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About me

Hello, I'm Val. Welcome to my page.

Life can be hard and we are living in uncertain times. We can all find ourselves facing challenging life experiences and can struggle with uncomfortable emotions. We may feel stuck, confused, fearful, overwhelmed, angry, sad....

Talking to someone who can listen and understand with warmth and empathy and help you gain perspective, really can help.

You may be currently experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or low self-esteem or perhaps you are dealing with bereavement and loss, trauma, health challenges or relationship or family issues.

You may simply feel unfulfilled or have a sense that something is missing in your life...

Maybe now feels like the right time to focus on you? I understand the courage it takes to decide to talk to someone and take that first step. Maybe I can support you through this time...

My way of working: I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor. I provide individual Counselling to adults of all ages.

I can offer you a supportive 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 where this may be helpful.

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, open and collaborative 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 am also now offering Brainspotting, an approach which evolved out of EMDR and which can help access, process and release stuck and buried feelings and trauma that have been stored in the body and brain.

Please do feel free to contact me for an initial informal (no obligation) conversation to find out more and explore whether I might be the right counsellor for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited), Wealden Psychology Institute.

Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2 – BSP UK

I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) and adhere to their Ethical Code of Practice.

I have trained and worked as a bereavement counsellor, working also with anticipatory loss. I have worked at the As You Are Centre in Southwick with clients experiencing a broad range of issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, abuse, relationship difficulties, trauma, 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
  • Attachment
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Introduction to Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
  • Working with the Inner Child
  • Shame
  • Brainspotting Phase 1 & 2

My Background

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 am 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-fulfilment and whatever you want your life to be.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life stages and changes

Grief and loss

Living with long-term health issues including neurological conditions.


Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


My fee is £45 for a 50 minute session.

I offer some concessionary spaces to clients on a low income; please enquire if this is appropriate to you.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Sessions are held in Hurstpierpoint.

Free on street parking available close by.

Please note:

I am currently taking on clients for online counselling via Zoom and telephone counselling. I hope to be able to offer face to face sessions again when it feels safe to do so.

West Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Currently I am able to offer weekday daytime and evening sessions and Saturdays.

Types of client

Older adults
Val Hardy - Dip.Couns, Registered MBACP

Val Hardy - Dip.Couns, Registered MBACP