Victoria Kirby BA (honours), Msc, Msc, BACP reg.
I have a Masters in Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Greenwich, and a Masters in Public Health from Leeds Metropolitan University. I studied Psychology at the University of Newcastle where I received a BA Honours degree.
I trained at the University of Greenwich in integrative therapy and combine psychodynamic and humanistic techniques. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I offer long and short-term counselling and psychotherapy. I offer general therapy and also specialise in sex and relationships therapy. I have an advanced accreditation as a Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities Therapist, awarded by Pink Therapy.
I currently work for a large London teaching hospital where I see clients and coordinate a small specialist NHS counselling service. I also see private clients in both East Dulwich and Blackfriars.
I use mindfulness techniques in both my therapy and everyday life. I have completed a number of evidence-based mindfulness courses including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) training.
I have undertaken Transformational Skills Facilitator training (TSFT) which incorporated elements of breathwork, bodywork and psychodrama, and examined the integration of western and eastern psychological theories and practices.
As well as offering talking therapy, I am currently training in a mindfulness-based Somatic (body) psychotherapy. I am interested in how we hold tension and trauma in our bodies, and in how increasing awareness of our bodily sensations can facilitate a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Before working as a therapist, I worked for the NHS in a public health role. I was employed as the Sex and Relationships Young People’s lead in South West Yorkshire, and then in south London as a Senior Sexual Health Promotion Specialist, leading on work with Men who have Sex with Men. I provided training, worked on policy and strategy development, wrote educational materials and delivered campaigns, designed to improve sexual and mental health. This work focused on addressing health inequalities and gave me a solid understanding of the impact of social and political factors on physical and mental health and wellbeing. I use this understanding in my therapeutic work.