About Ryan Vigor-Justin mbacp
Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor & Lead Clinician
How can you help me?
I want to help you feel less alone. You deserve to discover your strength and your happiness. It is possible to be fulfilled in your relationships. Together, we will increase your confidence in your ability to successfully manage your life, your relationships and yourself.
And whatever your age, gender, sexual identity or background, it’s my promise that you will always feel welcome here.
I know what it’s like to try to control the outer world through endless schedules and to-do lists, to power through, to live on auto-pilot. To ignore long-held family stories that influence how you show up in the world. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
In my practice, I specialise in providing therapy to men, women, young adults and couples. Whilst I specialise in supporting clients with substance misuse, anxiety and depression, bereavement and loss and difficulties surrounding gender and sexuality, I also help with a wide variety of difficulties. Everything from, terminal illness, low self-esteem, loneliness and isolation and everything in between.
I am committed to helping my clients stop suffering in silence and not only learn how to navigate the complexities of everyday life but find ways to thrive in their experience rather than just survive it.
Why did you become a therapist?
I always wanted to do something that helped those around me. Ever since I was a child, people have been sharing their stories. I believe that everyone deserves to feel loved, accepted, content, confident, and fulfilled not only in their relationship with others but also with themselves. And that everyone, no matter their life circumstances, can heal and grow.
Most of all, I believe that anyone has the ability to not just survive in life, but to thrive.
Why did you choose to specialise in these areas?
My own experiences and struggles have deeply impacted me personally and as a therapist. I have a deep and intimate understanding of the emotions and challenges associated with addiction, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and also with sexuality and identity. I also know that struggling with these issues can be an isolating experience. It is important that anyone going through these difficulties have the support needed and I am dedicated to providing this in my practice.
What is your experience?
For many years, I have worked with women, men, adolescents, young adults and couples in a wide range of settings, including: community mental health charities, local cancer charities, private rehab centres and local children's services. I also work alongside Judith Sullivan and Associates in Leicestershire and Clarity Well-Being Clinic, North Warwickshire. Every one of these experiences has shaped me into the therapist I am today. In addition, my personal experiences have deeply impacted the insight I am able to bring to my work and my clients.
As a result, I understand what it feels like to have to overcome really hard things. I know what it feels like to have to manage difficult relationships, deal with loss, navigate major life transitions and cope with the overwhelming sensation of day to day stress. And I can relate to the pain and frustration that comes with addiction, bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression as well as sexuality and identity difficulties. It is hard to do these things alone.
What can I expect?
I offer online and telephone appointments only.
Okay, what about your formal training?
Formal education and training is really important. Here's some of mine:
Full-time Psychotherapy degree, Blackburn University.
AWARD: Distinction, equivalent to a 1st class degree.
• Person-Centred Therapy
• Brief Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Solution Focused Therapy
• Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
• Motivation Interviewing (MI).
2015 Introduction to Cancer, Survivorship, Loss & Bereavement
2016 Dementia Awareness (DMU)
2017 BACP Proficiency Exam
2018 Essential Supervision Skills
BACP Accredited Register Member
"Ryan was absolutely fantastic. Can't speak highly enough of him. He helped me through what was a tough time and always knew what to say and how to help. Very conscientious and inviting."
"The sessions that I have had over 8 months have been so valuable to me and Ryan has really helped me to tackle my anxiety with work and day to day events. His warm and friendly nature was what I needed and I never felt judged with anything that was discussed which was really important for me. I would recommend anyone having difficulties to contact Ryan for support/help."
"I put off counselling for such a long time. I knew I needed it but it seemed really scary. A friend had gone through counselling with Ryan and highly recommended him. For months I did nothing about it but one day I picked up the phone and looking back I should have done it months ago! For the first time in a very long time I actually felt heard"
"Ryan is a warm & caring person who helps you to feel relaxed quickly which is important for counselling to work. He has created a safe space where he does not pass judgement and this makes it easier to begin to face your demons and hopefully conquer them."
"No words could ever thank you for all your support over the past year"
"I've gone from drinking every night to being sober for 93 days. Thank you Ryan"
"Ryan was perfect in the role and prompted me to look at things I hadn't considered. He also showed empathy towards my issues and said a great number of things which resonated with me and led me to explore things I hadn't considered. I would highly recommend Ryan to whoever might need it"
"Initially I felt embarrassed about even needing therapy but Ryan changed all that. In fact I would go as far as to say I look forward to my sessions every week because it gives me the chance talk freely and know I'm being listened to. I leave therapy after a few months leaving stronger and more confident"