- Phone number
- 01333 313037
- Flexible hours available
About me and my therapy practice
I am an integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist who can work in a variety of ways depending on my client's needs and preferences.
I work with clients who are or have experienced a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, childhood sexual abuse or are unsure as to the reason why they feel 'stuck'.
Prior to having therapy myself, I found it difficult to imagine how it could help. I now realise I am not the only person to have such concerns. This prompted me to ask a recent client for some feedback on our work together:
"A series of traumatic instances in my life left me untrusting, feeling isolated and unsupported, adrift emotionally and looking to a forlorn future.
I started weekly sessions with Viv Smith. She was ever attentive, supportive, questioning, encouraging, and, above all, caring. She treated me with consideration and respect. I knew I wasn’t just a name on a list of clients.
The process is not necessarily easy – there is nothing more debilitating than emotional pain. Looking back, it was enlightening, cleansing and curative. Cathartic in a way.
I persisted because I wanted to learn who I was, why there was part of me that I always hid away from the World and why the later life experiences I had gone through had affected me so badly.
Viv helped me to face up to the effects of my childhood relationship with my mother, and helped me understand myself. I was then able to accept what had happened to me, and to start afresh. I will be forever grateful to her.
My life is again full. I am awash with energy and drive and I am learning to live in the present. The future is bright."
(Testimonial by DC)
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited