About us

Vicki Hastings - Clinical Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Vicki Hastings was born in South Africa, but emigrated to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia then) at the age of 4.  In 2005 the political problems there forced an emigration to the land of her mother, Britain.  

Primary schooling took place at St Christopher’s School, Gwanda, Zimbabwe, secondary at Kingsmead College, Johannesburg, South Africa and tertiary in South Africa at Rhodes University and the University of South Africa.

Her career started in the accountancy field eventually running her own accounting practice.  A love for psychology and experience with the police and military, prompted her return to university and she emerged with a first class degree (and academic colours) as a psychologist!

Working in private practice and with Falcon College where she was Head of the Counselling Department and also working with secondary schoolboys, teachers, the general public and, latterly, with victims of torture.

After arriving in the UK she joined Cumbria Constabulary as Trauma Manager where she worked, coupled with a private practice, until 2012.  During this time she was awarded the British Association of Women Police Healthcare award and the International Association of Women in Police Civilian award in 2010 for work in trauma with the Constabulary and for setting up a Trauma Risk Management Programme.

Now she devotes all her energies to the Cumbria Stress and Trauma Centre, using the skills learned over the years.

Vicki has extensive experience with a wide range of organisations and individual clients

Vicki is registered with:

  • Health and Care Professions Council (prev. Health Professions Council)
  • British Psychological Society
  • European Therapy Studies Institute
  • Human Givens Institute
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  •  Vicki employs evidence based practices from
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution-focused Therapy
  • Human Givens Therapy
  • Brief therapies
  • EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing)

Collaboration between the Cumbria Stress and Trauma Centre and Craig Betton has resulted in a number of TRiM training courses being delivered across the country empowering organisations to take a pro-active approach to employee well-being through peer engagement.