Valerie Hilsley psychotherapist/counsellor BPC and FPC

Valerie Hilsley psychotherapist/counsellor  BPC and FPC

1 Chelmerton Avenue
Great Baddow

0788 7785502

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About me

Are you looking for someone you can trust, where it will feel safe?
I am qualified to a high professional standard and I work in a very peaceful and confidential setting, near the town centre.

My approach is based on the psychodynamic model, which recognises that problems often have their roots in childhood upbringing.  I will help you to change negative thought patterns and ways of behaving which impact badly on your life and relationships.  You will grow in self awareness and gain new insight into your difficulties, assisting positive change. You will gain confidence in yourself, in your relationships and in your decision making.
I can offer a focussed approach of 6-12 sessions, or longer term work, depending on your needs.

Whatever is on your mind, call me to arrange an initial meeting when we can decide together how I might help.

I offer specialised help to people who are anxious and/or depressed, suffering low self esteem and confidence.  These can impact badly on relationships and your ability to work. I have worked in a psychotherapy department headed by a psychiatrist.

I have expertise in abuse cases and those suffering domestic violence.  I have work experience from working for "Women's Aid."

I specialise in relationship difficulties, which includes couple work.  I previously worked as a marriage guidance counsellor for "Marriage Care".

I am able to draw on significant experience from my current work as a psychotherapist/counsellor, as well as my previous work as a social worker and probation officer.

I work with  trainees on counselling courses, and I am attached to a Counselling network in Chelmsford.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist/Counsellor, with advanced counselling skills.
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Studies and a WPF therapy Advanced Diploma in
Psychodynamic Counselling.

WPF therapy is a leading training institution, well known for its clinical and academic excellence.

I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Chelmsford Counselling Foundation affiliated to WPF therapy

I have an Honours Degree in social work, from Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, and a Post-Graduate Teaching Certificate, from Goldsmiths College, London.

I have worked in schools, in the health service and within the probation service and social care settings. I have worked in the voluntary sector as a marriage guidance counsellor with over 8 years experience.


I am  on the BPC register, (The British Psychoanalytic Council) a leading professional body in the country which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, demonstrating a committment to high professional standards, to enhance safety and delivering a better service.
I am also a member of FPC, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, the academic body of WPF therapy.
I abide by their codes of ethics, and undertake continuous professional development, which is a requirement of membership.

Other qualifications
Certificate in "Working with the Couple in Mind," 2010,
Certificate in Assessment Skills, 2011, both from WPF Therapy, London.

BA in French and History.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I aim to help people  develop their general well-being and confidence and to lead healthier, more enriching lives.
I work with a wide range of issues, but I have expertise in working with abuse victims, and those suffering from damaging environments and relationships.


Initial assessment interview £50
Ongoing counselling £50
Couple counselling £60

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Further information

Free parking is available and access to excellent bus routes nearby.  I am within walking distance of the town centre.

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM2 9RE

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: I speak French.


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I can offer daytime & evening appointments. Short term work of 6-12 sessions is available or longer term work dependent on your needs. I currently have a morning and evening space available.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults