COUNSELLOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST
I am a mature, professional psychotherapist with counselling skills. I have broad life experience and I am well-qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. I am a member of The Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA). I am passionate about helping people with the challenges they are facing and feel privileged to hear your unique stories.
If you would like professional help call me now or send me an email:
Mob. 0478 783 506 Tel. 9943 2400
I am a warm, non-judgemental, supportive listener who aims to create a space in which you feel comfortable about sharing your unique story, expressing your feelings, and dealing with difficult emotions like uncertainty, sadness, resentment, anger, guilt, jealousy, and fear.
I do not not consider myself an “expert” who sets out to diagnose you or “fix” you. The therapeutic process will engage you in a process of self-discovery. I will collaborate with you to explore the pain and suffering you are experiencing. Together you can discuss your dilemmas, possibilities and choices, and find your inner strengths and resilience.
I can help you to find a way through your problems, challenges and obstacles, in alignment with your particular values, beliefs and worldview.
Aims of psychotherapy and counselling with me include improving your psychological wellbeing, helping you to gain insights into yourself and your experiences, helping you move towards the life you would like for yourself, or helping you come to terms with the limitations imposed by your present situation.
One of the reasons I decided to become a counsellor and psychotherapist is that I am the “survivor” of a life-threatening illness. I know what it is like to feel overwhelmed and very anxious! I have had personal experiences with fear and loss and grief. These experiences led me to think about what it means to live a meaningful life, about the importance of the loving and caring relationships in my life, about the fragility of our existence and the importance of the choices we make during our lives.
I am a compassionate psychotherapist who can support people through dark times and help them to move forwards. Existential themes such as death anxiety, meaning and purpose, and choice resonate with me.
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, employing a number of different approaches depending on your needs. Of prime importance is the professional, trusting and confidential relationship I build with you. Research shows that the greatest influence on therapeutic outcome is the relationship between the client and the therapist. Each client is unique as is each therapeutic encounter.
Find out more about how I work by visiting My Approach page.
Below is a photograph of me in one of the counselling rooms at the Castle Hill Practice.
FAQ: What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy? According to the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) counselling and psychotherapy overlap considerably. Counselling is more likely to concentrate on specific problems, adjustment to changes in life and fostering the wellbeing of the client. On the other hand psychotherapy may involve restructuring the client’s self and the development of the client’s insight.
as a counsellor and psychotherapist
I am a member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Association of Australia (PACFA).
- As a counsellor and psychotherapist I adhere to the ethical guidelines of PACFA.
- I am committed to continuing professional development as required by PACFA, and regularly attend professional development workshops.
- I have an approved supervisor with whom I discuss my counselling and psychotherapy work regularly as required by PACFA.
MEMBERSHIP OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
- Member: Way Ahead: Mental Health Association NSW
- Blue Knot Foundation: empowering recovery from childhood trauma
- Diploma of Teaching [Monash University]
- Bachelor of Science [Macquarie University]
- PhD (Biochemistry) [Macquarie University]
- Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling [Australian College of Applied Psychology]
Before becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist, I worked as a teacher/educator in primary schools, secondary schools and at Macquarie University. I have also worked as a scientist at Macquarie University and CSIRO. I was awarded a PhD [Biochemistry] for my research in cell and molecular biology.
COUNSELLOR AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist and have undertaken professional development in:
- Person-centred/humanistic counselling
- Existential psychotherapy
- Sandplay therapy for children, young people and adults
- Gestalt therapy
- Positive psychology – strengths-based therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mental Health Disorders
- Suicide prevention and intervention
- Narrative therapy
I am passionate about the mental health benefits of dog ownership. I have done work partnered by my dog in “pets-as-therapy”. This involved interacting with people challenged by mental illness as well as vulnerable elderly people living in nursing homes. Below is a photograph of my beloved golden retriever.
When I am not working as a counsellor and psychotherapist I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends. I love to walk, play and laugh with my golden retriever. Other interests include science, education, music, poetry and painting. I enjoy travelling.
My logo for COMPASSION AND CHOICES FOR TOMORROW is a painting of sunflowers I created.
LOCATION OF counselling and psychotherapy PRACTICES
- CASTLE HILL, HILLS DISTRICT
Vivienne provides counselling services to clients in the Hills District, Sydney. If you live in Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Dural, Kellyville, Cherrybrook, Glenhaven or other local suburbs then Vivienne’s counselling practice will be convenient for you.
- WAHROONGA, NORTH SHORE
Vivienne also provides counselling services to clients on Sydney’s North Shore. If you live in Wahroonga, Turramurra, Pymble, Hornsby, Thornleigh, Pennant Hills or other local suburbs then the Wahroonga counselling practice will be most convenient for you.
For professional counselling and psychotherapy in Castle Hill and Wahroonga contact Vivienne regarding individual therapy or anxiety support groups. CALL NOW FOR A FREE 10 MINUTE CONSULTATION.
Mob. 0478 783 506
Tel. 9943 2400