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I am now offering face-to-face counselling, as well as online therapy via FaceTime or Skype.

We have all been through such unprecedented times, and even now, life is far from “normal”, leaving many people feeling very anxious and unsettled. If you are experiencing anxiety or panic attacks, have relationship difficulties,, or be going through an especially difficult period in your life: bereavement, separation, or redundancy/furlough. You may have suffered a loss, faced a life crisis, or have low self esteem. You may want to explore past experiences, consider new options, change the patterns in your life and really reach your true potential. This is the time when you need to speak to someone other than friends or family, someone who will never judge you. I can offer you a warm, accepting and safe place in which to explore any of these issues.

I am a fully qualified and BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist with 20 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.

I can provide:
* A safe, valuing, calm environment where you will never be judged.
* Help to explore problems and to identify changes you may wish to make.
* Respect for the individual - for me, every client is unique.
* Confidentiality - of paramount importance in the counselling and therapeutic relationship.
* New ideas and perspectives, which may help you to change the way you think or act, change life patterns or behaviours. Ways to combat panic attacks and anxiety: breathing techniques and relaxation and visualisation exercises.

When working with Couples in conflict, I have found that having a safe and neutral setting enables couples to communicate more freely with each other and reach a better understanding, which in turn may help to resolve their difficulties.

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, having facilitated 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 have facilitated 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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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£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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.


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Farnham Common

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Ample parking on gated forecourt in private road. Ten to fifteen minutes drive from M40, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Burnham, Stoke Poges and Slough.

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Vivienne Thorneycroft-Smith

Vivienne Thorneycroft-Smith