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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
  • www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/13/my-husband-looks-at-pornography-while-hes-taking-care-of-our-baby-girl

  • What I Can Help You With

    One to One Counselling:

    I am experienced at working with people presenting with sex, gambling, alcohol and drug addictions; psychosexual issues; anxiety, bereavement, grief and loss, stress; 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. Further help for this can be found via:-



    Initial Consultation

    I offer an initial Consultation session for you to explore what counselling is all about and, what you would like to gain from the experience. If, after the initial Consultation, you feel that counselling is not for you at this time, you are under no obligation to continue.

    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 [email protected] and I will endeavour to respond to you within 24 hours.

    There are also Sex Addicts Anonymous Groups running in Southampton and Portsmouth which you can contact via saa-recovery.org.uk

    Other Therapists/Life Coaches

    For other therapists affiliated to this practice, please click on the "Other Therapists" link on the left-hand menu. Other therapists include a male Sex Addiction counsellor, another Sex Addiction/Psychosexual/EMDR counsellor, a Gestalt Counsellor/Life Coach, an ACT counsellor/Mind Coach and an Integrative counsellor, all of whom are highly recommended.

    Sometimes Mediation can complement counselling and I can recommend an experienced Mediator should this be a route that you wish to explore.


    Linda Van Beers

    Linda provides Mediation for any type of family dispute – separation, divorce, child access as well as neighbour disputes, workplace issues, LGBTQ disputes, landlord/tenant issues. If you have a dispute regarding your separation, divorce, child access or any other family matter, she will help you reach an agreement through mediation. She can also help with any disputes you have with your neighbours or at your place of work. She can be contacted by phone (01489) 559694 by text: (07754) 093684 or by email: [email protected] Please let Linda know if you contacted her through this website.

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

    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 (behind the wall opposite The Flying Dutchman pub) and on-road parking is also available in Oxford Street.

    The practice is also easily accessible by bus and the following bus stops are just a short walk away.

    Ocean Village Bus Stop, Canute Road (by the Admiral St Lucius Curtis pub) and
    Queens Terrace/Orchard Place stop (by the Bowling Green)

    City Red Bus 3 www.firstgroup.com/southampton
    First Buses 6, X4, X5 First Buses

    Bernard Street (by the Fortune Chinese Restaurant)
    City Red Bus 11 www.firstgroup.com/southampton

    Dockgate 4, Platform Road
    Unilink Bus No. 1 and Unilink Bus No. 6

    Click here for map of how to find Royal Mail House

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