Meet our Practitioners

Vicki Ackerman, BA (Hons), MBACP, MBPsS

Vicki Ackerman

Hello, my name is Vicki, I am a fully qualified MBACP Person-Centred Therapist who has a wide range of experience working therapeutically with children, young people and adults. I work in a client-centred manner built on trust and mutual respect providing a solid foundation for therapy.

As an Integrative Therapist I draw from a broad range of therapeutic models which include: Solution Focused, NLP, CBT, Psychodynamic, Pluralist, Motivational Interviewing and many more. I believe that for a good therapeutic relationship it is vital to recognises a client’s vulnerabilities and strengths while fostering a warm and secure environment where the client feels safe to explore and express their individual feelings and concerns. Also, to endeavour to support the client on their journey to build their own resilience to help them find the right answers.

I offer a safe, calming, supportive, non-judgemental environment which is therapeutically adaptable to encounter a client’s individual needs whilst processing high levels of empathy and understanding. With a proven history of working with children, young people and adults in a social care, school and in a university setting, has enabled me to gain extensive knowledge of offering support, rehabilitation and guidance to clients who have experienced trauma or hardship whilst retaining an objective and realistic approach to individual treatment and therapy. 

As a child counsellor I offer an integrative and neuro diverse approach to therapy in accordance to the developmental stages of a child. Sessions will draw upon an attachment and trauma-based play therapy. Early life experiences lay down foundations later in life which can impact on child development. Trauma experiences in early life can impact on a child in many ways, for example high and low emotions, distress, detached, low esteem and more difficult to see the impact on brain development. I hope to increase awareness, so we do not purely focus on behaviour but understanding the child, by listening and observing. Therapists understand and acknowledge that early traumatic experiences cause developmental trauma, the nervous system becomes stuck in a state of high alert, a fear response cycle, preventing the child to move forward onto the next developmental stage.

I am also comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds who are experiencing multiple difficulties and complex needs which include: 

  • Attachment
  • Bereavement
  • Domestic abuse and sexual abuse
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Separation and divorce
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Terminal illness
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Marital difficulties
  • Child-parent conflicts
  • Consultancy
  • Guilt