Vivienne Cobden FPC (WPF) MBACP
There is no such thing as a small, stupid or insignificant problem. In the 22 years I have been practising, I have learned that we are all individual & our problems cause us distress. For some, simply being heard, perhaps for the first time is enough, others seek change.
That old metaphor "one can't see the wood for the trees" is so true. When we are entrenched within our own thoughts, and our problems seem insurmountable, we often cannot see the wider picture or an alternative path. We stumble along bumping into the same obstacles time and time again, with no
idea how to navigate a different path.
As your counsellor, I will endeavour to help you understand how your problems arose and most importantly, how together, we can work towards finding a happier, clearer path.
My own journey began when I had personal therapy to help with many years of unhappiness, anxiety and discontent. These feelings confused me as there were no obvious reasons why I should feel this way.
With the aid of my counsellor, I was able to recognise how my thoughts, which I experienced as facts, were affecting my moods, behaviour and relationships with others.
Research shows that rather than the model of counselling practised, it is the relationship between the counsellor and the client that determines the success of the counselling. I sincerely believe this, and therefore work to the best of my ability to provide an accepting, non-judgemental, respectful environment, in which trust can develop.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a service provider I have worked both within the NHS and privately. I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor (understanding how events/circumstances in earlier years affect our present) but now work integratively and include CBT and mindfulness within my practice.
I typically meet with individuals on a weekly basis for 50 minutes.
Depending on one's situation & preference, I work both long term & shorter term.
I am a member of the following recognised organisations
MBACP - Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Diploma in Group Analytic Psychotherapy
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.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for a 50 minute session
In Hampshire I work privately from my home in Pilley, Lymington, where there is ample off street parking & a 3 minute walk from the 112 bus stop (Boldre war memorial)
I work from a comfortable, non clinical environment.