Hi! I'm Dr. Victoria Galbraith
Dr. Victoria Galbraith is a psychologist, writer, trainer, editor, author, researcher and mindfulness facilitator/ teacher. She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow, and Coaching Psychologist. She has a private independent practice providing psychological therapy, coaching psychology and consultancy; and is also Registrar for the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology, formerly Programme Director and Senior Lecturer for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. She holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and is a mindfulness teacher, having trained with Breathworks (Mindfulness for Health and Stress) and Bangor University's Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP). Dr. Victoria is registered as a mental health care provider with most of the major health insurance companies, including BUPA, AXA, Aviva. She receives self-referrals as well as those from other health professionals (GPs, Psychiatrists), legal companies, and various organisations.
As well as working psychotherapeutically with adults and children, Dr. Victoria works with a range of organisations in various capacities, from assessing psychological wellness in individuals involved in high-risk/high-stress positions to reviewing psychological wellbeing provision within corporate organisations to research with household brands. For further information on this, please see Consultancy. Dr Galbraith has been highly vetted and holds Security Check (SC) clearance. She has a specific interest in supporting the security industry, law enforcement, emergency and military services and has experience of working within this sector. She also holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Forensic Psychology.
Dr. Victoria is involved in the work of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Counselling Psychology and, until recently, served the BPS Training Committee for Counselling Psychology. This included convening and chairing accreditation panels for Professional Doctorates in Counselling Psychology as a member of the Partnership in Accreditation team. She is passionate about promoting the field of Counselling Psychology and also to destigmatising mental health conditions; and therefore contributes to written, broadcast and social media (examples of her academic contributions can be found below). Dr Victoria delivered the Keynote Public Address at the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference in Cardiff, July 2013 and co-edited the 4th edition of the Handbook of Counselling Psychology (published by Sage in March, 2016). She has recently completed editing 'Topics in Applied Psychology: Counselling Psychology' published by Routledge in 2017.
Dr. Victoria's therapeutic work includes providing psychological therapy for psychological difficulties such as anxiety disorders (including panic, OCD), depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); the effects of childhood sexual abuse; relationship breakdown; domestic violence; and self-esteem issues. However, she also works with individuals without any specific difficulties who are interested in their own personal development and growth. She predominantly works with adults and adolescents, whereby she builds a collaborative relationship, with the aim of exploring underlying issues to empower individuals to consider change.
As a Counselling Psychologist, Dr. Victoria's aim is to assist individuals to make decisions for themselves , to improve their sense of personal wellbeing and to alleviate distress. Her work is concerned with the application of psychological theories and techniques to help people deal with everyday problems associated with life events.
Representative Academic Publications:
Galbraith, N. D., Boyda, D., McFeeters, D., & Galbraith, V. (in press). Patterns of occupational stress in police contact and dispatch personnel: Implications for physical and psychological health. International archives of occupational and environmental health.
Galbraith, V., Bull, R., & Galbraith, N. D. (in prep.). Police officers’ attitudes to mental health and help-seeking. Being prepared for Occupational Medicine.
James, P. & Galbraith, V. (2020). (Eds). Special Edition: The Qualification in Counselling Psychology, Counselling Psychology Review, 35 (1),
Galbraith, N. D.,Moss, T., Galbraith, V., & Purewal, S. (2018).A systematic review of the traits and cognitions associated with use of and belief in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Psychology, Health & Medicine, 23, 854-869. IF: 1.50. ISSN: 1354-850.
Galbraith, V. (2017). Topics in Applied Psychology: Counselling Psychology. London:Routledge.
Vogel, D.L, Heath, P. J., Engel, K., Brenner, R. E. Strass, H. A., Al-Darmaki, F. R., Armstrong, P. I., Galbraith, N., Galbraith, V., Gonçalves, M., Baptista, M. N., Liao, H-Y., Mackenzie, C., Mak, W. W. S., Topkaya, N., Rubin, M., Zlati, A. (2017). Cross-Cultural Validation of the Perceptions of Stigmatization by Others for Seeking Help (PSOSH) Scale. Stigma and Health. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000119. ISSN: 2376-6972
Douglas, B., Woolfe, R., Strawbridge, S., Kasket, E. & Galbraith, V. (Eds). (2016). Handbook of Counselling Psychology (4th ed). London: Sage.
Galbraith, V. (2016). Engaging with Training and Academia. In B. Douglas, R. Woolfe, S. Strawbridge, E. Kasket & V. Galbraith (Eds). Handbook of Counselling Psychology (4th ed). London: Sage.
Galbraith, V. (2016). Developing Resilience and Self-Care. In B. Douglas, R. Woolfe, S. Strawbridge, E. Kasket & V. Galbraith (Eds). Handbook of Counselling Psychology (4th ed). London: Sage.
Galbraith, V. Plass, M. & Kasket, E. (2015). SEAcotherapy: A review of evidence towards a potential context for therapeutic work. BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Harrogate, July.
Eshareturi, C., Serrant-Green, L., Galbraith, V. E. & Glynn, M. (2015). Silence of a scream: Application of The Silences Framework to provision of nurse led interventions for ex-offenders. Journal of Research in Nursing. 20 (3) 218-231.
Eshareturi C, Serrant-Green L, Bayliss-Pratt L, Galbraith V: (2014). The case for nurses as central providers of health and social care services for ex-offenders: a discussion paper. Journal of Advanced Nursing; 70(5):1030-9.
Galbraith, N. D., Morgan, C. J., Jones, C. L., Ormerod, D. R., Galbraith, V. E., & Manktelow, K. I. (2014, June 16). The Mediating Effect of Affect: Different Pathways From Self and Other Schemas to Persecutory Ideation. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 46 (4), 497-505.
Galbraith, V. E. (2013). The Pride and Identity of the Red Dragon (Y Ddraig Goch): Suit of armour or Double-edged sword? Invited Keynote Public Lecture, BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff, 13th July 2013.
Bernard, C., Galbraith, V. E. & Darby, R. (2013). An exploration into the experiences of police interviewing on female rape victims. Poster presented at Society for Psychotherapy UK Chapter Conference, September 2013.
Buchan, C. Galbraith, V. E., & Carey, T. C. (2013). An interpretative phenomenological analysis investigation into men’s experience of psychological change without psychotherapy. Poster presented at BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff, July 2013.
Smith, S. & Galbraith, V. E. (2013). Conflict with the Clock: Psychotherapeutic practitioners’ experiences of the 50-minute Therapeutic Hour. Poster presented at BPS Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Cardiff, July 2013.
Galbraith, V. E., & Galbraith, N. D. (2008). Should we be doing more to reduce stigma? Counselling Psychology Review, 23, (4) 53-61.
Galbraith, V. E. & Hart, N. (2007). Personal Development Groups in Counselling Psychology Training: The case for further research. Counselling Psychology Review, 22 (4), 49-57.