Dr Vivien Sabel

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UKCP MBACP MScPTI Reg. Psychotherapist/Supervisor
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Staveley, North Yorkshire, HG5
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About me

As a professional, qualified clinician I am able to offer various services that could really help you.

I work with both adults and children. I have significant experience of working with couples. I have a specific interest in attachment and have written globally about the importance of our early years. Some of my clinical work is with parents and children. I also work with mums (and dads) during and post pregnancy.

I am able to offer telephone, Skype or FaceTime therapy. I have extensive experience of working remotely and has clients worldwide using her clinical, supervisory and coaching services.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Vivien is a former CEO of a national charity, and an organisational and personal consultant, with a wealth of experience working across sectors, primarily in the field of mental health, deafness and disability. She originally trained and worked as a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter and qualified with an undergraduate degree in Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting (University of Bristol 1996). She retrained and qualified in Psychodynamic Counselling (Goldsmiths – University of London 2004). She has undertaken further clinical training with Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute (November 2010) of a Masters level Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (ScPTI 2010). Vivien achieved merit, merit and distinction with ScPTI. As Vivien provides supervision she has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision (University of Derby 2009). Vivien is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist. In 2013-2014, Vivien trained at ScPTI as a Lecturer/Trainer and was awarded a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate. In 2014 she co-led the Integrative Programme at ScPTI and in 2015 she became Programme Leader on the Integrative Psychotherapy (Masters level) Programme. Vivien has undertaken a further research degree (MA Psychotherapy) with Leeds Beckett University. This research addressed current provision in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy in the UK. Vivien received MA Psychotherapy (Distinction). Vivien qualified with a Doctorate in Psychotherapy in 2019.
  • Vivien works as a Senior Lecturer in University lecturing in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

In addition to psychotherapy Vivien is an award-winning author of The Blossom Method - The Revolutionary Way To Communicate With Your Baby From Birth. In 2015 The Blossom Method received a Silver Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association. She was honoured to be asked to write a chapter for Professor Rosina McAlpine's (University of Sydney) latest book; Inspired Children: How The Leading Minds Of Today Raise Their Kids. Vivien is one of ten contributors.

Vivien is an international speaker/trainer. Her work on attachment and connection using The Blossom Method in clinical and everyday settings is taught in the UK and internationally.

Vivien is gathering stories from mothers across the globe for a further book regarding Mother-Child Connections. She is co-authoring this book with Dr Antonella Sansone, a Perinatal Psychologist/Author.

Vivien has written a very well received therapeutic children's book. The book has been illustrated by a New York based illustrator. This book, Robot Meg, She Lives in my Head is tells the story of a little girl with a negative voice in her head and how she overcomes this negativity. Available now on Amazon.

Vivien is an artist and filmmaker. Her film 'Lost, Taken, Murdered' was officially selected for a Short Film Filmmakers award, and although it didn't win the film has been viewed thousands of times across various social media platforms. Her art has been featured in Art Magazines and she has been commissioned to paint seascapes and floaralscapes and she has sold several pieces.

Vivien's approach to her work is unique. She considers herself to be an expert in the field of non-verbal communication and body language. She often utilises these highly tuned skills to address the incongruence between spoken language and language of the body. Vivien has a published qualitative research paper in The European Journal of Psychotherapy addressing Post Natal Depression. For further information regarding Vivien please see http://www.viviensabel.com

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy (DPsych)
  • MA Psychotherapy (Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Research) Distinction
  • Postgraduate Certificate Full Teaching Membership
  • Postgraduate Certificate Associate Teaching Membership (ATM)
  • BACP Register Certificate Of Proficiency
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherap
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Postgraduate Certifcate in Clinical Supervision
  • Postgraduate Certifcate in Management
  • Diploma Higher Education in Deaf Studies (Sign Language Interpreting)
  • Advanced British Sign Language (Level III)
  • EMDR Psychotherapist (Level III) Trama-focused Psychotherapy
  • EFT Practitioner

Member organisations

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Vivien set up and ran a youth counselling service and an eating disorder support group. She has worked in the field of mental health and disabilities for over 20 years and has extensive knowledge in the field of deafness, Deaf Culture, Mental Health, parent-infant attachment, familial relationships and successful clinical work with children. Vivien has spent the last 10 years working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services.

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Additional information

Vivien's fees can be discussed on enquiry. Vivien undertakes some low cost work and is currently undertaking some voluntary work fundraising work for the Mariposa Trust - Saying Goodbye, an organisation supporting families with infant loss.

When I work

Various times

Further information

Vivien is also fluent in British Sign Language. She is therefore able to offer her clinical skills to the Deaf Community.

Arkendale Road, Staveley, North Yorkshire, HG5

Type of session

Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

British Sign Language (Fluent)


In person

Dr Vivien is a Senior Lecturer in the school of health and community studies where she teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate psychological therapies and mental health programmes She was a former Programme Leader at Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute on the Relational Integrative Training Programme working as a relational psychotherapist with over 11 years clinical supervisory experience.

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Dr Vivien Sabel
Dr Vivien Sabel