Dr. Victoria Harris

About Dr. Victoria Harris

DPsych
MA, BSc, Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Cert. Child Psychotherapy, Cert. Children & Loss

My Story

Doctor of Psychotherapy and Children’s Author

I trained in integrative psychotherapy and specialised in working with creative techniques. Creative techniques may or may not include words, such as using metaphor, symbol, and story.  I have a BSc in psychology and an MA in psychoanalytic theory and trained as a psychotherapist at Dublin City University. I’ve trained in child psychotherapy, children and loss, play therapy and filial therapy. And as a yoga instructor. When I studied as a doctoral student at Dublin City University I researched the use of creative techniques in psychotherapy. Finding support that such techniques hold the power to unlock insight. I began writing therapeutic stories to help reach more children, and support parents in helping their child navigate all emotions. I’ve worked in psychiatric, forensic, family, low-cost and school services as well as in private practice.

Stories

The stories I write use metaphor and the ‘hero’s journey’ to help children process all feelings and emotions. When a child reads a story with similar themes that resonate with their experience, it can be healing. It can provide parents with a vehicle to support their child, as talking about a character or plot can feel safer to the child than direct questions.

I live in Dublin, Ireland with my husband, two children and dog. But my home in the beautiful, rugged landscape of West Cork with its rich history of folklore, inspires my writing. You’ll find me there searching for a door to the Otherworld…

"It's always the right time to work on yourself"

Dr. Victoria Harris