Vivien Blackford MBACP (Accred) BACP Registered
Welcome. Confidential counselling offered by BACP accredited counsellor. Currently offering telephone counselling, WhatsApp and skype counselling. BUPA/Aviva approved, with over twenty years experience. Also approved by e.a.p.'s and other health insurance companies/work with clients experiencing trauma from personal injury. Counselling premises are in a quiet location, a few minutes from Three Bridges Station, Crawley RH10 1LW. Good parking to premises.
Perhaps support is needed due to a bereavement, anxiety/low mood, a trauma, relationship issues; anger management, feelings of low self worth; workplace or personal stresses; an addiction, a life transition e.g. leaving home, beginning a new relationship, a change in health etc. Perhaps support is needed for personal growth.
Is something from your past still unresolved...................
Being heard in counselling can help you come to a deeper understanding of yourself and of
The quality of the relationship you and your Counsellor create together (known as the therapeutic alliance) plays an important part in any change. Our first meeting together gives you a sense of how you would feel working with me.
Each person is different, so at our first meeting I will listen to your counselling needs and this will inform how I might work with you. This can change over time as your needs change and as you progress. I am experienced in working in many styles of counselling, including cognitive behavioural therapy, integrative, person centred, psychodynamic, solution focused.
My counselling experience is expansive and includes offering both telephone and face to face counselling. I have ten years experience working on a telephone counselling line offering appropriate support to clients who may present with a broad range of issues and distress.
Additionally I have several years voluntary counselling experience within a well known mental health charity, working face to face with clients. Clients may be referred to the charity for counselling by their g.p.'s, psychiatrists, social worker, key worker etc I offered both short term counselling and long term work here.
I have eleven years experience working in the field of smoking cessation as a counsellor and debrief facilitator so understand and am skilled in supporting people who are wanting to change addictive/unhelpful behaviours. I hold full NCSCT certification as a smoking cessation practitioner.
Other counselling I have offered on a voluntary basis has been for a well known bereavement charity, as a student counsellor at a university, within two London Hospitals and within the voluntary sector
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Training in clinical assessments
Training in brief therapy over two terms
(one year placement within London Hospital,
to support above course, taking referrals from g.p.'s/hospital)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Depression
(ten week training at Kings College)
Acceptance and Commitment therapy Training
Bereavement training - Cruse training
Trauma and Recovery
The Art of Focusing (the Felt Sense - body connections)
Training in Neuro Linguistic Programing
Training in Smoking Cessation/ten years experience working
in this field.
Training in telephone counselling
Training in understanding addictions/withdrawal processes
One year training in group counselling/understanding organisational processes
One year training in psychotherapy
Nine month practical training in systemic/family counselling
Training in Motivational interviewing and Solution Focused counselling
City & Guilds 7307 (stage 1) Further & Adult Ed. Teachers
Full NCSCT Certification as a Smoking Cessation Advisor
NCSCT "Smoking Cessation in Mental Health" Certificate
NCSCT "Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy and the Post Partum Period" Certificate
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
BUPA Recognised. Provider Reference Number 30010343 (Referral through G.P.)
AVIVA Recognised Provider Number 600083072
Provider with other Health Insurance Companies Fees £40.00
Also offer CBT/Integrative counselling support to Clients following Road Trauma and going through Personal Injury - Fees £45
Counselling premises have good parking facilities and are a few minutes from Three Bridges Station
Counselling premises in Crawley(easily accessible by road and rail from East Grinstead, Horsham,
Haywards Heath, Horley, Redhill, and surrounding areas