About me

Counselling Approach:

I work as an integrative humanistic counsellor, currently in private practice, after ten years in the voluntary sector. I offer a safe, confidential and accepting space for you to bring your confusing and difficult feelings; they are welcome here.

How it works:

Talking to an objective, but empathic person is often very helpful. With me, counselling can be an opportunity to clarify your thoughts, feelings and beliefs and express your emotions safely. I offer the opportunity for you to share your difficulties, dilemmas and experiences, whatever they may be, in a way that makes you feel heard and understood, without criticism, advice or pressure.

Additionally:

I can offer a variety of ideas drawn from other psychotherapeutic practices, to help you explore and understand your feelings further. These may include the roles you have; your view of yourself; body, mind, behaviour connections; relaxation techniques; family attachment dynamics; historical and social context, and relationships.

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 and resilience.

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. The details to do so 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.

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.
  • 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

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

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Unemployed

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

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages A little French

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.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Vivien Brown

Vivien Brown