Vicky Mould: Lead trainer and tutor
I'm Vicky, and I am the lead trainer and tutor for the courses. I am also the founder and owner of Acorn Wells. I have felt a deep connection to the person-centred approach for over 18 years, and it's a way of being that I value in all my relationships.
I maintain an established counselling practice in Eastleigh, with a specialist interest in bereavement and loss, mental health, self-esteem and relationship issues. My background is in the public and charity sector, and I bring a lot of this experience to my counselling and training work.
Karen Prouton: Course Interviewer
I'm Karen, and I assist in the interview and selection process for the Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Skills & Studies. I also maintain an established counselling practice in Eastleigh, with a specialist interest in learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.
I am a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Tutor, and have provided courses for the general public, NHS staff, and professionals. My background is in the NHS, having worked in a multi-disciplinary learning disabilities team for the past 17 years.
Why train with us?
Meeting with the lead trainer/tutor: We offer all prospective learners and students the opportunity to meet with the lead trainer/tutor prior to enrolling on or applying for a course. This meeting will enable you to get a sense of who we are, ask any questions you may have, and take a look around our training centre.
Course design: Our counselling skills training programme is firmly grounded in passion, creativity, flexibility, and solid experience of the person-centred approach. The person-centred 'core conditions' are given equal attention, which is rare on Certificate level courses.
Learning: Our courses include activities that have been uniquely designed to reflect the qualities and skills of the person-centred helper, which can enable you to really assimilate your learning, and develop a sound understanding of the approach.
Course delivery: We are the only Eastleigh-based independent provider of counselling skills courses, and our training centre is easily accessible from Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth. We are able to offer a rich learning experience that is equal to other good counselling skills courses, yet also unique in terms of its delivery.
Training programme and ethical standards
We facilitate the learning and development of one counselling approach, and we feel this promotes understanding, consistency, competent and ethical practice.
We regard the person-centred approach as relevant in an ever-changing world, and with its emphasis on flexibility and creativity, it enables learners and students to develop their own interpersonal style.
We adhere to the National Counselling Society's Code of Ethical Practice, and students registered on the Certificate course will explore the ethics that are relevant to the use of counselling skills.
Philosophy and core values
The person-centred approach is based in a philosophy about people and human relationships, and this philosophy is something we genuinely live by (both in and beyond the training room).
We hold a fundamental belief that everyone has the potential to grow and change, and we seek to create an environment where learners and students recognise and value their own and others’ potential.
Trust and respect: We value an environment that is based in mutual trust and respect, and we believe this is fundamental to developing meaningful relationships with others. We regard respect as a basic human need, and we are committed to respecting others.
Openness: We value an environment that is based in open communication, and where everyone can share feelings, ideas and experiences in a respectful way. We encourage everyone to be open to new experiences and personal development.
Acceptance: We value an environment that is both welcoming and inclusive, and where everyone can be themselves without judgement or criticism. We hold a fundamental belief in other peoples’ worth and potential, and we are committed to valuing others.
Curiosity and creativity: We value an environment that is based in a desire to learn about ourselves, and from each other. We value fun, imagination, and self-expression through different methods, and we believe this brings a richness to learning and to life.