Val Smith - MBACP (Accredited) Dip. Couns
Hello my name is Val Smith,
Sometimes life events are challenging and can seem a bit overwhelming. You might be feeling at a loss as to what to do. Maybe your mind is full to overflowing with so many mixed emotions just swirling around inside. Perhaps counselling could help?
I can offer you a safe, warm, non-judgemental and confidential space for you to explore what is troubling you. I am an integrative counsellor which means that I like to work in a way which suits you best. Whether that means talking things through; or perhaps looking at more creative ways in order to help you to make sense of whatever is causing distress.
Sometimes negative repeating patterns of thoughts or behaviours can be identified with the aim of working together towards making positive changes to these. Perhaps troubling past thoughts and feelings are popping up and affecting the present? It can be helpful to explore these too if you’d like to.
How I work?
I work with adults (over the age of 16) as an integrative counsellor, which involves a mix of Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is central to bringing about effective change. I would seek to journey with you in exploring your inner thoughts and feelings as you look for answers.
I have varied experience (detailed below) and work with many issues in counselling, including: Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, anger, bereavement/loss, trauma, stress, abuse and others. Please feel free to contact me if you don't see what's troubling you listed here and we can arrange to have an informal chat about it.
Counselling sessions usually take place on a weekly basis and each session lasts 50 minutes. The first session is a time of exploration where we can get to know each other and would help you to decide if I would be the right counsellor to help you. I’d be interested in finding out what you would like to achieve from counselling and would explain how the counselling process works. Some clients prefer a short-term approach, whilst others find it beneficial to take sessions on a longer-term basis.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Vital Connexions, Edinburgh: COSCA validated Diploma in Counselling
- The Centre of Therapy, Glasgow: SCOTACS CBT Toolkit SVQF Level 8
- Quiet Waters, Falkirk: Introduction to Counselling
- Self-Employed Counsellor
- Hope Counselling Aberdeen: Centre Director; Counsellor; Student Mentor
- Robert Gordon’s University: Student Counsellor
- Mearns Counselling Kincardineshire Community Hospital Stonehaven: NHS Counselling (GP referrals)
- Cairns Counselling Aberdeen:Counsellor
- Quiet Waters Falkirk: Telephone Counsellor offering a listening service to those with life issues
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EAP enquires are welcome.
Fee per 50 minute session
No charge is made if an appointment is cancelled with at least 48 hours notice. If less than due notice is given, full payment is required.
I hold a current PVG Disclosure Scotland check.
I am happy to offer FaceTime or Skype counselling, however I would prefer to meet you face-to-face for the first appointment (if possible, but can be flexible on that point).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|