Guy Van de Walle, PhD, Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Guy Van de Walle, PhD, Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, Psychologist


07475 520 419

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07475 520 419

About me

Does any of this describe your current situation or psychological state?

- Are you experiencing emotional turmoil and feeling stressed, anxious or depressed?
- Are you going through life difficulties and challenges which you feel are dragging you down?
- Have you experienced traumatic events, recently or in the past, which you still find troublesome and overwhelming?
- Do you accumulate negative feelings such as sadness, anger, fear, guilt, frustration or hopelessness?
- Do you have low confidence or feel worthless and inadequate?
- Does life feel meaningless, lacking purpose, on top of being too difficult to cope with?
- Are you finding your feelings not only overwhelming but also difficult to express and make sense of?
- Have you lost touch with life and with yourself and would like to reconnect?
- Would you like to understand what is not working in your relationships and why?
- Would you like to work out what is going on in your couple?
- Would you like to improve your ability to communicate your thoughts and feelings effectively?
- Would you like to increase your awareness of boundaries and develop your ability to manage these effectively?

Here is a helping hand:

I am an experienced, highly qualified and accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and psychologist offering counselling to individuals and couples for short or long term therapy. As you can see from the list further down the page, I cover most psychological and emotional issues.

By working with me, you will be able to freely express your thoughts and emotions in a confidential and safe environment. Emotionally supportive, non-judgemental and empathetic, I will help you explore and reflect on what is going on in your life and within yourself which is troubling you, and facilitate your journey of healing and development.

How can I help?

My in-depth understanding of human psychology and my ability to acceptantly embrace and give meaning to every aspect of an individual's psychological life allow me to effectively support my clients’ efforts to make sense of themselves, their lives and their issues, and reach a place of acceptance. The emergence of meaning and understanding play an essential role in enabling individuals to identify opportunities and strategies for positive change and transformation, and ways of implementing such change.

Human needs are often complex. In order to meet yours, my ways of working are individually tailored and carefully chosen. Widely trained and knowledgeable, I use the most appropriate and effective approaches and methods made available by all the major counselling and psychotherapeutic traditions. My competence as a therapist rests on many years of experience and research, and a strong and lifelong commitment to my own personal and professional development (see my website for further details).

How will you benefit?

Past clients report having gained valuable new insights concerning their issues, themselves and others, as they have been enabled to identify what lies beneath the surface of things, uncover and reveal their meaning, check and where necessary challenge their assumptions, be more aware of the connections between things and see the bigger picture. They also report having developed a greater sense of acceptance, personal worth and purpose, and a heightened sense of empowerment and freedom. Most importantly, they find that they have made significant progress towards a resolution or better management of their issues, whether this concerns their emotional state, their perception of things, their personal identity and sense of self and/or the management of their boundaries (the list is not exhaustive).

Where and how?

I work from my private practice in Chelmsford, close to the city centre, with parking available and easy access by bus or train (the station is only a 15 minutes’ walk). The room and the house in which my practice is situated have a calming and positive energy, which visitors often notice.

Sessions are usually on a weekly basis and last 50 minutes. The frequency of meetings can be increased on request. The initial meeting to discuss your requirements will not commit you to further sessions unless you wish to proceed.

Find out more...

If you wish to learn more about me and my services, please consult my website (link above) or contact me directly for a non-committing discussion over the phone or by email. I will be very happy to answer any queries you may have.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 15 years experience in private practice. In addition to this, I have been working for two counselling organisations, namely Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS) and Renew (ex. West Ham Central Mission, WHCM) between February 2013 and April 2016. I have 25 years of research experience in psychology, psychotherapy, social sciences and other relevant domains.

Together, my practical and theoretical experiences contribute to the depth of my understanding of my clients as individuals and human beings as well as to the soundness of my therapeutic approach.

Relevant qualifications include:

  • PhD in Psychology
  • MSc in Psychology
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (BACP accredited course)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (BACP accredited course)
  • Award in Counselling Concepts (BACP accredited course)
  • PhD in Sociology and Philosophy - deferred
  • MPhil in Sociology and Philosophy (with distinction)
  • MA in Philosophy
  • BA in Philosophy
  • BA in Social Anthropology and History

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Search for meaning, mid-life crisis, identity issues, fear of death, social-cultural exclusion, isolation, loneliness, feeling of inadequacy, exploration of spirituality, spiritual development.

Please note that I only work with adults and young people who are at least 16 years old.


For individuals: £50 per session

For couples: £80 per session

Fees are negotiable depending on income and situation. Please enquire.

A cancellation policy applies (see my website for more details).

Further information

For further details concerning my services, please consult my website: (link next to my picture on top of this page). There, amongst other things, you will find information on the following topics:

  • What your experience of working with me will look like
  • Which theories do I use?
  • A word on CBT
  • A different perspective on psychological suffering
  • What are the differences between counselling and psychotherapy?
  • What determines the success of counselling / psychotherapy?
  • Does starting a therapy mean that I am weak and without control over myself and my life?
  • Reading list
  • My research activities

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Weekday appointments from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm (start), plus Friday am. Appointments can be made via email (please leave a mobile number), text or telephone. Calls between 9.30 am and 8.30 pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults