Viv Walkerdine is an experienced and qualified Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), working to their Code of Professional Ethics. Viv is also registered as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and is a member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists.


Viv worked in Social Care for over 20 years before training as a Psychotherapist. She worked in adult and child and family services where she gained substantial experience of working with mental distress, family conflict, relationship difficulties, trauma and abuse. 


Viv subsequently trained with the North West Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.This is an intensive training that takes place over several years. It includes personal therapy and work with clients under close supervision.

Viv has extensive experience of working within the NHS Mental Health Service, where she has specialised in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Within her private practice, Viv works with individuals, both adults and adolescents, in brief and longer term, more intensive therapies.


Viv also offers clinical supervision. 


Viv was Chair and Chair Elect of the North West Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy, for several years, until its closure in 2013. The aim of the Institute was to promote access to high quality psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the analytic understanding of individuals, groups and organisations. It provided training and continuous professional development opportunities.


Viv is currently a member of the Manchester D58 training development group. This is a small group of psychotherapists working in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, in order to develop a Foundation course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and maintain access to high quality training opportunities within the Northwest region.


Viv practises at Hampden House Psychotherapy Centre in Manchester; the Holistic Therapy Centre, Sole to Soul, in Bentham, North Yorkshire; and at The Highfield Practice, in Kendal, Cumbria