About Dr. Victoria Harris
MA, BSc, Cert. Child Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma Humanistic & Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
I am a trauma informed humanistic & integrative psychotherapist who specialises in working with creative techniques for emotional healing. Creative techniques may or may not include words, such as using metaphor, symbol, and story.
As a child I struggled with my emotions, and as I grew I became more and more interested in emotional well-being. So I studied for a BSc in psychology and an MA in psychoanalytic theory and eventually trained as a psychotherapist at Dublin City University. In my clinical work I found creative techniques could be used as a tool for greater connection and healing.
I’ve trained in child psychotherapy, children and loss, and play therapy. And as a yoga instructor, which has been useful in teaching me valuable skills for connecting to self. Then when I studied as a doctoral student, 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 many settings such as psychiatric, family services, low-cost, school and private practice. I work with children and parents to help gain insight into needs, confidence in navigating the inner world, and foster greater self-compassion.
I always wrote stories and used art as a way to express and process my feelings growing up. As a child living in the New Forest, I would play in nature and live in a magical world. Not much has changed!
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.
Having studied psychology since school, I’ve always had a passion for understanding mental health and emotional well-being. I’ve had many adventures on my own journey. I trained in yoga and meditation, and maintain a strong passion for body and breathwork which I use in my practice, and which are a theme in my books. I live in Dublin, Ireland with my husband, two children, a dog and two rabbits. 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
Areas of Expertise
I work with children from 3yrs to young adults. Using imaginative tools such as symbols, metaphor, art & crafts, play, story, and role-play. For emotional difficulties or life challenges including such issues as divorce, loss, anxiety, and trauma. For younger children, I use play therapy and for older children and adolescents I may use creative techniques to facilitate therapy depending on the needs of the child.
I offer parental coaching via zoom to support parents with their child’s emotional well-being, and help a parent be the parent they want to be, and who can best support their child.