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Vanessa Halliwell Counselling


Welcome to Vanessa Halliwell Counselling


It's ok not to be ok!

Are you looking for a way to make sense of whatever is currently going on for you now? Are you just wanting a moment to catch your breath, but frightened that if you stop, you're going to drop the life balls you're juggling with? I understand how overwhelming this can feel. If you can allow yourself a little time and courage to get in touch with me, as a Counsellor I can help you make sense.

We can arrange to meet in person or online at a mutually convenient time, including Saturday mornings.

Whether it's for you or a loved one, I'm confident that counselling can help in some way, whether it's through listening, companionship, exploring solutions, helping you to better understand yourself or others, assisting with coping strategies, or referring you to a more suitable service.

Everything is completely confidential and non-judgmental in a secure environment where you can share your experience and feelings at your own pace.

There are a million reasons why people seek counselling, such as to unload their emotional burden, explore the causes of their unhappiness, anxiety, or depression, reconnect with buried or lost emotions, find their true selves, be more, feel more, re-connect with others or themselves, better understand others or themselves, improve relationships, to grieve, grow, empower, change, or simply to be heard and understood.

Regardless of the cause, you are not alone. Counselling is a wonderful way to take time for yourself by communicating with someone outside your circle of family and friends, expressing and exploring your concerns, and being accepted without criticism. If you wish, we can work towards a goal, or you can learn new coping mechanisms or ways to value yourself.

As a qualified psychotherapist and Counsellor, I provide a kind and compassionate approach focusing on listening within a supportive and safe environment. My areas of interest are working with professionals in areas where there is a change, including workplace complexities, relationship issues/attachment styles including divorce, separation, dating, health diagnosis, including grief.

About Me

I have come from an entrepreneurial, and commercial background, and a successful business is built on successful relationships, my roles have included being a mentor, advisor, a qualified psychotherapist/Counsellor. I am a firm believer that good counselling begins with a solid therapeutic relationship between myself and my client.

I am highly skilled and compassionate with a passion for helping individuals overcome or come to terms with their pain points. I have developed a deep understanding of the unique individual needs and concerns of my clients and am committed to providing them with the support and presence they need.

Please note I do not work with anyone under the age of sixteen.

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What I Offer

I provide a variety of counselling services to match your needs. There is no such thing as a therapy service that is appropriate for everyone. The services I currently provide are as follows:

Counselling on an individual basis

Workplace complexities

Relationship counselling 1-1

Health change diagnosis

Terminal Illness


Dating, Separation and Divorce


Carers who live or work with the ill or disabled

Life-changing illnesses


Self-esteem, self-assurance, and assertiveness.

Conflicts including divorce and separation.

Simply want to Talk

Mentoring and coaching, and self-image

Bereavement and Loss


As a qualified psychotherapist and Counsellor, I believe that every individual can grow and change and that the key to successful therapy lies in creating a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of judgment or criticism. I work collaboratively in a non-clinical way with my clients to help them. You find your solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.

My Approach

My approach to counselling is grounded in empathy, respect, and unconditional positive regard, and I am dedicated to helping her clients build the self-awareness, self-esteem, and resilience they need to overcome their challenges and live fulfilling lives. Whether you are struggling with illness, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or any other personal concern, I am here to help you navigate your journey towards healing and growth. Don't, however, expect me to do all the work this is about you, and I will gently encourage you to make the best use of our time together.

My Location

I can offer counselling in person from Haslemere, Farnham, Guildford and Godalming. Alternatively, I can offer online sessions or for an additional charge I can offer a bespoke service and come to you.


An initial telephone consultation for up to 20 minutes is required whereby I can learn a little more about you and vice versa, we can see if we are a match.

Sessions last for 50 minutes, and usually take place every week and cost from:

£60.00 per session

A Rapid Response same-day session cost from:

£85.00 per session

Bespoke by separate negation.

I do have a cancellation policy and require a minimum of 48 hours of cancellation notice.

Our First Session Together

In your first session with me, there are several key things to expect as we embark on this therapeutic journey together. It's important to remember that this initial session is primarily about establishing a foundation for our work together and ensuring that you feel comfortable and informed throughout the process.

Contractual Agreement

We will begin the session by mutually agreeing on a working contract. This contract outlines the boundaries and expectations of our counselling relationship. It's a collaborative effort to ensure that both you and I are on the same page regarding confidentiality, session duration, fees, cancellation policies, and the overall goals of our sessions.


You may be asked to complete a questionnaire or assessment tool. This helps us understand your current emotional state, concerns, and goals. It serves as a benchmark for our progress and provides valuable insights into your unique situation. The information you provide will remain confidential and is solely intended to guide our sessions.

Control Over the Narrative

You are in control of your counselling journey. You may have never experienced counselling before, and it's completely normal to feel nervous or anxious about discussing personal matters. You have the autonomy to decide what you're comfortable sharing at your own pace. We will work together to create a safe and supportive environment where you can open up when you feel ready.

Exploration of Feelings

During this first session, we might explore the feelings and thoughts you're currently experiencing. You can share as much or as little as you'd like, and we will work together to identify areas of concern and potential goals for our counselling sessions.

No Set Time Scale

It's important to understand that the therapeutic relationship doesn't have a predetermined time scale. The number of sessions and the duration of our work together will be based on your unique needs and goals. We will regularly review our progress and make adjustments as necessary to ensure you receive the support you require.

Building Trust

Building trust is a crucial aspect of our therapeutic relationship. Trust takes time to develop, and our first session is a stepping stone toward establishing a strong and supportive connection. Your comfort and confidentiality are paramount, and I am here to support you throughout this process.

Discussion of Future Sessions

Towards the end of our first session, we will discuss what you hope to achieve through counselling and potential areas of focus for future sessions. This will help us set the stage for the work we will do together in subsequent meetings.

Remember that counselling is a collaborative effort, and I am here to provide a non-judgmental, empathetic, and supportive space for you to explore your thoughts and emotions. Our first session is the beginning of a journey toward personal growth, self-discovery, and improved well-being.

Get in touch

I can offer professional emotional support, helping you explore and make sense of the things which are troubling you, helping you find that space to stop, pause, breathe and continue. I look forward to talking to you, thank you.

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