About West Sussex Counselling Training

West Sussex Counselling Training was founded in 2018 by Vivienne Richardson. Since opening its doors the CPCAB approved training centre has gone from strength to strength and alongside her experienced tutors, Vivienne now delivers courses from foundation to professional level. In addition, Vivienne has developed a post qualification training, with a focus on mentoring students as they move into private practice as psychotherapeutic counsellors.

As a recognised CPCAB centre, West Sussex Counselling Training offer the prerequisite training for the OU Foundation Degree in Counselling.

For the CPCAB infographic explaining training route options please click here.

About Vivienne Richardson BSc (Hons), PGCE, MBACP (Accred)

Core Tutor & Centre Manager

Vivienne first started training counsellors in 2009, when she was invited to cover some classes at a local college in Hampshire. She enjoyed the experience so much, that she decided to stay and complete her formal teacher training. From there she was invited to write and develop additional courses and later became the course manager of the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Over the years, she has taught, supported and qualified many student counsellors, most of whom now have their own private practices.

In 2018, Vivienne moved to West Sussex where she decided to start up her own training centre in partnership with the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). WSCT now have a HQ in the centre of the pretty market town of Petworth with an ever growing team of professional tutors that bring a wealth of knowledge and experience.

In addition to West Sussex Counselling Training, Vivienne is a BACP accredited person-centred counsellor with 17 years’ experience. She offers a creative approach to therapy believing that one size does not fit all.

To find out more about Vivienne’s private practice please visit Midhurst Counselling & Psychotherapy.

What Vivienne says about her training style

‘The WSCT approach to counselling training is relaxed and accessible. Becoming a counsellor isn’t just about theory, it’s about self-awareness, getting to know your ‘self’, and applying that knowledge to the work. From the outset, I like to get to know my candidates, their learning style, and how I can support them to flourish in their training. There is nothing I love more than witnessing a ‘light bulb moment’ when something just clicks. I would sum up the WSCT approach to training in the Carl Rogers quote ‘A person cannot teach another person directly; a person can only facilitate another’s learning’. I see myself as a facilitator in the training room, and I really do feel I learn as much from candidates as they do from me…… no two classes are ever the same!’

“The diploma is daunting, tough, challenging but also so rewarding and enjoyable. I have felt safe, secure, and encouraged throughout. I have felt massively supported by Viv , and the peer group from the moment I joined. I couldn’t recommend Viv, and WSCT team enough.”
“I have loved studying with WSCT. I have found it to be the perfect balance between supported and guided, and structured yet flexible. As a person-centred course it has enabled me to explore and develop my own style and confidence as a fledgling counsellor. Thank you WSCT.”