Val Hardy - Dip.Couns, Registered MBACP
Hello and welcome to my page.
Life can be hard; we can all find ourselves facing challenging life experiences at various times and can struggle with uncomfortable emotions. We may feel stuck, confused, overwhelmed ...
Would you like to talk to someone who can listen and understand with warmth and empathy?
Maybe you are currently facing relationship or family issues, bereavement or loss, stress, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression; perhaps you are feeling sad or experiencing shame or anger...
Or maybe you feel unfulfilled or simply have a sense that something is missing in your life...
Are you ready to focus on you?
I understand the courage it takes to decide to talk to someone. Maybe I can support you through this time... you don’t need to feel alone.
My way of working: I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. I provide individual Counselling to adults of all ages.
I recognise that making the decision to come to counselling can feel like a big step. I can offer you a safe and confidential space in which you feel heard and understood. My humanistic approach means that I respect your uniqueness as an individual and seek to understand how it is to be you in your world. I won't judge you or give you my solutions, since I believe you hold the answers to what is right for you. This doesn’t mean that I won’t offer gentle challenge if this is what you want.
Together we can focus on whatever is important to you, helping you to gain deeper insight and awareness of yourself and the challenges you face. My aim is that my calm and open approach will support you in exploring your thoughts and feelings, making sense of your situation and in making positive choices for a happier life.
As an integrative counsellor the 3 main modalities which form the foundation of my approach are Person-Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis (TA) which I use in a way best suited to you, your situation and what you hope to gain from counselling. I am also able to offer creative techniques.
I believe that one of the key factors in effective counselling is the quality of the therapeutic relationship between you and your counsellor. It can be difficult opening up about personal and painful issues. Choosing a counsellor who you feel comfortable with is important, someone with whom you can build a solid and trusting relationship. For this reason I offer a free no obligation 30 minute initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited), Wealden Psychology Institute.
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) and adhere to their Ethical Code of Practice.
I have worked as a bereavement counsellor and have also supported clients with anticipatory loss. I also work at the As You Are Centre in Southwick with clients experiencing a broad range of issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, abuse, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement .
Other relevant training:
- Hospice Bereavement Counsellor Training (St. Catherine's Hospice)
- Introduction to Suicide Intervention
- 1 in 4 Mental Health Awareness
- Understanding and Working with Self Injury
- Introduction to Anger Management techniques
- TA 101 (Transactional Analysis certificate)
- Trauma and Recovery
- Working with Dissociation
- LGBTQ Awareness
- Introduction to Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
- Working with the Inner Child
- Adult Developmental Stages
- Gestalt skills
My practice as a counsellor is I believe, enriched by life experience (I trained at a 'mature' age) as well as many years of face to face work with a diverse range of people and organisations. I have provided advocacy and emotional support to young adults with physical disabilities, as well as to parents and carers in my work with a national charity. I have also worked in social services, as well as with young people with specific learning and emotional needs in education and most recently in the NHS in a community rehabilitation service with adults of all ages affected by neurological conditions including stroke and long term conditions such as MS and Parkinsons.
I have always been passionate about working in a way which empowers individuals and I truly believe that personal growth and change are possible at any stage of life. My aim is to work alongside you, supporting you to uncover and progress along your own individual path towards healing, self-compassion, self-fulfillment and whatever you want your life to be.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life stages and changes
Grief and loss
Living with a neurological condition (e.g. Stroke, MS, Parkinsons)
My fee is £40 for a 50 minute session
I offer a free no obligation initial 30 minute consultation, which is an opportunity for us to meet and explore what you want from counselling. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have to help you decide if I am the right person for you to work with.
I offer some concessionary spaces to clients on a low income.
Sessions are held in Hurstpierpoint.
Free on street parking available close by.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently I am able to offer some weekday daytime sessions, Monday evenings and Saturdays.
Types of client