Guy Van de Walle, PhD, MBACP - Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Guy Van de Walle, PhD, MBACP - 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 going through life difficulties and challenges which you feel are dragging you down?
- Are you experiencing emotional turmoil and feeling stressed, anxious or depressed?
- Do you accumulate negative feelings such as sadness, anger, fear, guilt, frustration or hopelessness?
- Do you have low confidence or feel worthless and lonely?
- Does life feel meaningless 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 and empathise with others?

Here is a helping hand:

I am an experienced and highly qualified 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.

How can I help?

My pronounced ability to engage with and understand the reality of each individual allows me to effectively support my clients’ efforts to make sense of themselves, their lives and their issues. This understanding plays an essential role in helping 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. Ultimately, my competence as a therapist rests on years of experience and research (see my web site for further details).

How will you benefit?

Past clients report having gained valuable insights concerning their issues, themselves and others, as they have been enabled to identify what lies beneath the surface of things, uncover meaning, check their assumptions, make connections 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 my services, please consult my web site (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 14 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) since February 2013. I have almost 25 years of research experience in psychology, psychotherapy and other relevant domains.

Together, my practical and theoretical experiences contribute to the depth of my understanding of individuals and human beings in general 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 History of Ideas - deferred
  • MPhil in Sociology and History of Ideas (with distinction)
  • MA in Philosophy
  • BA in Philosophy
  • BA in Social Anthropology and History

I am a Registered Member of the BACP and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations


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.


For individuals: £50 per session

For couples: £80 per session

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

A 48 hour cancellation policy applies.

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 9.30 am to 7.00 pm (start). Appointments can be made via email (please leave a mobile number), text or telephone any day of the week between 9.30 am and 8.30 pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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