About me

Counselling Approach:

I work as an integrative humanistic counsellor/psychotherapist, now in private practice, after ten years in the voluntary sector. I offer a safe, confidential and accepting space for you to bring your difficult feelings and worries, whatever they may be. You are welcome here.

How it works: Counselling can be an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and express yourself safely. You are gently encouraged to share your difficulties, dilemmas and experiences in a way that makes you feel heard and understood, without criticism, advice or pressure. A space for you to gain insight, and to face your uncertainties and challenges with less fear.

Additionally:

I offer a variety of ideas from other psychotherapeutic approaches, to help you explore and understand your feelings. These include person centred principles; body, mind, behaviour connections; relaxation techniques; relationship dynamics;  personal and social context. Other imaginative ways to explore issues can also be offered.

Honesty:

I cannot offer any "magical" solutions; but I can respectfully support the person you are, and hope to help you discover your inner strengths too. Self discovery is a life long and challenging experience, but you will be "held" with emotional kindness.

Professional Practice:

I adhere to the ethical guidelines of my professional body, attend regular supervision, and enjoy personal and professional development sessions to enhance my practice.

What to do next:

You can phone or email me to set up an appointment; my details  are available on this website. Please note that I check my work phone regularly and need to know if it's ok for me to phone you back, or leave a message. Please do not leave personal details and protect your privacy.

The First Session:

The first session involves getting to know each other a little, and includes:

  • What you hope to gain from our sessions.
  • A general lifestyle/wellbeing assessment.
  • Signing a written agreement about confidentiality, and exclusions to this.
  • How I practice/what to expect.
  • Deciding when we can meet and frequency.
  • Payment and cancellation policy.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Academy: Sheffield Psychotherapy and Counselling Education, S.P.A.C.E.)
  • Foundations of Counselling: The Academy: S.P.A.C.E.
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Course
  • Cruse Bereavement Groupwork Course
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Course. Pathways Family Support Centre.
  • Relationship Counselling Course: Ian Wallace
  • N.H.S. Staff Support Services
  • Psychodramatic Bodywork (R) Courses: Jonathan Salisbury (Susan Aaron©)
  • Registered General Nurse and Midwife.
  • Enhanced D.B.S. certificate
  • Accredited Member of National Counselling Society. MNCS (Accred)
  • Professional and Public Liability Insurance.(P.P.S.)
  • Online Institute Short course online counselling certificate.

In addition to my years in counselling, I have a wealth of life and professional healthcare experience to offer, have a good sense of humour and really enjoy counselling work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I believe that a good client: counsellor relationship can be therapeutic in most "cases", of human distress whatever the condition/diagnosis attributed to the problem/symptoms. Given the vast array of challenges that beset most of us at some time during our lives, it is inevitable that our distress sometimes needs a supportive hand.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

Fees

£35.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

Additional information

During the present coronavirus pandemic, I am offering 50 minute telephone or video sessions at £35.00 per session, preferably payable by bank transfer.

Availability

I am not seeing clients face to face at this time, but offer telephone or video counselling. Agreements and consent forms are usually completed by email.

Further information

Other interests:

  • Neuroscience.
  • Psychodrama.
  • Different beliefs/ religious systems.
  • Groupwork.
  • Mindfulness.
  • Relationships.

Pure (Physio)
963 Penistone Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S6 2DH

Kinetic Clinics
Ecclesfield
Sheffield
S35 9YY

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Languages offered

A little French

Online platforms

Zoom
Vivien Brown

Vivien Brown