Vivienne Joy Whitehead
01733 235254 / 07773 879410
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Working within two private practices, one at my home and one in a counselling practice in the City Centre, I offer a professional and confidential service for short or long term therapy.
A safe and confidential environment is provided for my clients so we can work together to help you achieve your full potential. I have worked as a fully qualified counsellor since 2008. I offer counselling to both adults and children.
Each session lasts one hour. Short term counselling sessions usually last for six weeks or can be long term depending on the needs of the client.
My seven years of study, and six years of counselling in the voluntary sector and private practice, has given me invaluable experience to work with a wide variety of presenting problems.
Gaining insight into underlying conflicts can bring about a deeper insight from where change can happen. Change is a process and I work within a variety of approaches depending on your own unique needs. I work integratively - establishing from our first session how you would like the sessions to be run. My sessions are tailored so they are right for what you need.
Counselling is a joint commitment between client and counsellor, and by building a strong relationship, positive changes can be achieved.
I have gained valuable experience working for 6 years at Women's Aid counselling women who have been subjected to domestic violence and abuse. I have also worked within a school setting, counselling young people between the ages of 16 and 25. I also counsel male and female clients within my own private practice, with a wide variety of presenting issues.
I offer day and evening appointments. My professional membership is with the BACP and I work within their Ethical Principles and Guidelines.
Please note, I only specialise is one to one work with clients.
I look forward to being of service to you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered counsellor/psychotherapist with the BACP
Second Class (Upper) Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Foundation Degree in Counselling
NCFE Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Counselling Skills and Theory
I work with a variety of emotional issues, such as:
- Adjusting to losses such as bereavement, job loss and relationship loss through divorce or separation but also complex grief when you feel stuck
- Problems with forming and sustaining relationships; relationships which are destructive and understanding repeating patterns of unsatisfactory relationships
- Family conflict
- Feeling depressed, low mood and sadness
- Spiritual life
- Issues around sexuality
- Stress and anxiety within daily living including difficulties in work
- Looking for a new direction or change
- Working through unresolved past difficulties
- Coping with a serious illness
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£40.00 per session.
Your first session will be an initial assessment session; this will be for 1 hour. The session will give us the opportunity to discuss what issues have brought you to counselling and what your expectations of counselling are. We will look at the contract and you will have an opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. Choosing a counsellor is an important step and this will give you the chance to decide if you are happy to work with me. If we both feel we can work together, then we can arrange weekly sessions (recommended for continuity and consistency). Each therapy session lasts 50 minutes. If you require a different frequency of sessions, other than weekly, this can be discussed at the assessment session. It is also important to say if you have any concerns about your counselling sessions with me as it needs to feel right for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.00 am - 7.00 pm Tuesday to Friday. Saturday mornings by prior arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|