Vivian is a Gestalt psychotherapist, specialising in Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy (IOPT), the trauma work developed by Professor Franz Ruppert.
She has been a practising psychotherapist since 1989, and met Professor Ruppert in 2004, and has been a student of his work since then. Her work has been entirely focused on Identity Oriented Psychotrauma Therapy as a psychotrauma therapist for the last 15 years.
She has written one book on Family Constellations, and two books on the topic of IOPT, The Heart of Things in 2013, and Becoming Your True Self in 2014 (revised and updated in 2016 and 2017). The latter book has been translated and published in Dutch, German and Russian. Vivian is due to publish her fourth book, Trauma & Identity, a textbook on IOPT Theory and Practice, in July (Green Balloon Publishing).
She also managed and edited the translation of all of Ruppert's books into English, all of which have been published by Green Balloon Books, a publishing business she started up with John Mitchell in 2008.
Vivian is one of the foremost practitioners of IOPT and currently sees her most important function as teaching IOPT theory and practice, and supporting students in their education and development into skilful practitioners. Like Professor Ruppert, she sees IOPT as a global movement that offers an opportunity for peace and peaceful solutions, and feels committed to supporting this movement.
In her private life Vivian owns a property in Wiltshire, UK, with a small amount of land where she has planted a woodland and explores issues of rewilding and allowing nature to follow its own course, along with a Permaculture style 'forest garden'. She keeps bees, Buff Orpington chickens and has four sheep, two of which are registered rare breed primitive Soays, with a view to breeding and supporting the bloodline.