Val Shute MBACP, MBPsS, Adv. Diploma in Counselling

Val Shute MBACP, MBPsS, Adv. Diploma in Counselling



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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


Accredited register membership


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

Maps & Directions

Paignton, TQ3

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults