I am an integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist who can work in a variety of ways depending on my client's needs and preferences.
I work with clients who are or have experienced a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, childhood sexual abuse or are unsure as to the reason why they feel 'stuck'.
Prior to having therapy myself, I found it difficult to imagine how it could help. I now realise I am not the only person to have such concerns. This prompted me to ask a recent client for some feedback on our work together:
"A series of traumatic instances in my life left me untrusting, feeling isolated and unsupported, adrift emotionally and looking to a forlorn future.
I started weekly sessions with Viv Smith. She was ever attentive, supportive, questioning, encouraging, and, above all, caring. She treated me with consideration and respect. I knew I wasn’t just a name on a list of clients.
The process is not necessarily easy – there is nothing more debilitating than emotional pain. Looking back, it was enlightening, cleansing and curative. Cathartic in a way.
I persisted because I wanted to learn who I was, why there was part of me that I always hid away from the World and why the later life experiences I had gone through had affected me so badly.
Viv helped me to face up to the effects of my childhood relationship with my mother, and helped me understand myself. I was then able to accept what had happened to me, and to start afresh. I will be forever grateful to her.
My life is again full. I am awash with energy and drive and I am learning to live in the present. The future is bright."
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Distinction).
I am a Registered Member of the BACP.
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
Daytime and evening appointments.