Vivienne Peak-Payne MBACP Registered, PG Dip Counselling
Feeling stuck in old patterns? Needing a space to explore something in the past or present which is affecting you now? I am a professionally qualified counsellor with over twenty years experience working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Many people find it helpful to talk to a counsellor who is outside of their network of family or friends, where they can explore - in a confidential and relaxed setting - difficult issues with someone who is professionally trained to work in this way.
I have worked with people to address a wide range of issues, for example:
- a crisis or a particular problem eg bereavement, loss, stress, depression, anxiety or work-related issues
- difficulties in how well we feel we are connecting with others, whether partners, family or colleagues. This can undermine our confidence, or give rise to feelings of isolation or low self-esteem or confidence
- wanting to explore long standing issues, or why unhelpful patterns seem to repeat, or similar issues reoccur in your life
- To deal with something from the past (or present), such as trauma or abuse – which still affects your adult life
I will support you to explore difficult feelings, thoughts and/or behaviours you may be experiencing, to help deepen your self-understanding, raise awareness and identify ways of working towards healthy change.
I offer an initial session at a reduced fee, which provides an opportunity for us to talk about what has prompted you to come, and for you to get a sense of how I might work with you. Following this, if we decide to work together, we would usually agree to meet for a number of sessions with a review to see how things are going. I offer short or longer term counselling depending on what you want to achieve and what kind of difficulties you are facing.
My approach to therapy is humanistic and integrative; I draw upon different models of therapy (for example, psychodynamic, gestalt, cognitive behavioural and existential models), integrating ways of working which I believe will be helpful for you. I am flexible and creative in my approach, and aim to work collaboratively so that you feel comfortable and in control of what you talk about.
I work from my practice in Westbury Park (BS6) which is tranquil and private, with easy access to bus routes and unrestricted street parking.
I work with individuals - young people and adults and also provide supervision for other therapists.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. All my work is professionally supervised.
Training, qualifications & experience
Along with my private practice I have experience of working as a counsellor in a variety of organisational settings over the last eighteen years – initially working in youth counselling organisations in the voluntary sector, and university student counselling services in Bristol. Subsequently I have worked for Mind, the YWCA, the South West Adoption Network (SWAN), and Platform 51 counselling young people. Currently I supervise Bereavement Support Workers for Cruse Bereavement Care, in addition to my private practice.
Post Graduate Diploma & Certificate in Counselling (University of Bristol)
Supervision training modules with Bristol University and Cruse Bereavement Care
BA English (Hons) University of Exeter
Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate NVQ Level 3
Analytic Groupwork Training – Group Analytic Network West
Modular - Working with Young Parents – Anna Freud Centre
I have a strong interest in pursuing my personal and professional development. I am a member of the Bristol Psychotherapy Association (BPA) and Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP) and attend lectures and workshops organised by them and other training organisations regularly. I am interested in yoga and meditation practices and in working with the body to improve relaxation and well being.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have indepth experience working with parenting issues, relationships within the family and young people.
£45 per 50 minute session
I offer an initial, one hour consultation at a reduced rate of £20, where we can meet and you can gain a sense of how we might work together.
I offer a limited number of lower cost places for those on low incomes and counsellors in training.
If you feel I can be of help or if you have any other queries, do give me a call or drop me an email.
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