Valeria Aquino

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Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 6AB
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About me

I offer psychotherapy and counselling to young people and adults on a short- and long-term basis.


Psychotherapy offers an invitation to speak, as freely and truthfully as you like. Regarding the things in your life that are most important to you. Therapy isn’t easy nor is it a quick fix. It is something that takes commitment, time, and pacing. This is something I can help you with. Part of the commitment is our working together.  I can offer a complimentary chat where you can share your story, ask questions, and most importantly, see if we click. Feeling at ease and supported in therapy is essential, and this initial chat allows us to establish that foundation.

My philosophy is to honor the uniqueness of each client, I believe you are the expert in yourself, and you set the pace. I will help you to explore different thoughts and feelings, offer appropriate interventions, help you look at patterns and create coping mechanisms that work for you. 

Therapy is a safe space for you to talk about things affecting you with someone who is not a part of your life. It is space to process things and gain 

 It is space to process things and gain a different perspective. A space to be supported and felt seen and heard. A space for you to use, in whatever way you need (I will help you figure this out). In short this is a space for you to be your complete authentic self. 

I specialise in body-orientated approaches. This is something I am also very passionate about. Working in this way helps you understand, express and integrate your individual experiences, when trying to communicate through just words isn’t enough. Working in this way can help cultivate more awareness of your needs, and how they might be met. As a therapist, I view every person’s story as a potent force for self-discovery and self-renewal. By working creatively and collaboratively with you, I hope to breathe fresh life into your outdated narratives and turn dramatic life moments into important opportunities for providing meaning and personal growth.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been practising therapy since 2019. I have a lot of experience in working with a diverse range of adults and young people, in voluntary sectors, and in private practice settings. I am an Integrative therapist currently doing an MA in Gestalt therapy. I also studied Psychology (BSc), focusing on clinical and social psychology (University of Cordoba, 1993).

I split my practice between working one-to-one with individuals and facilitating wellbeing groups with women and young refugees and asylum seekers.

Prior to counselling I worked in residential settings and in the community supporting people in recovery with complex mental health difficulties and those who have complex trauma. For the last 20 years I have been committed to working in mental health services, with people experiencing a range of issues. 

I would describe my approach as humanistic and integrative. My style is embodied, relational and creative. Alongside Gestalt, I also draw from disciplines like Neuroscience, Somatic and Sensorimotor therapies to meet and support the different situations my clients present. I understand the significance of the mind-body connection in healing and how important the therapeutic relationship is  for nourishing the environment for this connection to occur. I am especially focussed on using embodiment and a creative method approach to therapy, where we look at issues of culture and difference; and the role of therapy in the service of social justice and equality. 

I am trauma-informed, attachment-focused, and deeply committed to an antiracist, anti-oppressive practice. 

I support clients who face a range of challenges in their day to day lives these including anxiety, depression, work-related stress, relationship difficulties, sexuality issues and bereavement/loss.

  • Advanced Clinical Training in Gestalt psychotherapy (IPG, Madrid), ongoing 
    Master in Social Work (Nottingham University)
    BA Degree in Clinical Psychology  (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
    Trained as Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist
    Accredited member of the National Counselling Society
  • Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society


£65.00 per session

Additional information

I offer weekly, 50-minute sessions to individuals at £65 per session

Further information

I have over a decade of clinical experience in the UK working with a range of psychiatric, psychological and emotional issues both in private practice and in community mental health services.

Alongside my private practice, since 2019 I also work as as an individual and group counsellor for Base 51, a Nottingham based service for young people.

During  2013 I had a placement at the NHS in the Personality Disorder Network working with groups

During 2014 I volunteer as Counsellor at apas, a Nottingham based service for people with different types of substance and behavioural addiction.

8 Haywood Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 6AB

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

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