Val O'Dea

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BA MBACP Online Supervisor/Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Ash Green GU12 & Guildford GU1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Currently offering online and telephone sessions I've shared the stories of human beings in pain and anxiety for over 20 years. It is a privilege. I've worked with individuals, couples and families, with company directors, prisoners, politicians and ordinary members of the public. And I've realised it doesn't matter who we are or where we come from, we all hurt, aspire and have the capacity to overcome. Based near Guildford in Surrey, I provide counselling and psychotherapy to clients and supervision to other counsellors throughout Surrey and Hampshire.

I provide a confidential environment in which you can feel secure to share your problems. I have both the robustness to hear traumatic testimony and the professional skills, empathy, compassion and warmth that will help recovery.

My role is to support you and help you to help yourself. I won't make you say anything but I will be there for whatever you want to share with me. I won't tell you how to feel and I will not argue with how you do feel. And I will respect your privacy, dignity, autonomy and confidentiality at all times.

I have experience of providing counselling for a wide range of problems, including:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Couples and family difficulties
  • Sexual and relationship difficulties
  • Addictions
  • Phobias
  • Bereavement
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Anger
  • Bullying
  • Diagnosed conditions such as Bi-Polar, terminal illness, dementia
  • Physical disability and discrimination

Training, qualifications & experience

  • B.A. Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma Integrated Humanistic Counselling
  • Certificate Counselling
  • Victim-Offender mediation trained
  • British Association Counselling & Psychotherapy Registered Member
  • Member College of Sexual & Relationship Therapists (COSRT)
  • Guest lecturer Surrey University - Psycho-sexual therapy
  • MacMillan Author
  • Executive Coach
  • Trainer/Consultant conflict resolution, assertiveness, team building, personal development, counselling & supervision
  • City & Guilds Assessor trained
  • Human Sexuality programme completed with the National Council of Psychotherapists

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)

COSRT is the UK’s leading membership organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues.

All members must abide by their Code of Ethics and the performance of accredited members is regularly monitored.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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From £85.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

£85 individuals
£95 couples
Families and groups by discussion

When I work

Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available (plus occasional weekends)

Further information

Counselling locations:

I provide counselling to clients across the Surrey and Hampshire area. My Ash Green counselling room has a view of the trees and birds which many people find peaceful and relaxing. Clients from the surrounding areas of Guildford, Godalming, Farnham, Aldershot, Camberley, Farnborough and Fleet tend to visit me here.  I also have access to counselling rooms in central Guildford and London (Knightsbridge) by prior arrangement.

Ash Green, Surrey, GU12

Guildford, GU1

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Property has 2 steps. Very happy to visit you for first session and offer the remainder by telephone or skype.

Online platforms



In person

My preferred approach is Person-Centred and my degree training was Integrated (e.

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