr Victoria would be a suitable psychologist for you, please visit this website, which offers further information on the type of work that she provides.
Dr Victoria is recognised as a mental health care provider with all the major health insurance companies (e.g. BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Pru Health).
It is vitally important to choose a psychological therapist with whom you feel safe, comfortable and secure, therefore your introductory meeting will help you to make an informed decision as to whether you would like to continue working with her. The first meeting is often a huge first step for any individual so Dr Victoria understands and respects the difficulty you may have had in deciding upon this course of action. However, do bear in mind that you may feel uncomfortable initially because of the things that you are discussing. With this in mind, she will always work at your pace and will never force you to talk about something that you would rather not focus upon.
In the fist session, you will be asked to explain as much about your reasons for seeking assistance as you can, so that Dr Victoria can gain a better understanding of how she may be able to assist. However, if you feel uncertain about explaining certain things, she will respect your decision at all times. During this first session, it is hoped that you will feel supported and understood; and both can see whether you feel comfortable working with one another. If, at the end of the session, you feel as though you would like to continue working with her then you can make another appointment or alternatively you can go away and have a think about it.
Some of the things that may be discussed in an initial consultation will be:
· Why you feel that psychological therapy/coaching may be beneficial for you and why now is the right time for you to gain this assistance;
· What may be causing you distress and what has led up to this;
As a consequence of the discussions in this initial session, your situation may become more clear for you and you can then decide in your own time whether to return for further therapy sessions.
If you decide that you would like to continue working with Dr Victoria, then she would discuss your aims for therapy and attempt to discover what your particular issues mean for you and your life. For instance:
· It may be that you find it very difficult to make decisions and that when you do make decisions, others are not happy with the choices you make;
· It may be that you find yourself continually thinking in negative ways and that you find it difficult to envisage a positive future with the way that things look at the moment;
· It may be that you would value more helpful ways of coping with the stresses and anxieties that you are experiencing;
· It may be that you are unhappy with your behaviour and would like to change the ways that you are affected in certain situations;
· It may be that you do not feel confident in certain situations and that you would value some assistance with developing your self-confidence and finding a more positive outlook on life;
· It may be that you have experienced pain in your life that you are finding very difficult to overcome.
Indeed, these suggestions are only the tip of the iceberg. People enter into psychological therapy for so many different reasons and each person’s story is unique to them so whatever your motivations are for seeking assistance, these should hopefully become apparent and explored during these sessions.
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