Guy Van de Walle PhD - Accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist & Psychologist
I offer therapy and personal development to individuals and couples. With great experience and exceptional credentials (see below), I provide a service which stands out by its quality and effectiveness.
Supporting you in a time of crisis and change
The situation created by the corona virus COVID-19 is deeply affecting our lives, one way or another. For some, it generates fear and anxiety. It also triggers many questions and doubts, concerning the future of our world, but also our future. For many of us, it is a time and an opportunity to (re-)examine and reassess ourselves and our lives, and possibly also the world around us, which is deeply changing and which requires more than ever to be made sense of.
How we can meet
Meetings can take place face to face in my garden under a wooden gazebo which provides shelter, or in a park near my practice. Alternatively, we can meet through video communication (e.g., Skype, WhatsApp) or the telephone.
Are you looking for help with any of the following?
- overcoming anxiety, depression, panic attacks, 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 and origin
- 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 can help you...
By working with me, you will be able to freely and confidentially express your thoughts, feelings and emotions, whatever they are. I will welcome you, the whole of you and everything you say in a completely non-judgmental way. My approach is warm, engaged and direct with a focus on utilising the therapist-client relationship to advance the therapy.
My ways of working involve encouraging you to think more deeply. I work interactively and collaboratively. Therefore, outside those times during which it is more appropriate that I listen quietly, I will engage with you in discussion and facilitate an in-depth dialogue with a view to examine and explore your issues. By gently asking you questions, by challenging some of your assumptions and by making suggestions for interpretation, I will help you go deeper and refine your ways of looking at things.
To support this work, I draw on carefully selected elements of existing psychotherapeutic theories as well as my own research and theoretical work, which on many aspects is more advanced and up to date. In addition to psychotherapy, I possess an extensive knowledge of other relevant domains and disciplines which make a significant contribution to my understanding of human psychology (see training & qualifications below).
Our journey of exploration will allow you to progressively make sense of things, starting with the issues which brought you to therapy. You will develop a greater understanding of yourself, your personality, your feelings and your thought processes. You will also reach a better understanding of your life and your relationships with others and the world around you. Using your newly gained insights, you will then naturally uncover ways of moving forward. As is often the case, as part of this process you may rediscover (or discover for the first time) who you truly are as well as your inner worth, 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.
Who are my clients?
I work with male and female clients, individuals (16+) and couples.
Where do the sessions take place?
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 calm and positive energy.
When do the sessions take place?
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.
What happens next?
If you wish to learn more about me and my services, please consult my website 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.
You can call or text me on: 07475 520419 or click here to send me an email.
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Training, qualifications & experience
I have 18 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.
I have been involved in academic research for 27 years. My research has covered many disciplines which include psychotherapy, psychology, social sciences, philosophy (both western and eastern) and the spiritual traditions. Combined with my in-depth knowledge of psychotherapeutic theories, my research activities have allowed me to develop a very accurate model of the human psyche and human psychological life. This model provides a strong foundation for my therapeutic interventions which most of my clients find highly effective, as demonstrated by the testimonials on my website.
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Search for meaning
- mid-life crisis
- identity issues
- fear of death
- social-cultural exclusion
- feeling of inadequacy
- exploration of spirituality
- spiritual development.
The following fees apply:
Individuals: £60 - Concessions are available at £50
A cancellation policy applies (see my website for details).
For further details concerning my services, please consult my website: www.guyvandewalle.co.uk
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.