Welcome to the website of Vivienne Ellis-Spencer

So who am I?
I have trained and worked in the field of social care since 1987.  This has included spells as a volunteer for social care organisations, but the bulk of my work has been in the psychotherapy and counselling field.  My final training was at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), London and I was registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) between 2000 – 2009 when I closed my private practice of some 15 years to concentrate on working in the field of supervision rather than one to one client work.   In July of 2011 I felt moved to resume my private practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor  – with special emphasis on death, bereavement and loss, and  can offer sessions at a reasonable fee with the possibility of a sliding scale when required.

For further details please move to the contact me link.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) and am included in the ACC Voluntary Register of Christian Counsellors.

I hold a Professional Indemnity Insurance to cover my continuing practice.

Session Information:

Sessions will last 50 minutes.

Fee is £40.00 per session and payment is to be made at beginning of each session either by cheque or cash.  After initial meeting, bank transfer can be organised for payment to be made as soon as possible either before or after session.

Cancellation of sessions to be made a minimum of 24 hours before due time, when every effort will be made to find a new appointment in the same week.

All session cancelled less that 24 hours in advance will be charged at the full fee, and it is requested that this is paid at next session or sent by cheque through the post.

Please give as much notice as possible for holidays, when advance appointments can be made.

Confidentiality will be kept unless there is reason to believe a client is at risk to either self or others; a previously undisclosed crime has been committed; where it is found that children are at risk.

Client’s GP will only be contacted in the case of emergency and/or in discussion with client.

Clients’ will not be given advice or told what to do, but encouraged to use the time to explore their thoughts and feelings, and discover what it is they are wanting to achieve during their time in therapy.

There will be an opportunity to use creative arts which may be helpful when there are no words to express how you feel.  This is purely an option and will not be imposed against your will.

Further Training and Experience:

Latest training is a Certificate in Working with Infant Loss.

In October of 2009 I completed my supervision training with Centre for Supervision & Team Development (CSTD) and now hold a Certificate in Supervision.

Part of my previous volunteer work has involved group supervision of bereavement counsellors for Isabel Hospice, Welwyn Garden City.  Co-facilitation of  carers support groups for Age UK.    Historical volunteer involvement has included supervising and training volunteer counsellors for a local branch of Cruse Bereavement Care.  Other interests and experience include training student counsellors; in-house training with particular emphasis on bereavement and loss; short term working with the Employee Assisted Programme (EAP) and spent 6 years (2002 – 2008) working as a counsellor/group facilitator and also a clinical supervisor of placement counsellors in a Stabilisation Service working primarily with substance abuse/addiction.  Finally, I also have experience in the fields of working with young offenders; pastoral care and mental health.

The use of creativity within my therapeutic work has proved enormously beneficial when clients may, if they wish, use art materials, puppets, drama and guided imagery to help them.  This method of working encourages the client to express, non-verbally feelings and emotions that may be difficult to identify through verbal expression. This can motivate and re-affirm aspects of the self that may have been lost through bullying, rejection, bereavement, abuse or violence.