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Counselling in Southampton

Welcome to the Chameleon Counselling and Coaching website.

My name is Vanessa Oliver and I am a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor. I work Integratively with a Psychodynamic foundation. I trained as a Counsellor at Eastleigh College, Eastleigh, King Alfred's College, Winchester, the University of Southampton and the Centre for Psychosexual Health, London.

As an Individual Member of BACP I am bound by its Ethical Principles in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure therein. I am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists and the Hampshire Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Organisations I Have Worked With

I have worked as a Counsellor with:-

  • Southampton Counselling and Therapy Centre;
  • Alpha House Rehabilitation Centre (now Phoenix Futures Alpha Service), Droxford;
  • Options Counselling Service's Lymington and Southampton branches.
  • PPC Worldwide Employee Assistance Programme and Critical Incident De-Briefing.
  • Catch 22
  • What I Can Help You With

    One to One Counselling:

    I am experienced at working with conditions such as sex, gambling, alcohol and drug addiction, sexual and emotional abuse, psychosexual work, depression, anxiety, bereavement, grief and loss, stress, self-harming, improving self-confidence and self-esteem, sexuality, relationship problems either with a partner (whatever sex) or within your family (parents or children). Please enquire if you require something more individual, I would be happy to help.

    Addictive Sexual Behaviour Counselling

    Do you find yourself pre-occupied with pornography, chat-lines, sex outside your primary relationship, etc., to the extent that you lose hours of your time and may be neglecting your work, friends, relationships?

    If you would like some individual sex addiction counselling, please contact me for a confidental assessment appointment.

    NB: Not suitable for sex offenders.

    How You Can Contact Me

    For an informal chat about the service I provide please call me on (07812) 211115.

    If I am unable to answer you personally please leave a message on the ansaphone and I will ring you back as soon as I am able to. Alternatively, e-mail and I will endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours.

    There is also an Sex Addicts Anonymous Group in Southampton which you can contact via

    Leigh Brown

    Leigh is another psychosexual therapist at this practice who is very highly recommended. Leigh works with sex addiction, psychosexual, relationship and EMDR therapy. She can be contacted by phone (07882) 318016 or email Please let Leigh know if you contacted her via this website and please check with her for her fee structure.

    Kirsty van Lieshout
    Kirsty is a creative therapist and Life Coach. She works one-to-one and with couples. Kirsty is very creative in her approach and can often help people to access their psyche in a non-verbal way. She can be contacted by
    07919 28 66 92 or email Please let Kirsty know if you contacted her via this website and please check with her for her fee structure.


    The initial Consultation session will be for you to explore what counselling is all about and what you would like to get from the experience.

    If, after the Consultation, you feel that this is not what you require at this time, you are under no obligation to continue.

    A sliding scale operates with concessionary fees for students.

    Initial Consultation Session: Individual: 20.00 Couple: 30.00
    General counselling sessions: Individual: 40.00 Couple: 60.00
    Psychosexual counselling: Individual: 50.00 Couple: 60.00
    Sex Addiction counselling: Individual: 50.00


    Each counselling session will be a 50-minute hour and will generally be at the same time every week. We will start with 1-6 sessions and then review - your counselling can be as short or as long as you would like it to be. Both short-term and long-term work undertaken.

    Relaxation Group

    Stressed? Tired? Anxious? Spend all your time rushing around? Would you like to stop for an hour or so and put your feet up? The Chameleon Chill Out Zone is designed for you to take an hour out of your busy life and give yourself some self-care. Very friendly, small, informal group who explore different relaxation techniques as different things work for different people. Come along and try out guided meditations, cued relaxations, breathwork, chanting and trance meditations. The group starts with a general discussion, then around 30-45 minutes of relaxation techniques, followed by feedback of how you got on. No prior experience needed. Please feel free to request anything else that you would like to try. Group runs on the first Tuesday of the month 7-8.30 pm. Only 5. Come along and join in the chill out session.Please contact me for more details and come along and join in the chill out session.

    Alternatively, join as a member at and you will be sent regular emails and updates as to when the groups are running. This facility also allows you to RSVP to us to which session you would like to attend.

    Chameleon Counselling & Coaching
    Suite 38
    Royal Mail House
    Terminus Terrace
    SO14 3FD
    (07812) 211115

    The practice is directly opposite The Grand Cafe restaurant and is also within easy reach of Southampton, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, Romsey, Winchester by car, bus and train and the New Forest and the Isle of Wight by car or ferry.

    There is a public pay and display car park in College Street and on-road parking is also available in Oxford Street.

    The practice is also easily accessible by First Buses. Bus Nos. 3, X4, 5, X5, 6, 8, 11, 13 all stop at the Canute Road, Ocean Village bus stop. Unilink Bus No. 1 and Unilink Bus No. 6 both stop at Dock Gate 4, Platform Road, again just a very short walk from the practice.

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