Vivienne Costello AdvDipCon MBACP
Hello and welcome, my name is Vivienne and I trained as an Integrative Counsellor combining all of the modalities and I'm also a fully qualified Couples Therapist, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, an NLP Practitioner, a Laughter Facilitator and a Laughter Yoga Leader and at present I'm training in Pyscosexual therapy.
I have been in practice since 1999 and I work with adults, young adults, children, couples and families.
Counselling works and when you come to visit me you will be in an environment that feels safe and secure. My cabin is a little haven where you can relax in a comfortable chair and talk to someone who is interested in your welfare and has the skills to assist you in finding your own way through whatever it is that troubles you.
Talking therapy is where the client takes the lead, where you can discuss everything and anything without judgement or someone trying to fix things for you. This is where you can bloom and understand and over come anything that is troubling you.
I use all modalities as training integratively enables this and I have trained in all fields, this helps you because, if CBT or Person Centered therapy doesn’t work for you we can use TA, Gestalt, Jungian, Psychodynamic or Extensional.
I can, if you choose, combine your therapy to suit your individual needs. The response that combining therapies has given to my clients has been incredible. Using NLP and Hypnotherapy in conjunction with counselling gives more depth to you the client’s welfare and your own personal understanding of the situation. The sessions are very often interspersed with laughter as laughter is the key to combating fear and depression.
Laughter in therapy helps you to conquer fear, giving you the freedom to look at a problem whilst breaking it down with laughter.
Every client is unique with their own life as complex and different from another. Patterns may arise which could be completely out of your awareness. Gentle probing and summary of past sessions or past statements from actual session will help you to recognise any patterns and disturbances and will help identify where you may be stuck. This will help you to see an end point and will lead you into the healing process.
This gives you the opportunity to notice the parallels of your life and your behaviour within a safe environment, to understand what links the past to present and how these links can be unlinked, interchanged and reattached so you become the master of your destiny..
When partners start to struggle in the relationship there is always underlining issues going on that haven't been addressed. This is how the blaming starts and the divide gets bigger and bigger.
How I will work with you as a couple and help you find the divide is look at how you're both attached and what attachment style you have. This helps you to understand how you're reacting to different events
If you're feeling unseen, unheard, unloved or feel you're being taken for granted etc, it can often be a case of miss communication, when this happens each partner feels less towards each other because the connection has dwindled and the gap is getting bigger.
Coming for couples therapy will help you both to recognise this and work towards reuniting as the team you were when you started out.
Sometimes of course there isn't a connection anymore and the only thing to do is part and my aim in those circumstances is to help you both separate kindly being mindful of not loosing respect for each other and therefore remaining friends.
All relationships can remain amicable if both parties are wanting this and it's about finding when you use to agree on most things and working up from then.
I find couple counselling intriguing and amazing as you will both learn to truly understand yourself and your own needs as well as your partners.
Laughter Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
This is not for the faint hearted but has amazing results. Why I say not for the faint hearted is because I will arrive at your home around the time you get up, and together we will laugh for an average of 20 minutes. What this will do is raise your endorphin and serotonin levels naturally and as each day goes by you will become happier and more relaxed.
Laughing increases your level of oxygen and when you’re laughing both left and right side of the brain functions giving your mind time to be free of thoughts and just enjoy the moment.
Once the 20 day induction is complete you will feel happier with life, more confident and ready for your next steps. You will have learnt how important laughter is and what the health and social benefits bring to you. You will also have a clear vision of what you can achieve as interspersed with the laughter there will be some very defining moments and memories both joyous and sad that I will help you move through and then forwards with, a bit like life coaching with laughter.
I am very limited for this therapy as the majority of people rise at a similar time in the morning. This can also be used as a family therapy as the more laughter in a home the happier it is.
Walking talking therapy
Here in the Poole and Bournemouth area we are blessed with beautiful walks, through chine’s and woods, along the beach fronts and through the Bournemouth Gardens. I have walked these walks regularly in my life and over the past two years I have been walking these walks with my clients.
The therapy session remains, the difference is we are walking and talking in fresh air, combining movement with therapy.
This style of therapy works especially well for those suffering from anxiety, as often the thought of sitting opposite a therapist for an hour couldn't be anymore nerve racking, so walking and talking takes that pressure away and walking in silence is so much more comfortable than sitting in silence ( when in company that is )
Movement therapy has always been an interest to me, how the body stores emotion from the past to the present. What I am offering is a unique style of counselling that’s both beneficial to your health in body and mind, come rain or shine
How will walking and talking therapy help?
It is well documented that exercise releases endorphin's that make us feel happier, combine that with a counselling session what could be better.
What my clients have found when participating in walking therapy is, they feel more able to move, and because of this they are able to move their emotions; they can stop and start when they feel like. They can sit and ponder whilst looking out to sea or at a flower in bloom. The client controls the walking pace and when to stop and start.
Walking and talking therapy encourages the client to be more physically active and this helps both the mental and physical. It helps clients’ to become unstuck when confronting difficult issues as the movement is already indicating moving forwards, and it spurs creative, deeper ways of thinking helping the client to think more clearly and without restraints.
Clients sometimes become anxious when sitting with a counsellor as they feel under the microscope and the therapist is always looking at them. Walking in parallel takes away that feeling and with the freedom of the fresh air, my clients have found it easier to engage.
Therapy addresses serious conditions and traumas, and working with you as a client I will take these matters seriously and will help you to find what needs to be taken seriously and what can be assessed with humour and a lighter approach.
My specialist fields:
- Depression (from known or unknown causes)
- Panic Attacks
- Family relationship issues
- Separation and divorce
- Anger and Rage management
- Stress (work or socially related)
- Confidence building
- Anger and Rage management
- Positive inner voice work
- Laughter therapy
- Pain management
- Young Adults
If you feel you would like to try any of the above, give me a call and we can have a talk on the phone to discuss your options and then you can decide.
Thank you for reading my page
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Drugs and Alcohol Adviser
Laughter Yoga Leader
Registered Pharmacy Technician
Touch for Health Practitioner (Kinesiology)
Anger, rage and relationship
Children and Adolescent
Stress and stress busting
Releasing the inner child
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Reclaiming the Shadow
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
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50 minute Counselling session £40 (home visits are charged depending on the distance)
50 minute Counselling/Hypnotherapy combination session £40
50 minute Walking Therapy session £60
60 minute Counselling couple/family session £65
60 minute Hypnotherapy session £65 (for one off situations, usually only 2 sessions required)
- Also registered with Life Coach Directory
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday's, Thursday's and Friday's 8am to 8pm. I also offer home visits for clients unable to get to my rooms so please do not hesitate to ask
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|