Vivien Blackford MBACP (Accred) BACP Registered

Vivien Blackford MBACP (Accred) BACP Registered

40 New Street
Three Bridges
West Sussex
RH10 1LW

-01293 424529 / 07592337399

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About me

Welcome.  Confidential counselling offered by BACP accredited counsellor, 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.
Fees £45.00

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
what matters.

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 ongoing 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)
Mindfulness training
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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


BUPA Recognised.  Provider Reference Number 30010343 (Referral through G.P.)

AVIVA Recognised   Provider Number 600083072

Provider with other Health Insurance Companies

Also offer CBT/Integrative counselling support to Clients following Road Trauma and going through Personal Injury - Fees £45

Further information

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

Maps & Directions

Crawley, RH10 1LW

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


8.30 a.m. - 6.30 pm Monday - Friday Weekend appointments available upon request

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme