Val Smith - MBACP (Accredited) Dip. Couns
0780 449 8648
Hi, I’m Val Smith,
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor with over 9 years experience. I have a deep interest in helping others with life issues which led me to train as a counsellor. I seek to create a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space for clients to come along and explore their concerns. I am naturally empathic and want clients to know that I am journeying with them as I listen carefully to their concerns.
I work with many issues in counselling, including: Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger, bereavement/loss, trauma, stress, abuse, eating disorder and others.
Why Counselling? During difficult times things can sometimes seem somewhat overwhelming. Counselling provides you with the opportunity to talk through your feelings and concerns in a safe, supportive space. Exploring feelings in this way can be very helpful in identifying underlying issues. Sometimes negative repeating patterns of thoughts or behaviours are identified with the aim of working together towards making positive changes to these. Perhaps past thoughts and feelings are affecting the present? It can be helpful to explore these too in order to make the changes you’d like to see happening in your life.
How I work? I work with adults as an integrative counsellor, which involves a mix of Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I understand that it is important to work with you in a way which feels comfortable for you and may use different approaches depending on your needs. We would seek to build a therapeutic relationship of trust so that you can feel safe to share in a manner which feels right for you. I would seek to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and of the issues you bring to counselling. Clients are often empowered as they learn new life-skills/techniques in the counselling process.
Counselling sessions usually take place on a weekly basis and each session lasts 50 minutes. The first session is a time of exploration where we can get to know each other and then decide if I would be the right counsellor for you. I’d be interested in finding out what you would like to achieve from counselling and will explain how the counselling process works. Initially I would suggest meeting for 4 consecutive weekly sessions with a review after that period. Some clients prefer a short-term approach, whilst others find it beneficial to take sessions on a longer-term basis.
Skype or telephone counselling are both options (provided good links are available). Please contact me to discuss further.
Professional Regulating Body: I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their code of Ethics and Good Practice. I am mindful of BACP's Confidentiality regulations and take particular care to safeguard my records in accordance their guidelines. I keep my skills up to date with continued professional development training (CPD)
Training, qualifications & experience
- BACP AccreditatIon
- BACP Registered Member
- Vital Connexions, Edinburgh: COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling
- The Centre of Therapy, Glasgow: SCOTACS CBT Toolkit SVQF Level 8
- Quiet Waters, Falkirk: Introduction to Counselling
- Self-Employed Counsellor (Face-to-face, Telephone & Skype)
- Hope Counselling Aberdeen: Centre Director; Counsellor; Student Mentor
- Robert Gordon’s University: Student Counsellor
- Mearns Counselling Kincardineshire Community Hospital Stonehaven: NHS Counselling (GP referrals)
- Cairns Counselling Aberdeen:Counsellor
- Quiet Waters Falkirk: Telephone Counsellor offering a listening service to those with life issues
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£40 per 50 minute face-to-face session
£35 per 50 minute Skype session
£30 per 50 minute telephone session
I hold a current PVG Disclosure Scotland check.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Please note that I am relocating to Inverness in November, therefore currently not available to take new clients.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|