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Dip.Counselling, Dip Hypno-psych registered member BACP

About me

Hi my name is Val, thanks for visiting my profile page.

I am an integrative counsellor offering individual counselling from a comfortable practice in Chester. Searching for a counsellor can seem daunting, so it is really important to find one who fits with you and understands the difficult issues life can bring.  I have experienced many difficulties throughout my life, and can bring that understanding into my work with you.

I am a registered member of the BACP, and adhere to their framework of ethics and good practice, including supervision and continued Professional development.

Are you Feeling overwhelmed, suffering anxiety/panic, depressed, emotional or stressed and need something to change?

Counselling can help, by talking through your problems, gaining a different perspective, identifying your needs and working together on how to change things for the better.

Emotional and physical distress can be exhausting, impacting on every area of our lives and affecting our health and well-being. Talking through these difficulties can bring about a sense of freedom and control, when things have previously felt overwhelming or hopeless.

You have already taken the biggest step, by seeking support. Whatever the reason you are here, as an empathic, non judgemental counsellor,  I will listen, accept and respect you. I will not tell you what to do, but will work with you to help reach a positive outcome. Whatever you bring to counselling is treated with complete respect and confidentiality.

How I Work

Being a qualified Integrative counsellor, allows me to use different models of therapy to tailor my support to your individual needs. Blending CBT , Psycho dynamic & person-centred approaches, I am able to help you to identify the difficulties you are experiencing, explore them in a safe confidential space, and support you to change it and move forward. We are all individuals so it is important to find the best approach to suit you and your needs. Counselling can help you to see clearly where your difficulties lie, and to change what is not working for you, allowing you to decide what is needed to improve your life.

I have experience of:

Primary health care through GP referrals,

Supporting blind and visually impaired client's, in a non for profit organisation

Working with adults of all ages with various mental health issues.

I have worked as a therapist with children & young people in a charitable organisation.

I have also worked within schools, providing counselling for students, with issues such as exam stress, bullying, anger, low self-esteem, low confidence, family breakdowns,divorce.


As well as counselling I am a qualified Hypnotherapy practitioner. Hypnotherapy interventions and techniques can enable us to work at a deeper level, helping to relieve stress and anxiety, build confidence and rid yourself of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. Hypnotherapy is also a great tool to promote deep relaxation.

Hypno-psychotherapy Is beneficial for phobias, anxiety, stress, confidence, smoking- cessation, and many others conditions.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling. (CPCAB)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. (CPCAB)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. (CPCAB)
  • Certificate Of Proficiency, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy (Practitioner)
  • I work with all ages from 16 years old for counselling, over 18 years old for Hypnotherapy.

I am committed to continually improving my skills and knowledge and have attended many courses to improve my professional development.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling Fees

Individual sessions £50 

Subsequent sessions:-

Individual fees are £50 per session.

Home visits are available (once assessed) £55 per session

Fees are payable by cash or bank transfer on day of each session.

Hypnotherapy fees

£50 per hour or £65 per 90 mins.

When I work

I am available flexible hours Mon - Fri and evenings if preferred. parking available

Chester, Cheshire, CH2

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Parking is available close by in Car park, also limited parking on road close to practice.