Vivienne Ellis-Spencer

Vivienne Ellis-Spencer


07722 797803

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07722 797803

About me

I have been in private practice since 1995 and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since approximately 1993 and became registered in December 2014

A commitment to a professional code of ethics and practice to ensure the safety of my clients is an essential part of my practice, and I hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance.

I am situated in the Cheshunt area near the Bookfield Centre and within easy reach of the A10.  I can offer easy parking for drivers and 5 minutes walk from nearest bus stop.

My availability is Wednesday 10.00am - 8.00pm; Thursday 10.00am - 9.00pm (latest session available is 8.00pm)

II believe every human being is valuable and important, and it has been my passion for a significant number of years to work with people to enable them to explore thoughts and feelings they may be struggling with, or help them to make sense of a world they no longer recognise.

Training, qualifications & experience

Cert. Working with Infant Loss

Cert. Supervision
Dip.   Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
Dip.  Death & Loss Studies
Dip. Counselling Skills
Dip. Fundamentals of Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
UKCP Registration (between 2001-2009)

Reg. ACC June 2017

Reg. BACP 2014
Mem.BACP since 1993 
Mem. Institute for Reflective Practice since 2009
Mem. ACC April 2014

I currently hold a private practice working with clients on a one to one basis. I do not work with couple counselling.

I have trained and worked in the field of social care and counselling for over 20 years and my final training was at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London.

I was registered with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (2001-2009)I was registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) from 2000-2009. I also gained membership to the Insitute of Reflective Practice when I qualified as a supervisor with CSTD (Centre for Supervison and Team Development).

A natural progression was to move into the field of clinical supervision, but previously I worked as a psychotherapist, group facilitator, and supervisor of placement and volunteer counsellors in a Stabilisation Service working with addictions.  I worked for a significant number of years with business organisations as part of the EAP (Employee Assisted Programme) offering short term (4 or 6 sessions).  Between 1999 and 2002 I was responsible for managing the counselling programme at Hertford Regional College which included training student counsellors and those wanting to enhance their listening skills for their careers.  I have provided in-house training with particular emphasis on bereavement and loss; worked with young offenders; and also have experence with pastoral care, and mental health.  Part of my previous experience was with Cruse Bereavement Care as counsellor/supervisor/trainer with shared responsibility for training volunteer counsellors.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have many years experience of working within the field of bereavement and loss. This covers an incredibly wide range of losses and in particular people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as being able to offer support and counselling for the family and friends. A second area of interest is with miscarriage, termination and stillbirth andI work with either prospective parent on an individual basis.


Client fees are £40.00 per 50 minute session.

All fees are payable at the time of session or by bank transfer once a commitment to a therapeutic working agreement has been made.

Concessions are available for trainee counsellors and low wage earners.

Further information

IBereavement, depression, anxiety, and work/career related stress are just a few of the major emotional difficulties facing many people today.   It is a big step to allow someone else into your world, especially if you are struggling; feeling unsure of yourself; or just don't know what is wrong, but you do know that something is not quite as you would like it to be.

I can offer confidential one to one counselling and psychotherapy at an affordable rate that is personalised and tailored to your needs.  Counselling is a partnership and may also be used to promote lasting growth and change.  Please note that I only work one to one and have chosen not to work with couple counselling.

I realised that having had significant losses in my life, this was an area where people often feel alone and isolated, or not always taken seriously as to the depth of their distress or pain.  It was with this in mind that I decided to spend quite a number of years taking further study within the field of bereavement and loss, with special interest in miscarriage, stillborn or abortion, also pre and post terminal illness.

My interest in helping others began in 1987 when I became a Samaritan. This was closely followed by training with Cruse as a volunteer bereavement counsellor. I then decided to undertake more a formal training pathway, and as can be seen under a different section on this site, and qualified as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist.
Trainee counsellors are particularly welcome as I hold a belief that it is within their own therapy a significant amount of self development occurs that may enable them to grow in their learning and practice.

I am a member of:

BACP - number 508885 / registration no: 098325
ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) - number 1000380
Insitutue for Relective Practice

Maps & Directions

Cheshunt, EN8

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No


Wednesday and Thursday 10.00 - 20.00 (last session 19.00)

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme