Vivienne Thorneycroft-Smith,MBACP(Snr.Accred), BACP Registered
Considering counselling can be daunting, but, even by just considering it, you are taking a positive step. You may have relationship difficulties at home or in the workplace, or be going through a difficult period in your life. You may have suffered a loss, faced a life crisis, or experienced panic attacks or anxiety. You may want to explore past experiences, consider new options, change the patterns in your life and really reach your true potential. This may well be the time when you need to speak to someone other than friends or family. Counselling can help you to gain clarity and untangle complex personal issues. I can offer a warm, accepting and safe place in which to explore any of these concerns ... if you are ready to take that first small step.
I am a fully qualified and BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with 15 years wide-ranging experience, which has proved to be effective and successful, in short-term and long-term therapy. I have a private practice in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, five minutes from the M40 and within easy reach of Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex and London. There is ample and secure parking in a private road.
What can I offer you?
* A safe, valuing, calm environment where you will never be judged.
* Help to explore problems and to identify changes you may wish to make.
* A respect for the individual: for me, every client is unique.
* Confidentiality - of paramount importance in the counselling and therapeutic relationship
* I may also offer ideas which may help you to change the way you think or act, or change life patterns or habits.
* When working with Couples in conflict, I have found that having a safe and neutral setting enables couples to communicate more freely and reach a better understanding of each other.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Counselling, achieved BACP Accreditation in 2005, Senior Accreditation in 2011, am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and hold a Certificate in Post-Compulsory Training & Education.
Prior to embarking on a Counselling career, I worked in London, New York and Chicago in Public Relations, so have always been very much a "people-person". I am happily married with grown-up sons, and have a good understanding of teenagers and teenage problems, having worked in schools in a voluntary capacity.
I spent 3 years working on an Eating Disorders Helpline and maintain a great interest in this subject, facilitating workshops for counsellors and schools.
I taught Counselling for seven years in a Further Education College, at all three levels: Concepts, Skills and Diploma, and continue to facilitate workshops for Counselling Agencies and student counsellors.
Continuing Personal and Professional Development features strongly in my worklife, and I pursue a wide variety of eclectic interests: always striving to broaden my horizons.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling and Mentoring Students studying Counselling. Transcultural counselling, having worked with many clients from various cultures and backgrounds.
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My fees are £50 for a 60 minute one-to-one counselling session (negotiable fees for counselling students) and £50 for a 60 minute or £70 for a 90 minute Couples counselling session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|