Vivienne Cobden Counselling in Lymington, Hampshire

My story

After I divorced, I started going out with different people, and soon realised that I kept choosing the same ‘type’ of person, even though this ‘type’ did nothing for my happiness or my wellbeing.

Whilst we’re not often conscious of it, we sometimes choose a partner we feel holds something that’s lacking in ourselves – eg, confidence, assertiveness, success, good looks – something we feel we can’t attain ourselves.

Counselling enabled me to understand these patterns and to recognise what it was that I was looking for in others. Then I was able to acknowledge what I needed for my own wellbeing, rather than trying to live through someone else’s achievements.

It is really rewarding seeing someone come to the realisation that they have as much self-worth and value as others


Counselling is very fulfilling work. As I said above, I feel privileged that people let me into their worlds, that I hear them talk about such personal things and that I am trusted with their innermost thoughts and feelings. It is wonderful to see how people grow when they realise they have choices in life.

Professional qualifications

I qualified in 1996, with a Diploma in Group Analytic Psychotherapy from Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) – one of the leading academic and clinical institutions for psychotherapy in the UK.

Training and experience

1992-1994: Volunteered with Samaritans

1992-1993: Undertook an introductory course to Group Analytic Psychotherapy which led to the 3-year diploma course

1993-1996: Studying for my diploma at WPF (qualified in 1996)

1996-2000: Provided counselling / therapy within a large charitable organisation

2000-2014: Worked within the NHS and in private practice

2014-present: Working in private practice

Ethical practice
As a registered member on the accredited register of BACP and NCS, I work in accordance with the ethical framework of both these associations and I am committed to ongoing personal and professional development.

Continuing professional development

On-going training is part of life for a counsellor and I regularly attend courses and workshops. Most recently, for example, I attended a four-day workshop on the ‘3 principles’ – how much we live our lives according to how we’re thinking, rather than being in the moment.

I also undergo regular supervision with a qualified supervisor (during which all cases discussed are totally confidential).

My fees

£45 for a 50-minute session

Cancellation policy
All sessions missed or cancelled less than 48 hours before your appointment are charged at the full rate. If I’m available, I will offer an alternative time during that week.

Professional memberships

I am a registered member of the following organisations (click for more information):

  • British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
    The BACP is the main professional body in the UK which regulates the counselling profession. If you’re considering psychotherapy or counselling, it’s really important that you only go to a therapist who is properly qualified and trained.
  • NCS (National Counselling Society) Accredited
  • HACP (Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

    I am also listed in the RSCPP directory and the Counselling Directory.


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