About me

I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist.  Prior to obtaining my counselling qualification I studied Psychology.I am a good listener and have spent many years in the voluntary sector as a Counsellor both on the phone and face to face, specialising in children's issues, learning disability, mental health, general disability and carers.

I am a trained Gestallt  Counsellor.  Gestallt counselling is an experiential and humanistic form of therapy that was developed by Fritz and Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940's as an alternative to conventional counselling.  Creative and experiential techniques are used to enhance self-awareness.  I have also undertaken further training in the use of CBT, TA and Sand Play and I feel that a selection of styles rather than one individual style is the best method of counselling.

Counselling is very individual and I work with my clients to find the method that best suits them; this can include counselling in the home environment

I have passed my 'Certificate of Proficiency',  a requirement by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy for registration as an indication that their standards have been met.

I offer clients a safe environment in which to work, privacy dignity and self respect.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Honours) in Psychology
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
Secretarial Certificates
NVQ4 in Health and Social Care
Dementia Master Class Training

Registered Member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Registered Member of The British Psychological Society

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.


Additional information

Introductory session: £10.00 for 50 minutes
thereafter £30.00 per session of 50 minutes
Concessionary rates for people on benefits of £20.00

Further information

Sessions are 50 minutes


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Val Shute

Val Shute