Vivienne Thorneycroft-Smith,MBACP(Snr.Accred), BACP Registered

Vivienne Thorneycroft-Smith,MBACP(Snr.Accred), BACP Registered

Farnham Common


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Farnham Common


About me

The Autumn leaves are signifying a change of season, and for some this can be an energising time of new beginnings, however, it can also emphasise and exaggerate our feelings of anxiety, when we compare ourselves to everyone else "apparently" ready for a new start.  This is where therapy can help you to gain clarity to untangle complex personal issues You may have relationship difficulties at home or in the workplace, or be going through a difficult period in your life, bereavement, separation, or redundancy You may have suffered a loss, faced a life crisis, or experienced panic attacks or anxiety, or loss of 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.  I can offer 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 18 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.
* 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, which can 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, 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

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.

Photos & videos

  • Introduction to Changes Counselling


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

Farnham Common, SL2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme