Paratoi: Evidence Based Antenatal ~ The Home of KG Hypnobirthing
Meet the founder and lead practitioner:
Vicki was born and raised in Swansea in South Wales and obtained both her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Wales. For the latter, she was granted a scholarship.
Following qualification in 2006, Vicki embarked on over a decades' service to clinical psychology within a variety of mental health services throughout the UK, building and applying a range of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness based interventions with groups and individuals who sought their support.
Working directly under the supervision of lead Consultant Clinical Psychologists in her areas of expertise. Vicki was able to build a comprehensive folio of achievement resulting in her being offered a place on the prestigious DClinPSy, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, training programme in 2015.
By this time, Vicki was married with two children and had relocated to Bristol where she and her husband extended their small family with the addition of their youngest daughter in 2016.
Having a 3rd child to care for at home, meant emphasising work-life balance in her career and so, Vicki went on to take her outstanding clinical references along the path of private practice.
As Vicki continued to work both within private practice and NHS services as well as dedicating time to voluntary services for expectant mothers and those with new babies, her professional leaning and own experiences during pregnancy began marking a transition, where Vicki began applying much of her training and experience specifically to the support and care of expectant and new parents.
Through her personal experiences of maternity and obstetric care during pregnancy, birth and the post natal period, coupled with her background in applied psychology, Vicki became increasingly involved in researching evidence based approaches to antenatal care, woman-centred care and birth rights.
In 2018, Vicki extended her training repertoire by undertaking a teacher training diploma with the school of world renowned hypnobirthing specialist, Katharine Graves, and achieved the Royal College of Midwives Accredited DipHb(KGH).
Vicki also trained as an NHS Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and currently donates time each week to the service available on her local maternity ward.
Vicki has since founded her own private, evidence based antenatal practice;
Paratoi: Evidence Based Antenatal
The new home of KG Hypnobirthing.
My skills ~ Qualifications & Areas of expertise
Assessment and clinical formulation, subsequent development and delivery of CBT and Mindfulness-based Interventions for a range of requirements including for Stress Reduction, Mood Management, Generalised Anxiety, Specific Anxieties and Phobias, Sleep Disturbances, Trauma, Substance Misuse
* 2018 Katharine Graves, Royal College of MIdwives Accredited Hypnobirthing Teacher Training; DipHb(KGH)
* 2018 Breast Feeding peer Supporter ~ Royal United Hospital ~ BATH
* 2009 University Of Wales; MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis
* 2006 University Of Wales; BSc Psychology
* Substance Misuse Services
* Early Intervention in psychosis Service
* Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
* Specialist Autism Assessment & Referral Service
* Increased Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
* Special Secondary Education Service