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


Are your objectives to:

  • develop a deeper understanding of yourself, your feelings and your issues;
  • free yourself from mental confusion and emotional turmoil which prevent you from being fully functional and living your life;
  • overcome the challenges of life, the traumas, the hurts, the abuse, the fears, and find greater inner peace as well as the energy and drive to live your life;
  • turn the page over a life of deprivation of love and acceptance, and leave behind you the pain and shadows of neglect, inadequacy and rejection;
  • make more sense of your life and of life in general, including death;
  • challenge the false self which you have created for the sake of adapting to the surrounding world and overcome self-repression;
  • find who you are, what your purpose in life really is, what life is about;
  • address your relationship issues, feel able to create and maintain “healthy” relationships;
  • find a therapist who really gets you and helps you achieve your goals.

I can help.

Welcoming you

First of all, I would like to make you feel at ease. When we meet, I will welcome you with an open mind and an open heart, in a completely non-judgmental way. I will welcome the whole of you, with all your thoughts, feelings, deeds and personality traits. I will welcome what you see as your strengths as well as what you see as your shortcomings. I will move beyond the superficial and relate to You, making you feel both visible and understood, and in the process help you become more visible to yourself and others while showing you that it is liberating and safe to do so.

How I work & what you get

I work interactively and collaboratively. You will be able to freely express your thoughts and emotions (confidentially, of course). I will gently engage with you in discussions and facilitate an in-depth dialogue to help you explore yourself, your personality, your life and your issues. By listening to you but also by asking you questions, challenging your assumptions and making suggestions, I will help you progress in your understanding of yourself and your life, as well as of life in general. This understanding will trigger various changes in the way you feel and behave. It will also provide a foundation for the implementation of further changes, as you move on. Importantly, it will allow you to rediscover (or discover for the first time) who you really are as well as your inner worth and lovability.

If there is a promise that I can make you, it is that at the end of your therapy with me, which can be short or long term, you will find yourself in a place where you have never been before. You will feel freer and empowered. You will feel better equipped to embrace your life and live it more fully.

My credentials

To support our work, I rely on strong credentials. I am highly experienced and qualified (see below). All my adult life, I have been deeply committed to my own personal and professional development. My long term research activities in psychology and other relevant domains, such as social sciences and philosophy, have made a big contribution.

What issues do I deal with?

I cover most psychological and emotional issues, as you will see from the lists further down the page.

Who do I see?

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 being a theory builder (which I am) rather than a theory follower (which is the general model in my profession) to facilitate deep and effective 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.

As you will see from the list below, I am highly qualified and possess a unique set of qualifications. In addition, I have 27 years of research experience in psychology, psychotherapy, social sciences, philosophy and other relevant domains, which provide my practice with a strong and solid foundation.

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

Together, my practical and theoretical experiences contribute to the depth of my understanding of my clients as individuals and human beings, as well as to the soundness of my therapeutic approach.

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