Deaf4Deaf is a Deaf-led and Deaf-owned Confidential and Professional service (launched in June 2016) run by a team of 8 highly Qualified and BACP Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists (mixture of hearing-level 6 BSL and D/deaf).
Victoria Nelson: Managing Director and owner of Deaf4Deaf.
Victoria has been deaf since birth, she grew up in Manchester in a hearing family as one of three siblings. She was educated in a deaf (PHU) unit in a mainstream school. When Victoria was 11 years old she attended a deaf oral residential school in Berkshire. After graduating from university with a honours degree, she travelled the world, experiencing different deaf cultures in various countries. Upon her return to the UK she worked in London, trained as an executive manager in a large London store before deciding to pursue a psychotherapy career.
Training – She was one of the first deaf people to train at Metanoia Institute, Ealing and qualify as a psychotherapeutic counsellor, specialising in Transactional Analysis (TA) psychotherapy. She is currently a member of the disability and equality committee at Metanoia Institute. Victoria works with hearing and deaf clients using a range of communication methods.
Victoria has always wanted to give something back to the deaf community in her professional capacity, as she feels that the area of deaf mental health is a priority.
Deaf4Deaf was born out of frustration that accessible services for deaf people needed to be improved upon.
Watch the video (BSL) Why we set up counselling service Deaf4Deaf: