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| Integrative Psychotherapy |

The integrative training course at SCPTI supports a relational-developmental approach to Psychotherapy. At its core the relational perspective integrates key components of Humanistic Psychology, Object Relations Theory…

| Baby Communication |

I am interested in providing consultation and undertaking research with primary caregivers (mothers, fathers or others) and infants to understand more about infant communication.

| Baby & Parenting Expert |

Speaker and Consultant. In addition to writing The Blossom Method™, I have written for Professor McAlpine, an Australian parenting expert and author, a chapter in her latest volume. I am a published researcher, a parenting…

| Clinical Supervision |

In support of my current practice, further learning and development I have undertaken study in the field of clinical supervision. I studied with the University of Derby and graduated in 2009 with a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

| Advanced Signing |

I began learning a little about sign language almost twenty years ago. I was immediately drawn to this form of language and soon embarked upon training.

| Supporting Young People |

I have worked and have trained to work with children as young as 5 years and I now work with the little ones (5 – 11) in their school settings. In 2007 I was commissioned to set up and facilitate a young deaf persons (11-25 years) specialist counselling service.

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Baby & Parenting Expert, Speaker and Consultant

In addition to writing The Blossom Method™, I have written for Professor McAlpine, an australian parenting expert and author, a chapter in her latest volume (Inspired Children: How The Leading Minds Of Today Raise Their Kids).

I am a published researcher, a parenting and baby expert for two american based websites (30secondmom and Wisdio) and a global guest British mummy blogger. As a baby author/expert I have been invited to support with articles for Mother & Baby Magazine and have been asked to contribute as a baby expert, early years advisor, psychotherapist and parenting consultant to individual families, publications and organisations.

In addition I have been asked to work with parents whose children have disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy to address their non-verbal skills and support families in developing a deeper understanding of their children’s communication methods.

I am fluent to an advanced level in British Sign Language (BSL) and work with children, teens and adults who are both deaf and hearing.

Email me with your enquiries regarding consultation, public-speaking and appointing me as your expert.

Integrative Psychotherapy – Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute (SCPTI)

The integrative training course at SCPTI supports a relational-developmental approach to
Psychotherapy.
At its core the relational perspective integrates key components of Humanistic
Psychology, Object Relations Theory, Self-Psychology and Intersubjectivity Theory. The
developmental perspectives incorporates the work of Bowlby, Winnicot, Stern, Solonia and others.

The structure of the training is organised around four major components of psychotherapy
education: psychotherapy theory, clinical practice, clinical supervision and personal development
which includes personal psychotherapy.

The course, which is equivalent to post graduate masters level promotes an emphasis on clinical
skills, professional competence and personal growth.

The above information was taken from the SCPTI handbook issued to me in 2008.

On a personal note this training has supported my growth as a clinician and as such I have
developed new skills which I have added to my therapeutic ‘tool kit’. It is through this training I
have really embraced my history and my mother’s deafness. This has promoted my skills with body
language and non-verbal communication further than I could have anticipated.

For further information regarding Integrative Psychotherapy and Gestalt Psychotherapy training
please see www.scpti.co.uk

Psychodynamic Counselling – Goldsmiths – University of London

I undertook this two year clinical training and qualified in 2004. The training in Psychodynamic
Counselling covered the following elements:-

  • Developing the therapeutic alliance
  • Understanding the counselling relationship
  • Understanding client distress
  • The capacity for relationship
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Analysis of transference and countertransference
  • Clinical case management
  • Large group process
  • Levels of defence
  • Narcissism
  • The notion of development
  • Views from developmental psychology
  • Cause and meaning: constructing a narrative
  • Brief Psychodynamic Focused Work
  • Attachment and separation
  • ‘Borderline’ states of mind – assessment and prognosis
  • Depressive states
  • Psychotic states
  • Dream analysis
  • Counselling in a school settings
  • Jung and post-modernity
  • The existentialist counsellor
  • Working with endings

Above I have outlined some of the components of this two year training in addition to the above we
undertook several specialised workshops for example Oppression and Transcultural Counselling.

This initial training allowed me to develop a deeper understanding of psychotherapy and
counselling from a psychodynamic perspective.

In order to pass this training it was essential for me to display a deep understanding of
psychoanalytic psychotherapy theory and psychodynamic counselling demonstrated through
undertaking and passing the following assignments: two case study assignments (up to 4,000 words
each), one major theory essay (up to 7,000 words), one extended case study (up to 7,000 words),
two essays (up to 4,000 words) and through my supervised clinical practice (over 120 hours)
clinical supervisory reports and attendance at weekly personal psychotherapy.

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Baby Communication

I am interested in consultation and undertaking further research with primary caregivers (mothers,
fathers or carers) and babies to understand more about infant communication, in support of
promoting a secure attachment and in support of reducing anxiety between babies and their primary
caregivers.

This is an area I am deeply excited by and I feel incredibly connected to exploring further. I have
considered entering into a traditional doctorate programme and I have been offered potential places
to undertake this. This way of researching appeals less to me than gathering information from
you in the form of your observations. In order to ‘give birth to’ The Blossom Method™ – The
Revolutionary Way To Communicate With Your Baby From Birth and in addition to using my own
findings, I gathered data from parents across the globe.

I am interested in finding more out about your experience of baby communication, ‘tongue-talking’
and the success and difficulties encountered. Please join me on the blog for more discussion.

I am significantly attuned to non-verbal communication due to my upbringing and nurture with
deafness (specifically body language communication), but I also feel this is open to all with some
observation and insight training.

I look forward to all of your communication around this.

I am able to offer consultation and support to parents who have anxieties in relation to
communicating and understanding their baby. Remember, we bring with us our own history of our
upbringing to our parenting and this can often impact. I think sometimes we forget we may not
recall the details of our early experiences but the feelings and memories are held within our bodies
and minds.

Thus an expert eye to observe contact and communication could be all that you need to feel more
confident and less anxious around one another. Our work will serve you well both in ‘the now’ and
in the future.

For more information and enquiries please contact me via the website www.viviensabel.com/contact

Email me with your enquiries regarding consultation, public-speaking and appointing me as your expert.

Baby & Parenting Expert, Speaker and Consultant

In addition to writing The Blossom Method™, I have written for Professor McAlpine, an australian parenting expert and author, a chapter in her latest volume (Inspired Children: How The Leading Minds Of Today Raise Their Kids).

I am an award-winning baby book writer, a baby and parenting expert, contributor (and featured in) Mother & Baby, Tesco, Junior, Maternity & Infant, international, national and regional press etc. I am an advisory board member for two US based organisations both Smile At Your Baby and Braininsights® and a Media Advocate for Saying Goodbye UK. In addition I am a qualified and registered British Psychotherapist (UKCP).

In addition I have been asked to work with parents whose children have disabilities such as autism and cerebral palsy to address their non-verbal skills and support families in developing a deeper understanding of their children’s communication methods.

I am fluent to an advanced level in British Sign Language (BSL) and work with children, teens and adults who are both deaf and hearing.

Email me with your enquiries regarding consultation, public-speaking and appointing me as your expert.

Clinical Supervision

In support of my current practice, further learning and development I have undertaken study in the
field of clinical supervision. I studied with the University of Derby and graduated in 2009 with a
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision

THE FOUNDATIONS OF SUPERVISORY PRACTICE
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND THEORY IN CLINICAL
SUPERVISION
SUPERVISORY PRACTICE &
EVALUATION WITHIN AN ORGNISATIONAL CONTEXT

I have always deeply valued the work and input of my clinical supervisors and wanted to aim to
provide something similar for my supervisees with an extra focus upon non verbal communication
and expression of the body.

As with all of my services, I am able to provide clinical supervisory work with both deaf and hearing clinicians.

In all of my clinical training and specifically with Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute, I
have been encouraged to develop myself and embrace who I am in the work. I recognise the more
of me I bring, the better my work is. Please do not confuse this statement; my work is for my clients
and supervisees alike; I am simply being congruent, authentic, culturally present and self aware in
support of the clients and supervisees that select me for supporting them to support themselves and
others on their therapeutic journeys.

Although in the early stages of supervisory practice, I feel I have become an attuned supervisor with
a keen sense of feeling for clinical work. My understanding of integrative theory and supervisory
models supports the work significantly. One of my former supervisees spoke of feeling the work
and having deeply moving experiences both in the supervisory session and following our work.
I cannot ask for a better recommendation than the feedback I have thankfully received.

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Deaf People – Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision

I began learning a little about sign language almost twenty years ago. I was
immediately drawn to this form of language and soon embarked upon training.
I have undertaken British Sign Language CACDP training from Basic to Advanced.
I have BSL Level III. I also went onto study with the University of Bristol for
two years full-time to train as a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter. This
training was incredible. We undertook most (if not all) of our lectures in BSL. It
was an incredibly challenging and fruitful training. Here we undertook training
in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting; linguistics; socio-linguistics; deaf
people in society, understanding deaf culture and much more.

If you have accessed the personal story of my understanding of deafness, you
will know I am familiar with deafness from a personal perspective. My wonderful
mother is deaf and has had a significant degree of hearing loss for as long as I
can remember. My training, her deafness and my desire to understand this have
supported me to undertake extensive clinical work with the deaf community. I
have been working alongside SIGNHEALTH to provide a psychotherapy service
to members of the deaf community with various communication needs. Some
are BSL users; some use a form of sign language referred to as Sign Supported
English (SSE). I have been told that my cultural awareness and understanding of
issues in relation to the deaf community is appreciated.

I credit my mother with my depth of understanding. I credit myself for the
tenacity I have shown and still show with reference to understanding deafness,
understanding body language and developing non-verbal communication skills.

I have undertaken Level I training as a Deafblind Guide Communicator. I am able
to work with Deafblind people using ‘hands-on’ Sign Language.

I am able to offer both therapy and supervision in any form that may suit an
individual deaf person.

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Psychotherapy and Counselling with Young People

I have worked and have trained to work with children as young as 5 years and I
now work with the little ones (5 – 11) in their school settings. I have undertaken
an 18 month placement in primary education as a counsellor. I have been
employed as an educational sign language interpreter and I have worked in
further education as a support tutor working with young people with a variety of
issues. These experiences have allowed me to develop many skills in attuning to
the needs of young people. I have developed skills in supporting young people to
resolve their own issues through psychotherapy and counselling.

I have worked with young people supporting with issues in relation to
bereavement, stress, anger, relationship difficulties, managing parental
separation and divorce, disordered eating, body image problems, bullying, ADHD
and Aspergers Syndrome amongst others.

I am offering a psychotherapy service to young people (aged 11 and over). The
feedback from the young people with whom I have worked has been positive.
They have told me I am creative in this area of work. In addition to traditional
talking therapy I utilise music, art, craft and role-play, as well as non-verbal
attunement to enhance the work.

In order to write The Blossom Method™ – The Revolutionary way To
Communicate With Your Baby From Birth I have undertaken ‘informal’
global research gathering data from parents through the recording of their
observations of their own babies. This has been fascinating.

I have supported parents whose children have communicated in non-traditional
ways to ensure educational needs are met. I have produced clinical reports
for parents in support of professionals deepening their understanding of a
particular child and their communication choices.

Email me with your enquiries regarding consultation, public-speaking and appointing me as your expert.