Valerie Cunningham MBACP Accred,. UKCP Reg., HPC REg., STA., EATA

Valerie Cunningham MBACP Accred,. UKCP Reg., HPC REg., STA., EATA

Tunbridge Wells

01892 529903

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About me

Most of us reach points in our lives when we need someone outside our immediate circle to listen carefully to understand our distress and dissatisfaction. Does this touch a chord in you? If so, therapeutic counselling or psychotherapy may help.

Sessions provide an opportunity to share your concerns with a qualified and experienced professional in a confidential and comfortable setting.

I have worked in private practice since 1985. My considerable experience and insight enables me to work with a wide range of presenting difficulties. I provide short and longer term counselling between 6 - 30 sessions. Psychotherapy is also available for those with complex difficulties which require longer to resolve. When this is the case periodic reviews will be part of the therapy.
Overall, I offer a reliable, consistent therapeutic relationship in which clients can learn to accept themselves, live in the world realistically and enjoy their work and relationships.

I am recognised as a creative, warm, well-boundaried, trustworthy therapist who has a commitment to sound, professional practice.

Short & Longer Term Therapy

My short term work provides a focussed approach which enables you to tap into your inner resources to resolve immediate problems in order to improve communication and decision-making skills.

For longer term therapy, my approach is rooted in the psychodynamic, relational approach which focusses on the process between us in the present, which can replicate past experiences of key relationships. The combination of both the transferential and real relationships lies at the heart of our work.

When required, creative arts methods are available which can facilitate the therapeutic process.

I am recognised for referrals by Bupa, Axa PPP, Ceridian and Aviva private healthcare insurance groups.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Qualifications & Affiliations
2010 Certificate in CBT Skills Awarded by The Grove Practice Ltd. London

2008 United Kingdom Independent Counsellor (UKCR)

2005 Supervising Transactional analyst awarded by European Transactional Analysis Association (EATA) & recognised by International TA Association (ITAA)

2002 & 1999 respectively, Accredited Counsellor & Trainer British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is a national register which requires evidence based hours of supervised practice.

1990 Certified Transactional Analyst psychotherapist (CTA) awarded by the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA)

1985 Qualified Art Therapist (BAAT) awarded by Hertfordshire College, registered with Health Professional Council (HPC).

1969 Qualified in Painting & Drawing awarded by Royal Academy Schools, Piccadilly
Endorsed as a Qualified teacher for all age groups

Professional Registration

2005 Health Professional Council : registered Art therapist

1990 United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) in the Humanistic Integrative Section

I follow the codes of ethics and professional practices as outlined by the UKATA, UKCP, BAAT, BACP and HPC organisations.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Attachment issues
Childhood-adult trauma
Creative blocks
Personal & work dissatisfaction
Life crises


Initial Meeting & Fees

We have an initial meeting to assess your needs and mutually agree to a therapeutic plan. Any future sessions will generally be at the same time and day on a weekly basis. Counselling and psychotherapy fees are realistic. Some concessions are available.

I hope you will find answers to many of your questions here, but you can contact me without obligation via either email or telephone if you have any other questions or would like to make an appointment.

Further information

You are welcome to visit my web site for further details about the additional services I provide.

Maps & Directions

Tunbridge Wells, TN2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified