I believe that we all have the potential to take charge of our lives and that a safe and confidential therapeutic relationship can support us to harness that power, even when it might seem difficult.
Therapy can help us at many times in our lives. We may start when we are struggling with life and feel stuck in patterns of behaviour that no longer work for us. You may want to bring any unresolved issues, current difficulties and/or hopes for the future. There is no set number of sessions and therapy can be brief (6-10 sessions) or long-term. I work with individuals and couples and provide a space to work through whatever brings you to this point in your life.
Psychotherapy and Counselling with Victoria Shalet
Working as a humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor means that I see you as an individual: someone who is made up of a body, emotions, thoughts, sensations and perceptions with your own unique experience of life, one that only you know. Through talking, and the use of gestalt and formative experiments, I work alongside you on your exploration to find a more satisfying way of being.
Before training to be a Psychotherapist, I spent 23 years working as an actor in film, television, theatre and radio. This career of observing the human condition fuelled my interest in people and how the mind works, why we do the things we do and how our interior world manifests itself in our behaviour and the space we take in the world around us.
As both a parent and a step-parent, I feel attuned to the joys and challenges that can arise within family life and have an understanding of the support that is needed to be the best of ourselves within that context. Through my professional experience, I have a experience of the uncertainty and joy that comes with freelance creative careers and how that can affect our self-esteem and world-view.
Areas I work with:
- Anger management
- Anxiety and panic
- Bereavement and grief
- Child related issues
- Couples counselling
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional Abuse
- Low Self-Confidence
- Low Self-Esteem
- Parenting/ step parenting
- Physical Abuse
- Relationship issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexuality issues and sexual problems
- Stress and anxiety
- Transitions and Change
- Work Related Issues
Psychotherapy Qualifications and Training:
My extensive training at Spectrum, a UKCP registered centre for humanistic therapy and training, has included the following courses:
- Oxford Cambridge and RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Spectrum One Year Course in Psychotherapy
- Spectrum Postgraduate Certificate in Psychotherapy
- Basic Sexuality
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence and Prevention
- Working with Anger
- Developing Clinical Skills
- Brief Therapy
- Online Therapy training
- Fathers and Daughters
- Working with Couples Training
I have also continued my training with couples, with renowned therapists Terry Real and Esther Perel in the United States
- The Power of Intimacy with Terry Real and Esther Perel
I am in ongoing training with Terry Real, founder of Relational Life Therapy, to become an RLT therapist. I have so far completed the following stages of the training:
- RLT Levels 1 & 2 (of 3)
- Working with Grandiosity
- Working with Men
- Working with Infidelity and making love work
I have previously worked as a volunteer counsellor with the Place2Be – working with children in schools, where I received extensive training – and within the NHS at Mountfield GP Surgery in North London. I have also worked as a counsellor at Haringey Women’s Forum working with women in difficult situations and as a Samaritan where I spoke to and worked with people in crisis.
I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend courses to further my knowledge and experience. I am in regular supervision with both a UKCP accredited supervisor and with Terry Real for my work with couples. I am also in personal therapy for my own growth and self-care. I abide by the BACP code of Ethics.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
£70 per 50 minute session for individuals.
£90 per 60 minute session for couples.