Val Smith - MBACP Reg Dip. Couns

Val Smith - MBACP Reg Dip. Couns

Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
AB25

07787 307854

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Aberdeen
Aberdeenshire
AB25

07787 307854

About me

Sometimes the stresses and strains of everyday life can be difficult to cope with alone. I recognise that it can be challenging to take that leap and seek the help of a counsellor.  I have a strong desire to come alongside clients in order to journey with them as they progress towards a better understanding of their life issues.  I am naturally empathic and strive to listen well.

I aim to provide a confidential and supportive space in which clients can explore their issues in a safe environment. I work in an integrative style, which combines Person centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), offering a service which aims to meet the needs of the client. I seek to establish a collaborative relationship in order to focus on your uppermost concerns.  Perhaps short-term focus on a particular issue is of interest to you, rather than long-term in-depth therapy – this too is available. I work with many different areas including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • self esteem
  • bereavement
  • abuse
  • stress
  • eating disorders

I have always held an interest in helping others with life issues and this led me to retraining as a counsellor. I began my journey towards qualification as a counsellor by completing an Introductory course at Quiet Waters Falkirk back in 2007 where I was working as a listener with a UK-wide telephone helpline. I went on to complete my counselling diploma whilst working within the oil industry which has given me an understanding of the strains of working in a fast-paced environment.

I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and consider confidentiality to be of the utmost importance.  Furthermore, I conform to the BACP Code of Ethics and Good Practice. My application for Accreditation is currently with BACP for consideration. I regularly participate in continuing practice development (CPD) in order to keep my skills up-to-date and relevant to my client group. 

Skype counselling may be of interest to you if distance is an issue (providing a good computer link is available).  Contact me to discuss further.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Training/Qualifications
  • 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
  • Experience
  • Self-Employed Counsellor: Generic Counsellor
  • Hope Counselling Aberdeen: Generic Counsellor
  • Hope Counselling Aberdeen: Core Management Team member
  • Hope Counselling Aberdeen: Student Line Manager
  • Mearns Counselling Kincardineshire Community Hospital Stonehaven: NHS Counselling (GP referrals)
  • Cairns Counselling Aberdeen: Generic Counsellor
  • Quiet Waters Falkirk: Telephone Counsellor offering a listening service to those with life issues

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

£40 per 50 minute face-to-face session
£35 per 50 minute Skype session
£30 per 50 minute telephone session

Further information

is within Aberdeen city centre with free parking available.
I hold a current PVG Disclosure Scotland check.

Maps & Directions

Aberdeen, AB25

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I currently have various slots available throughout the week, please contact me to discuss mutually agreeable times. If I am unavailable, I will call you back.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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