Guy Van de Walle PhD - Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Psychologist

Guy Van de Walle PhD - Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Psychologist


07475 520 419

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07475 520 419

About me


Some of the objectives I can help you achieve are:

  • overcoming anxiety, depression or excessive stress;
  • making more sense of your life as well as yourself, your feelings and thoughts, replacing confusion with clarity;
  • developing a more peaceful relationship with your past, as an adult and/or as a child;
  • finding who you truly are and exploring how getting closer to your true self can enhance your life;
  • dealing with identity issues, whatever their nature;
  • recovering lost meaning, purpose and drive in everyday life;
  • overcoming feelings of inadequacy and growing self-esteem and confidence;
  • overcoming fears, abuse, traumas, hurts, guilt, and developing inner peace;
  • overcoming sexuality and/or gender issues;
  • processing loss and grief, or any other deep emotions and feelings;
  • making sense of life and death, and reflecting on your life purpose;
  • making sense of and dealing with an addiction or a so-called “personality disorder”;
  • addressing relationship issues and feeling able to create and maintain “healthy” relationships.

See below to complete the list of issues.

How I work & what you get

By working with me, you will be able to freely express your thoughts, your feelings and emotions (confidentially, of course), whatever they are. I will welcome you, the whole of you, and everything you say in a completely non-judgmental way.

I mostly work interactively and collaboratively. Therefore, unless what you require is a listener, I will usually engage with you in discussions and facilitate an in-depth dialogue to examine and explore your issues. By offering you a quality of listening but also by gently asking you questions in order to go deeper, and by challenging your assumptions and making suggestions in order to expand your ways of looking at things, I will help you engage in cognitive and emotional work which is therapeutically and developmentally significant. In this context, I will also help you make sense of things, starting with the issues which brought you to therapy (or coaching), and develop your understanding of yourself and your life.

To support this work, I will draw on carefully selected elements of existing psychotherapeutic theories and more widely on my own theoretical work, which on many aspects is more advanced and up to date. Your new insights will be instrumental in changing the way you feel and, where relevant, the way you live or do things. As is often the case, your insights may also allow you to rediscover (or discover for the first time) who you truly are as well as your inner worth and lovability, and approach life with a renewed sense of self. At the end of your therapy with me, which can be short or long term, you will feel enlightened, freer, empowered and more peaceful. You will feel better prepared to embrace your life and live it more fully.

My credentials

I am highly qualified and experienced (see below). In addition, I have been involved in academic research for 27 years. My research activities in psychology, psychotherapy and other relevant domains such as social sciences, philosophy (both western and eastern) and the spiritual traditions, have allowed me to develop a very effective and accurate model of the human psyche and human psychological life which provides a solid foundation for my therapeutic interventions (see clients' testimonies on my website).

Who do I see?

I work equally well with female and male clients, who enjoy the human qualities that I, as a human being, can demonstrate and deploy without being hindered or limited by my gender.

I see individual and couples. You must be at least 16 years old.

Where and how?

I work from my private practice in Chelmsford, close to the city centre, with parking available and easy access by bus or train (the station is only a 15 minutes’ walk). The room and the house in which my practice is situated have a calming and positive energy.

Sessions are usually on a weekly basis and last 50 minutes. The frequency of meetings can be increased on request. The initial meeting to discuss your requirements will not commit you to further sessions unless you wish to proceed.

To find out more

If you wish to learn more about me and my services, please consult my website (link above) or contact me directly for a non-committing discussion over the phone or by email. I will be very happy to answer any queries you may have.

On my website

As well as presenting myself and my services in greater depth, I discuss the tremendous advantages of grounding my practice in my research activities. Being a theory builder rather than a theory follower (which is the general model in my profession) allows me to offer far more effective and responsive solutions to support therapeutic and developmental work.

You will also find a comprehensive FAQ page where I cover the main questions and concerns that one may have prior to getting involved in therapy.

Finally, testimonials from former clients will give you valuable information about what working with me feels like.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have 16 years experience in private practice and have been working for two counselling organisations, namely Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS) and Renew (ex. West Ham Central Mission, WHCM) between February 2013 and April 2016.

Relevant qualifications include:

PhD & MSc in Psychology
Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited course)
PhD in Philosophy & Sociology - deferred
MPhil in Philosophy & Sociology (with distinction)
MA & BA in Philosophy
BA in History & Social Anthropology

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Search for meaning, mid-life crisis, identity issues, fear of death, social-cultural exclusion, isolation, loneliness, feeling of inadequacy, exploration of spirituality, spiritual development.


The following fees apply:

Individuals: £60 (concessions available)
Couples: £80

Fees are negotiable depending on income and situation. Please inquire.

A cancellation policy applies (see my website for details).

Further information

For further details concerning my services, please consult my website: (link next to my picture on top of this page).

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: French


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekday appointments between 3.00 pm and 8.00 pm. Appointments can be made via email (please leave a mobile number), text or telephone. Calls are welcome between 9.30 am and 8.45 pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults