Trauma-focused psychotherapy in Somerset

About your psychotherapist

Vicki Ritson is an accredited psychotherapist with over 10 years' experience of providing evidence-based psychological treatment to adults aged 16 and over.

Having lived and worked in Ayrshire, Scotland, for nearly 20 years', Vicki relocated to Somerset in 2019 and continues her private practice in Wincanton, formerly Stewarton CBT.

Vicki is a former NHS mental health practitioner. She has worked for a number of charitable organisations and provided educational training to allied health care professionals and corporate clients. She adheres to the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies code of ethical guidelines, ensuring all clients receive a professional and confidential service and receives supervision from an accredited BABCP psychotherapist.

In 2014, Vicki qualified as a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, enabling her to offer an advanced therapeutic service to individuals with specific issues, including phobias, weight management and smoking cessation.

In the same year, she completed a diploma in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing). This has allowed her to specialise in trauma treatment; an area that she gains great fulfillment from and excellent results. She is fully accredited in both of the above therapies by The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council.

Vicki's ethos

'My therapeutic approach is eclectic, in that I believe there is no one therapy that is suitable for all, irrespective of diagnosis or presenting problems. That said, I only provide psychotherapy that has a strong evidence base in recognised mental health care practice. CBT Therapy is one such model; considered to be particularly effective in the management and alleviation of symptoms associated with a number of common difficulties, including depression and anxiety. This model forms the basis of my approach. 

Over the years I have invested in additional training, which has allowed me to offer a broader range of therapies, all of which are widely recognised to be effective in the treatment of more complex and enduring problems, be they personality-based, interpersonal, or as a result of trauma/abuse.

My background in CBT enables me to engage with clients who are looking for a solution-focused problem-solving approach. Clients are encouraged to take an active role in treatment with many keen to carry out agreed tasks between sessions. 

CBT is recognised to be a short- to medium-term psychotherapy, meaning that progress is monitored throughout treatment, with the goal of effecting positive change in a shorter period of time than some other models.

Similarly, Clinical Hypnotherapy and EMDR are relatively short-term therapeutic approaches best suited to clients with deeply ingrained behavioural problems or a history of recent or long-standing trauma.'

Vicki Ritson    
MSc. Psych, Cert. CBT, Dip. Clin. Hyp., Dip. EMDR
Vicki Ritson MSc. Psych, Cert. CBT, Dip. Clin. Hyp., Dip. EMDR

Qualifications and Insurance

Professional Qualifications

2014  -  Diploma in EMDR (accredited practitioner with The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council)

2014  -  Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (accredited practitioner with The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council) reg. no. 6412

2014  -  Certificate in NLP (accredited practitioner with The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council)

2009 -  Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions (COSCA accredited)

2008 -  Masters Degree in Psychology (University of Glasgow)

2000 -  BA. Hons. in Social Anthropology (University of Sussex)

Insurance & Public Liability

Vicki is insured to practice privately with the Psychologist's Protection Society (PPS).

She regularly attends courses to develop her skills for re-accreditation purposes and receives supervision from an accredited BABCP psychotherapist as per professional good practice guidelines.

Professional Experience


In 2011, Vicki worked for the Scottish charity Action on Depression. Her role involved delivering intensive 6-week CBT therapy courses to groups of individuals experiencing anxiety and depression. She also delivered CBT skills-based training to lead employees of voluntary, charitable and corporate organisations.


In 2011, Vicki established a self-help group in East Ayrshire open to anyone experiencing depression. Recruitment of volunteers with personal experience of mental health problems means that the group continues to run to this day.


Vicki was employed by East Ayrshire Primary Care Mental Health Team as a psychotherapist, where her role was to deliver CBT self-help strategies and psychological support to adults living in the catchment area. She was based in GP surgeries and community resource centres.

Mindfulness community courses

In 2013, Vicki ran her first 8-week Mindfulness meditation course in her local town of Stewarton. Attendance was such that further courses were run over the next few years. An informal offshoot of this group was set-up to run on a monthly basis and continues to date.


Towards the end of her Master's degree in Psychology, Vicki had a poster presentation accepted by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This was based on her final dissertation findings and was included in the BABCP annual conference in 2008. 

She has also worked in a consultancy capacity for The Institute for Health and Wellbeing at University of Glasgow


Prior to embarking on a career in psychology, Vicki worked in various industries including the corporate, financial and public sector.

Peer reviews

Catherine Eadie
Mental Health & Wellbeing at Work Consultant

“Vicki has an amazing understanding and awareness of a whole range of mental health conditions and associated difficulties. She is a gifted, experienced professional, maintaining boundaries while also being compassionate, understanding and empathetic. Vicki’s enthusiasm is infectious and she provides utmost dedication to everything she does. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Vicki as her clients are her utmost priority when providing CBT and helping people towards their goals.”

Carol Ettershank
Museums and Institutions Professional

“Vicki is an experienced CBT psychotherapist. She is an excellent communicator, with a natural ability to motivate and inspire others. Vicki is reliable and professional in her approach to her work and it is always a pleasure to work with her.”

Felicity Tyson
Child & adolescent psychotherapist in doctoral training, NHS Tavistock & Portman & the Brent Centre for Young People

“Vicki Ritson is a very committed, measured, thoughtful therapist and a calm, positive, warm human being. She has an incredible ability to listen, remain calm under pressure and support others to feel safe, thought about and understood. Her non-judgemental, open, well-informed and thoughtful approach to therapy are real assets to her work with individuals and teams alike.”

Joanne Hannah
Commercialisation Consultant and Coach

“I worked with Vicki at Action on Depression and I found her to be a fantastic team player and a huge support to colleagues especially during a period of change. She is warm, empathic, caring and a fantastic psychotherapist.”

Janice Hamilton
Reiki Master Teacher / Massage Therapist

“Vicki is a very experienced, caring therapist who really listens to what her clients say. No matter what your problem, I would recommend you contact Vicki and she’ll help and guide you through any difficulties you may be having with a constructive and supportive plan."