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Inspired Health. Unit 3,
Reeds Farm Estate, Roxwell Road

07931 440335

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Hello, my name is Viv, my main focus of therapy is Empowerment, for clients to take control of their lives. I have been in practice for over 19 yrs. I offer a thirty minute assessment at £30, for you to see if this style of therapy is what you are looking for. I also offer the increasingly popular Skype.

Confidentiality I adhere to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) code of ethics.

The counselling sessions take place in professional, private and comfortable surroundings on a one-to-one basis. I work with my clients, exploring personal concerns to find ways to resolve or manage them, in an open, non-judgmental manner, whether the issues are current or throughout your life including childhood.

I am an empowerment and integrative therapist working with a variety of therapy models. Below are some of the statements clients have put to me, if you feel you are identifying with any perhaps you would like to give me a call.

I feel so depressed
I feel so anxious
Why would anyone want to listen to me?

I have panic attacks
I feel so stressed

I don't have any confidence

I feel so alone, invisible?
Why do my relationships always go wrong?
I feel so bad about myself
Why can't I feel happy?
I have an addiction to gambling/porn

Why do I find it so hard to trust?
Why can't I stand up for myself?
Why do I hate the way I look?
Why do I feel so guilty?

I am having problems with my spouse/partner
My spouse/partner or other beats me and abuses me
Why are my moods up and down?
Why do I have low self esteem?
Why do I feel so angry?

I have Fibromyalgia
I have BPD borderline personality disorder
I have OCD obsessive compulsive disorder


I have just been diagnosed


I was at a low point feeling very lost and searching for a bit more purpose and focus in my life when a friend suggested I talk to someone and recommended Viv. After an initial consultation, I started to work with Viv and she helped me to stop going in circles and pinpoint what was holding me back and what I wanted to do going forward. It has made a huge difference in my life and friends/ colleagues have commented that I seem so much happier and more settled since going through the empowerment programme. It hasn’t been a magic, quick fix to resolve all of my issues, in a way it has been better than that as it has given me more self- awareness and tools to notice when I am slipping into negative patterns or letting my fears get the better of me. This is amazingly helpful and something I hope to keep doing whenever I struggle in the future. I’d recommend Viv to anyone, she’s very good at reading people and tailoring her approach to what is right and will help you most.




Viv brought me back from the brink, I was existing not living, I couldn't function life was numb I was there but not there. I had no confidence I couldn't concentrate the lights were on but no one was home. Through empowerment I can hear the birds sing, Hear the breeze through the trees, hear my children laugh, see my wife smile communicate my feelings with out breaking down, coping with difficult situations. There's still a long way to go but instead of giving up on life I can embrace it and be apart of it. Thank you Viv.

Tim Chelmsford


Thank you so much Viv I now get empowerment - it has changed my life into what I never dreamed was possible - I now understand what it means to be my own person - to not go along with everyone else - but to ask myself what do I want - you were so patient - and no matter how many times I spoke about the same topic - you helped me to look at it from a different angle - I felt so comfortable working with you from day one - you never judged me - so easy to talk to and I will miss our sessions - but I am fine now and looking forward to my future and discovering this person who was always there - but I had forgotten about.- I would highly recommend Viv

Tabitha Chelmsford


Viv was recommended to me by a business colleague, she has a lot of experience in the business world and asks excellent and focused questions. I would highly recommend Viv.

Johnathan London


After having spent the majority of my childhood being bullied by peers and people close to me, I went through my life in self-denial, taking on everyone else's problems. After a broken relationship, I became very depressed and relived a lot of my past experiences. I came to the Counselling Directory to find a Counsellor close to my home and I found Viv.
Viv has helped me to completely turn my life around - I have gone from a painfully shy, self-effacing woman to someone who now knows the value of herself and who is now living her life for herself. Viv has taught me that the past can be dealt with and dealing with it gives you strength and clarity. Making contact with my counsellor was the best decision that I have ever made and I would recommend Viv to anyone.

Emma Maldon


I was in search of a Counsellor near to my home.  I didn't really know what to expect as I had seen others in the past and felt that their styles of counselling wasn't moving me forward.  On meeting Viv, I knew that I had found a Counsellor that would really help me.  At the outset she explained the methods of counselling she would be using and although I was apprehensive at first about facing my issues head on, the work that Viv did with me fully prepared me for things I never thought I would be capable of achieving.  I have so much to thank her for – I have become a much stronger person who has faced her fears.  I feel euphoric and am now able to move forward with my life and put the past behind me.

Helen Chelmsford


Looking for a Counsellor I was drawn to viv's profile. At the first session, Viv explained to me exactly what I could expect from counselling. I didn't know what to do with my anger it was ruining my life and relationships, I hated the world and everyone in it. Viv has an uncanny intuition, she opened up a completely different side to me I had never known. It was hard work and I had to be honest with myself, but it changed my life for the better, the work Viv did with me saved my marriage and even improved my business, and I can never thank Viv enough for helping me.

Paul Chelmsford


I wish i had done this years ago, i wasted so long telling myself i could cope, then someone recommended Viv. I even put off telephoning her for weeks because i didn't think anyone could help me with my depression, stress and anxiety. Viv is so easy to talk to and each week i learnt more about myself and began to see the old me leaving and the true me emerging. I didn't know anything about empowerment therapy - but Viv explained it to me so i always felt in control. I have made changes to how i see my life today compared to how i did - and gone further than i ever thought i could in both my career choices and relationships - this was the best investment i have ever made.

Joanne Chelmsford/London

Face to face counselling £55 per counselling hour 50mins, Monday, and Thursday, please contact me for times and availability.

Sky therapy flexible times available.



Absolutely fabulous read! Really interesting and could relate to a lot of the story's and really makes you think about how you're in control of your life, and if not how to get control back. Really enjoyed it.


Inspiring, thought provoking and empowering! Love reading this book written by a talented and experienced therapist. It is something that I can read over and over again and will take something different from it each time. Looking forward to the next book!


Thank you Viv for this gift of a book! Empowerment therapy has truly changed my life and the 49 tools within the book serve as a great reminder, helping me to refocus when I deviate from my path.
This book is thought provoking, helps to gain clarity and insight into the self, whilst really enabling you to focus on the importance of taking care of you and getting the most out of your life.
I have recommended 49 tools to friends and family, and whilst reading considered many people in my life that I feel could benefit from reading it. Empowerment is for everyone and should be shared and shouted about! I can't recommend it enough.
I know I will read this book over and over, it's easy to navigate and boosted my positivity no end as I am reminded of how far I have come and where I am headed.
I look forward to the second in the series as I continue on my empowerment journey.


When you are looking for help and nothing seems forthcoming, you need assistance to focus upon the importance of living and how to attain emotional peace and strength then I've found the 49 tools is the book to keep by the bed. In the depth of night when hopelessness stops the sleep from coming, and I've browsed every handy kitchen gadget available on the internet, I've found solace in the easy to read positivity of this book, then in the morning my nights pick of the 49 tools, (emotional not gadgetry!), are there, ready to pick up and use in day to day living! It's like magic!! All the kitchen gadgets arrive a week later and I wonder what I was thinking when I ordered them!! Seriously for me at least the authors approach seems to really work, I hope it would for you too as anyone seeking assistance of this nature has my heartfelt compassion. Long live positivity and empowerment.


Thank you Viv for your insights. Reading your book has been a life changer. Everyone should read it at least once, but I suspect they will find, as did I, that you will do so and keep doing so as you continue to develop your skills and self awareness. It was so good that I donated my copy to a friend and bought a second copy. In my view, Empowerment Book of Forty Nine Tools should be made part of the school curriculum.

Training, qualifications & experience

Integrative Counselling, Anglia Ruskin University

Empowerment book of forty nine tools (author) Amazon

Couples Counselling Tavistock London (I currently only work one to one)


Bipolar Disorder/Manic depression

Borderline personality disorder (BPD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Autism spectrum (AS) and Aspergers

Solution focused therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques

Anger management group work

Empowerment workshops

Congnitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) workshops

MIND Colchester

Improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT)

Member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. (MBACP) (Accred)

Private practice

Ongoing continual professional development (CPD)

Monthly Supervision

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Self empowerment therapy, get your life back, possibly for the first time, ask yourself, what do I want, and what would make me happy.

I also work within Carl Jung theory of psychological personality types namely:
Extroverted vs. Introverted
Sensing vs. Intuition
Thinking vs. Feeling
Also Isabel Briggs Myers fourth dichotomy influencing personality type:
Judging vs. Perceiving


Chelmsford - face to face £55 per counselling hour which is 50 minutes - Monday and Thursday. The fee includes room fee and reflects on my many years experience.

Skype therapy appointment flexible times available.

The number of sessions required are at the discretion of the client.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to contact me via my e-mail if you require any further information.


Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM1 3ST

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: German


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Monday and Thursday face to face. Also offering Skype...flexible times available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme