Vivienne Joy Whitehead
01733 235254 / 07773 879410
I am passionate about my work and am committed to helping and support my clients towards a more fulfilling and rewarding life. I feel privileged to be part of an industry that is dedicated to helping personal growth and empowerment.
My initial counselling training was "integrative" which basically means that I studied a wide range of different counselling models and styles. This has enabled me to develop the tools to be able to offer what the client wants from therapy, rather than what I may think they need! I achieved a Foundation Degree in Science (Counselling) at Anglia Ruskin University in 2008.
My training continued at The University of Leicester where I added a Batchelor of Arts in Counselling Degree to my qualifications, graduating in 2011.
My counselling experience is diverse and includes working with people who have problems with anger, anxiety, depression, work stress and low self esteem. My specialism is in the field of domestic violence and abuse and childhood sexual abuse.
I was originally trained as an integrative counsellor, with emphasis on ‘person centred’ and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) models. This enables me draw on my wide experience of using different styles of therapy to suit a client’s individual needs. My passion is to discover what my clients want from therapy to deliver what they want.
My belief if that there is a close ‘mind/body’ connection and I therefore work to create a truly holistic approach to my work.
Counselling may be available via your employer's health plan and if so, we will have to work within their timescale (i.e., maximum 5, 6, or 10 sessions). If you contact me as a private client, however, then sessions can be either short or long term. Although it may be strange talking about 'endings' at our first session, I feel it is an important part of our therapeutic relationship to be aware that there will be an end and it is important that a good ending is achieved for both of us. Some clients may feel they only need a few sessions, whilst others require long term work together. I will always review our work together and check in with you from time to time to see how you feel your sessions are going.
Each session will be of one hour duration, usually weekly. However, the frequency can be shorter or longer depending on your needs at the time.
Our first session together with be a 'getting to know you' exercise and this will, of course, be for both of us! If we feel that we may not feel happy to work with one another, then that is absolutely fine, although I do believe that a minimum of six sessions is needed, to enable us to see how we can work together.
As part of my BACP membership, I am required to attend "Supervision" and I see my own counsellor-supervisor for 1.5 hours per month. This helps me to help you, as there may be some aspects of our work I may bring to her sessions.
Everything will be explained to you clearly on your first session, and you will be given the opportunity to ask questions or express any concerns you may have. My goal is for you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your sessions, in order for you to achieve the best outcome possible.
I hope this have given you a better insight into my background and has possibly allayed any concerns you may have about counselling. You may have some thoughts about how you perceive a counselling session to be, but more often than not, it is not like how you imagine it to be!
Please contact me either by phone, text or email and I will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to meeting you!
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered counsellor/psychotherapist with the BACP
Second Class (Upper) Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Foundation Degree in Counselling
NCFE Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Counselling Skills and Theory
I work with a variety of emotional issues, such as:
- Adjusting to losses such as bereavement, job loss and relationship loss through divorce or separation but also complex grief when you feel stuck
- Problems with forming and sustaining relationships; relationships which are destructive and understanding repeating patterns of unsatisfactory relationships
- Family conflict
- Feeling depressed, low mood and sadness
- Spiritual life
- Issues around sexuality
- Stress and anxiety within daily living including difficulties in work
- Looking for a new direction or change
- Working through unresolved past difficulties
- Coping with a serious illness
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£40.00 per session.
Your first session will be an initial assessment session; this will be for 1 hour. The session will give us the opportunity to discuss what issues have brought you to counselling and what your expectations of counselling are. We will look at the contract and you will have an opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. Choosing a counsellor is an important step and this will give you the chance to decide if you are happy to work with me. If we both feel we can work together, then we can arrange weekly sessions (recommended for continuity and consistency). Each therapy session lasts one hour. If you require a different frequency of sessions, other than weekly, this can be discussed at the assessment session. It is also important to say if you have any concerns about your counselling sessions with me as it needs to feel right for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9.00 am - 7.00 pm Tuesday to Friday. Saturday mornings by prior arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|